WCSU earns CRLA certification

Tutors at work in the Ancell Commons at Western Connecticut State University. (photo credit – Peggy Stewart/contributed photo)

DANBURY, CT – Western Connecticut State University’s Ancell Commons and Tutoring Resource Center have been awarded International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) through the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA). The CRLA is a leading professional organization and certifying body in the field of tutoring and learning assistance in higher education.

Certification promotes program credibility for the institution and increases faculty and student confidence in the quality of service by setting standards for a consistent and rigorous tutor training program aligned with internationally recognized best practices, providing avenues for ongoing assessment of tutoring skills, and recognizing the contributions of tutors and empowering their leadership development.

WCSU student Anna Bishop, a Brookfield resident pursuing a B.A. in Psychology, serves as an Ancell Commons tutor.

“Having the CRLA certification is so exciting because it solidifies all of the hard work we’ve put into our tutoring programs here at WCSU,” Bishop said. “Being recognized for our standards, skills and credibility as tutors is truly an honor and reinforces the dedication we’ve put into our training and program. I feel so lucky to be a part of this amazing team and to have received this wonderful recognition!”

Working toward the certification has been a powerful, long-term collaboration between both centers. Tutors receive 12 hours of training in communication techniques, goal setting, ethics and academic integrity, learning strategies and theory, and techniques for promoting independent learning. Peer tutors will have the opportunity to earn a valuable credential that showcases their expertise as tutors.

Peer tutoring is offered free of charge to all WCSU students. To learn more about tutoring services available at WCSU, visit www.wcsu.edu/academic-support/.

To learn more about the CRLA, go to https://crla.net/index.php/certifications/ittpc-international-tutor-training-program.

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

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