Over the past several years, Trinity Baptist College has developed a strong relationship with nearby Crystal Springs Elementary (CSE). Through the Federal Work Study Program and in collaboration with CSE, Trinity Baptist College was able to create a student employee position which simultaneously addresses tutoring needs in CSE and provides additional financial aid for a college student in the FWS program.
Through this program, current TBC senior, Tiffani Edwards, tutored reading and math at CSE during the 2017-2018 school year. Tiffani is an Elementary Education major and her dream is to work in the public school sector. Talking about her experience at CSE, Tiffani smiled and said,
“I’ve had experience helping kids with homework before. But I feel like this really gave me a different perspective. This is a bigger deal – the kids are being tested on this material. Some of them are behind in certain areas and I had to figure out ways to fill in the gaps.”
Typically, she would tutor 4-6 students at a time.
“It wasn’t really the whole classroom concept of being a teacher yet, but it’s one step closer to that.”
The assistant principal at CSE was very pleased with Tiffani’s work and has requested more TBC students to fill tutoring positions. Sashuas Rodriguez, an Elementary Special Education major at TBC, has accepted the tutoring position for the current (2018-2019) school year.
TBC Financial Aid Director Mark Elkins explains how this work study arrangement is of benefit to everyone involved.
The U.S. Department of Education indicates that a portion of TBC’s annual funding allocation in the Federal Work Study program must be dedicated to a wage match for a student(s) employed in a public service capacity involving reading and math tutoring. So, this is really a win-win-win-win effort. CSE students receive one-on-one help with reading and math, CSE Administration have a dedicated reading and math tutor at no cost, a TBC student gains valuable hands-on experience as well as additional financial aid, and TBC is able to give back to the community.
We are privileged to be in the position to invest in our local Jacksonville community by providing quality tutors who can help young people grow academically. In return, participating TBC students receive valuable real-world experience in their chosen area of study. This kind of practical involvement paves the way for our education majors to graduate with qualifying resume credentials as well as a passion for education.