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NJ Tutoring Corps gets federal apprenticeship designation, opening doors to funding


In New Jersey, tutors will have a new path available to them to become teachers — through an apprenticeship.

The federal Department of Labor has designated the New Jersey Tutoring Corps as a registered apprenticeship pathway.

“Not only are we focused on the growth of our scholars, we are also focused on the growth of our tutors, our psych coordinators our instructional coaches,” said CEO Katherine Bassett, “but this gives us an opportunity to help build the education pipeline in our state.”

The tutors focus on small group sessions with just a few students, held twice or three times a week.

Through the corps, tutors can earn academic credits for tutoring in schools in the state as they work to become teachers. The corps has a partnership with New Jersey City University.

“People who enroll in the apprenticeship program will be given credit for those hours that they’re working, they can earn up to two classes of credit at New Jersey City University so it’s saving them money,” said Bassett.

The designation as a federal apprenticeship pathway makes the corps eligible for funding through tax credits and apprenticeship grants.

Bassett says money from the state has helped out too.

“We’ve been given a line item in the governor’s budget for the past two years which enables us to run our summer tutoring program. Most of our summer partners are community based partners like boys and girls clubs, YMCA’s, they don’t have money to pay us to tutor,” she said.

Janice Kirkel is a lifelong award-winning journalist who has done everything from network newscasts to national and local sports reports to business newscasts to specialized reporting and editing in technical areas of business and finance such as bankruptcy, capital structure changes and reporting on the business of the investment business.