Press Release - 02/19/19

CVCC Writing Center Gains Valuable Certification

LYNCHBURG, VA – Professors with the Central Virginia Community College Humanities & Social Services division, announced a highly valued certification for the college Writing Center. This new certification is awarded from the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) and is known as the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC).  

Ms. Lana Velez, CVCC Assistant Professor of Humanities & Social Sciences explained, “When developing the CVCC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) a few years ago, and researching best practices for college writing centers, we discovered the high standards set by CRLA and made it a goal to achieve the ITTPC certification.”  

The purpose of the ITTPC program is twofold. First, it provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors' successful work from an international organization; CRLA. Second, the CRLA's tutor training program certification process sets an internationally accepted standard of skills and training for CVCC tutors. ITTPC does not certify tutors or tutor trainers, but instead certifies tutor training programs which can, in turn, enable CVCC to recognize their tutors who have met all of the requirements of their tutor training program.

Velez added, “We also found that other colleges and universities often did not acquire this certification on the first attempt, which was somewhat discouraging. To earn this recognition – and on our first try – is quite a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone at our writing center, especially Matt Latimer, our director.”

ITTPC certifies tutor training programs in postsecondary educational institutions like CVCC. Once granted CRLA certification, the tutor training programs each have the authority to recognize their tutors as having met the approved ITTPC tutor training requirements.

Walter Beverly, a CVCC Writing Center tutor stated, “From all I've read and heard, I'm excited about the new opportunities this certification brings, both for the Writing Center and myself. We could certainly use greater resources for certain aspects of our work, in particular regarding ESL and developmental students. For myself, I'm excited that I will be able to carry this certification with me, both here and potentially elsewhere on my career path.”
According to the CRLA, the ITTPC offers numerous benefits for individual tutors, tutorial coordinators, and programs. The following is a partial list of the benefits and opportunities that are possible with CRLA International Tutor Training Program Certification:

1.    Develop a superior tutoring program by utilizing certification guidelines.
2.    Create a spirit of teamwork in tutor training curriculum design, actual tutor training, and tutor evaluation.
3.    Secure greater student and faculty confidence and respect for the tutorial staff and program.
4.    Attract highly motivated tutors with CRLA Certification credentials and its extensive training.
5.    Honor tutors who have completed all requirements of the CRLA-certified tutor training program.

For more information about the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) and International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC), please contact the CVCC Writing Center at:

CVCC Writing Center, 434.832.7628 

Located in Bedford Hall, Room 3201

Days/Hours of Operation:

Mon. - Thurs. 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat. - Sun.  CLOSED