The BridgeValley Community & Technical College (BVCTC) Student Success Center announces membership into the National Tutoring Association (NTA) as an official training site for peer, professional and volunteer hours.

"We wanted to offer our volunteer, peer and professional tutors the opportunity to learn and maintain a highly professional skill in tutoring," said Tina Spaulding, director of student success at BridgeValley CTC.

NTA's purpose is to promote education, specialization and scientific research. It is now the oldest and largest professional association dedicated exclusively to tutoring and represents the interests of thousands of tutors in the United States and 13 other countries, practicing in all phases of tutoring, program administration and supplemental student services. For more, visit https://www.ntatutor.com/about.html.

Becoming a member of the NTA hosts a variety of benefits, BVCTC officials stress. As a training site, members can be considered to hold office or serve on standing committees, qualify to apply for NTA-sponsored research grants and scholarships, annual conferences and much more. Not only are there site benefits to the certification but student peer tutors reap many benefits, as well. Trained tutors can also qualify for honor cords to wear at graduation and an official personalized certificate of training.

"BridgeValley, as the only National Tutoring Association (NTA) accredited site in the state of West Virginia, is in a unique position to offer our students the highest quality professional tutoring services to augment and enhance their classroom experience and learning objectives," said Diann Simmons, coordinator of tutoring services. "Not only have our tutors gone through a rigorous training process to become NTA certified, they also truly care about and want to serve and support our students.

"Any BridgeValley student who is struggling, please reach out to Diann Simmons. We offer tutoring services starting the first day of class to the last day of class and our mission is student success."

NTA-certified tutors and academic coaches allow for increased credibility and better quality and effectiveness of the academic support program at BVCTC. With certified and trained individuals, the program is able to meet the needs of a diverse student population. That also allows for client-based and individualized services as they are more familiar with the content, pedagogy, andragogy, learning techniques, preferences, styles and differentiated learning. Students are offered a higher level of professionalism among their peer tutors, especially for special population students including veterans, non-traditional and those with learning differences as they are trained in cultural competencies.

For more information about the National Tutoring Association, visit https://www.ntatutor.com/.

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