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As I feel relatively new to this field I have not posted many comments.  This
time I feel compelled to respond to your post as I have just developed a
training program, had it certified by ITCP of CRLA and awarded Levels One and
Two certificates to the first tutors to complete the training.  It has been a
wonderful learning experience for me. I gathered as much information about other
tutor training programs (Listers and CRLA participants have been incredibly
generous with their materials and ideas) and did alot of thinking on how I
needed to adjust and adapt the material to fit the needs of my College.  It has
been a work in progress for the first year (and I'm sure for a few years to
come) as I have worked through the organization and presentation of topics. The
response has ultimately been very positive. To start I had to beg, bribe,
cajole, threaten...... anything I could to get the tutors to attend the training
sessions beyond the first mandatory session.  By the time I offered Level Two
over reading week I had a solid core group of very commited tutors and several
new tutors who were clamouring for training!  Likewise with instructors.  At
first instructors just expected that I would match their students and didn't
consider training an issue.  By the end of this academic year I had instructors
commenting on how tutors were talking to them about the students and subjects
tutored and were very impressed with the commitment and approach of the tutors.
When the certificates were awarded I asked the Dean of Services for Students to
present the certificates and talk about the College's support for tutoring and
the tutor training. This program works well enough for our mainly two year
college.  We are in the process of expanding to offer 4 year degrees and I'm
looking forward to keeping the trained tutors for more that one or two years.
It is alot of work to put the training program together and to gain the support
for it within the college - but it is well worth it. The tutors have been very
keen to receive the ITCP certificate.  I wouldn't put all this work out without
the backing of ITCP as there isn't enough payoff for tutors to take the
training.
Our Learning Skills Centre houses the Acdemic Achievement Program in which we
have professional Learning Specialists who work with all students on studying,
learning and writing strategies.  We also have the Disabilities Services and the
Peer Tutor Programs.  The mix works well as we collaborate to provide the best
service to students.
Colleen