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IVCC's Writing Center earns international certification

Illinois Valley Community College’s Writing Center recently earned International Tutor Training Program Certification from the College Reading and Learning Association.

IVCC joins 20 other ITTPC colleges and universities in Illinois with the certification.

“We’re very proud of this distinction. Our training program ensures our tutors are well-versed in the best skills for effective tutoring,” said Writing Center director Nora Villarreal in a press release.

The training program, which can be completed in a semester or a school year, consists of nine sessions along with requirements for assessment, observation and reflection.

Writing Center tutors are paid for their training. Certified institutions use internationally accepted standards of skills and training to create effective programs. Tutors who complete the entire program earn Level One certification, which can transfer with them to other ITTPC institutions.

“A tutor with Level One certification may be a more appealing candidate at a transfer institution,” Villarreal said. “Already having this credential may potentially save both the tutor and transfer institution trainer time and money.

“The credential certainly helps potential transfer tutors stand out from the crowd and students who aspire to become English majors, teachers, writers, journalists, editors or publishers may also find the program beneficial,” she added.

For information, contact Villarreal at 815-224-0331 or visit and click on “Certifications.”

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