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NMJC Offers Online Tutoring via Skype

10/10/2011 4:17:25 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. The New Mexico Junior College Tutoring Program has officially rocketed into the 21 st century, thanks to their new free online tutoring services via Skype, a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. For NMJC students who live outside of Lea County, prefer an online learning environment, or simply need academic assistance that can fit within a demanding work schedule, the NMJC Tutoring Program now has the technological capability to meet most tutoring needs. Chandra Koger, NMJC's Learning Resource CenterlTutoring Coordinator, came up with the idea of creating a new online tutoring service using Skype in conjunction with NMJC's tutors. "I received requests from students that lived outside of Lea County who wanted to work with our tutors online," said Koger. "I also knew of several students that wanted to continue working with their NMJC tutors, even though those tutors were transferring to other universities to pursue advanced degrees. Having used Skype myself for some time, I knew that it could be a wonderful way to meet the tutoring needs of our students."

Koger shared her idea with Dr. Mickey Best, Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Career Technology, and with his support, they were able to move forward with the plan and create something that Koger defines as "truly revolutionary" in a higher education tutoring program. "I'm very proud of our efforts," she said, "and I know this will be incredibly beneficial for NMJC students for years to come."

The NMJC Tutoring Program offers online tutoring in math, science, English, Spanish, and Transitional Studies. In order to receive these online tutoring services, students must be enrolled for credit in the subject(s) for which they are requesting tutoring, complete a tutee information form in the Learning Resource Center or provide the necessary information by phone or email, and have an online Skype account, as well as access to a computer with a webcam.

For students who don't have a Skype account or access to a computer with a webcam, the Learning Resource Center offers 14 computers with the latest version of Skype as well as webcams for students to use. The Learning Resource Center is located in Mansur Hall 121, and operational hours are Mon.-Thurs. from 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. from 8am-5pm, and Sat. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For additional information, contact Chandra Koger at 575.492.2623 or CKoger@nmjc.edu, or visit the NMJC Tutoring Program Facebook page.

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