Photo 2012 Tutors (Front L-R): Heather Blanchard, Ching "Bill" Chan, Jackalyn Henry. (Back L-R): Thomas Higdon, Kalie Weich, Emery Clayson, Chadi Miyame, and Clint Schad. Not Pictured: Glen Johnson (IWV campus) and Kyle Mcdade (KRV campus). Photo Supplemental Instruction Leaders: Enrique Carillo-Salub and Stacy Johnson. Not pictured: Patrick McGaughy (KRV campus)

News Release


Cerro Coso Tutors and SI Leaders Help Students Succeed

June 12, 2012

Cerro Coso Community College offers a FREE peer-based Tutoring Program that provides one-on-one and group tutoring services to help students succeed in college. Every semester Cerro Coso honors its tutors with a Tutor Appreciation Luncheon.

Tutors are evaluated on their tutoring practices and when they achieve 25 hours of successful tutoring experience, Cerro Coso through the College Reading and Learning Association awards tutors an International Tutor Level I Certificate.

During the Spring 2012 semester, ten students from the Ridgecrest and Kern River Valley campuses earned certificates.

Supplemental instruction (SI) leaders receive additional hours of training and work with instructors to provide supplemental instruction to a class study group.

Tutors themselves often carry many units and are leaders on and off campus. Some work outside jobs and participate in college or community activities. They consistently offer many additional hours of time to help other students learn both the skills for course success as well as difficult course concepts.

The Tutoring Program at the college assists students with fine-tuning their learning skills for courses offered on campus and online. Tutoring is provided for free by grant and general funds to registered Cerro Coso students at various campus locations or via campus computers to online students.

Instructor referral is required to become a tutor, lab aide tutor, or SI leader and requires additional hours of training to work with a diverse population of students.

For more information on the Tutoring Program at Cerro Coso contact the College Learning Assistance Center at (760) 384-6161.


Natalie Dorrell, Public Information (760) 384-6260