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Virtual Tutoring Available for MAHS Students

Penn State GA also offering professional development for parents

By Richard Finch Jr.
The Tube City Almanac
May 08, 2020
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

A partnership between Penn State Greater Allegheny and McKeesport’s Healthy Village Learning Institute will provide tutoring sessions for McKeesport Area School District students in grades 10, 11 and 12 and personal development sessions for up to 40 parents.

Professional and peer tutors with the PSGA’s Gruskin Learning Center and Continuing Education Department will work with students to further develop their study skills, while offering virtual tutoring sessions in math, science, English, French and Spanish. Students can request virtual tutoring through PSGA's Gruskin Learning Center.

The “virtual” personal development programs for parents is designed to assist with understanding individual strengths, joys, needs, stressors, creating a positive work environment and “seeing yourself as others see you,” according to Victoria Garwood, spokesperson for PSGA.

Both the personal development and virtual tutoring sessions are provided at no cost, through the support of The Forbes Funds' C3 Catalytic Communities Cohort Initiative, an organization designed to “create and sustain collaborative relationships with fellow groups within their community to share knowledge and work toward collective community goals,” according to the organizations' website.

Community College of Allegheny County is offering dual enrollment for MASD students, according to Jacqueline Edmondson, chancellor and chief academic officer at the McKeesport-based campus, who credits the support and partnerships with the school district, Mayor Michael Cherepko's office, State Rep. Austin Davis, HVLI, TFF and CCAC.

The partnership demonstrates “that collaboration is alive and well in the Mon Valley, together, we will make a difference in the lives of our residents especially during this unprecedented time,” Edmundson said.

School district spokesperson Kristen Davis said district officials are “excited for the partnership and it's benefit to students, many of which thrive in small group tutoring scenarios.”

The district is required “in our current situation, to think outside of the four walls of a classroom, and rely more heavily on a virtual learning experience,” Davis said. “We look forward to strengthening our outreach to families virtually and know that this partnership will help us in that venture.”

Students interested in tutoring services are asked to contact Marcie Barry, associate principal, at (412) 664-3650 or mbarry@mckasd.org.

Parents interested in registering for the personal development sessions are asked to contact Keith Murphy, executive director of HVLI, at (412) 889-9328 or kmurphy@hvliweb.org.

Richard Finch Jr. is a freelance writer who covers McKeesport Area School District, White Oak and a variety of other topics for Tube City Almanac. He may be reached at finchr43@gmail.com.

Originally published May 08, 2020.

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