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Hi Diane,

I have worked at various institutes and at some, training was a mandatory
requirement for the position and for others it was not. At one university,
the chemistry courses were the most sought after courses by students and we
partnered with the chemistry department to offer a course that would review
the material with tutors and go over the best ways to help students learn
the material. It was mandatory for all new and returning tutors. However,
since it was worth 1 credit there were some exceptions like if it would
affect a tutor's financial aid or something like that, or if there were
other circumstances and the tutor had already been through the course
several times.

I agree with Debbie that most jobs require mandatory training and as long
as it's explained at the outset of hiring, I don't see why you can't make
it a requirement. I would probably consider some possible alternatives and
guidelines on what exceptions you would consider if you foresee it being an
issue for some people. Offering it multiple days and times can also help
minimize the occurrence of tutors being unavailable. For the course I
mentioned above, the tutors enrolled in the course but there was not a day
or time listed. Once everyone had enrolled, the instructor would poll all
of the staff to come up with multiple days and times that would work for
everyone, so we rarely encountered issues.

Best,
Krystal
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On Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 12:18 PM Diane Flores-Kagan <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Hello,
>
> This is an old subject, but because my college has transformed our tutor
> training courses, questions have been raised from our department as to
> whether or not we can require new and current tutors to take the level one
> course.  We have always encouraged them to enroll in the course, but can
> there be a requirement to do so?
>
> Please advise.
> Thank you.
>
> --
> Prof. Diane Flores-Kagan
> Writing Center Learning Specialist
> Antelope Valley College
> 661.722.6300, ext. 6018
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