Bridge to College Alumni: Roger Speid


  • Completed Bridge-to-College Program Fall Semester 2007
  • In addition to college course embedded in the Program, completed one additional college course at CCV – Bennington
  • Enrolled in college courses at Community College of Vermont – Bennington as part-time student, Spring Semester through Spring Semester 2009 and Summer Sessions 2008 and 2009, while employed full-time, completing 37 college credits with a 3.9 GPA
  • Awarded Vermont Student Assistance Corporation  (VSAC) scholarships
  • Completed LNA training and certification preparation and is employed full-time in that job role
  • Enrolled in Vermont Technical College School of Nursing for a RN, Fall Semester 2009

In his own words:

My journey in pursuing a nursing degree began at The Tutorial Center about three years ago. When I met Barbara Croft, Manchester Site Coordinator, she made me feel right at home and was very helpful and kind in all that she did for me, along with all the instructional staff at TTC, while I was getting ready for the GED exams. After achieving my GED, I was encouraged to take the next educational step, once again with the support of The Tutorial Center.

The Bennington Bridge-to-College Program was one of the many TTC resources available and the program that got me started on my college journey. It is a program designed to help students in the transition process to develop their academic skills and self-confidence, ease their way into taking college credit courses, and improve the chances for their success. The person who was responsible for the Program at that time was Jan Martin Bopp, Program Coordinator and adult educator. He, too, because of his leadership skills and drive to help others, was one of the people who inspired me to work harder toward reaching my goal.

Currently, I am completing 37 college credits at the Community College of Vermont in Bennington, and will be transferring to Vermont Technical College in the fall of 2009 where I will pursue an associate’s degree in nursing (RN). This would not have been possible if I had not taken the initiative to start the journey and did not have the resources from The Tutorial Center and support from the wonderful staff that has helped me over the past few years.

My advice to anyone thinking of furthering his/her education is to make a start. It takes hard work and determination, but it is worth the sacrifice. Furthermore, the sooner you start pursuing your dreams, the sooner you will realize them. The Tutorial Center has a wealth of human resources, information, and support services available for just about anyone who needs academic help.

TTC Director Took MORE THAN 81,734 Steps for Literacy!

Go Jack Go, was the chant. And Go Jack Did! On May 20, 2010 Jack Glade, Executive Director of The Tutorial Center, set out on a 38.7 mile Rim-to-Rim Grand Canyon Hike, and every step he took benefitted children at risk.

The highly successful Steps for Literacy campaign brought in over $8,800 to build up our S.O.S. Scholarships Fund so that more children will have the opportunity to receive needed academic tutoring and the chance to succeed in school.

You can read all about Jack’s rigorous trek, view his photographs, read about his training progress, and also see his generous community sponsors at the Steps for Literacy website.

The Tutorial Center Brought Best Practices to National Conference on Literacy Crisis

TTC attended first-ever national conference on adult education and literacy to represent state and local needs

Jack Glade, Janice Leslie, and Jan Bopp of The Tutorial Center in Bennington and Manchester presented workshops to hundreds of literacy organizations from around the country who attended the first-ever national conference on adult basic education and literacy in Chicago, Ill., the week of March 15.

“With record job losses and demand for services soaring, there has never been a more crucial time for this conference. It will bring greater attention to the adult literacy crisis estimated to impact one in seven adults nationally,” said Glade, Executive Director of The Tutorial Center.

The Tutorial Center is a member of ProLiteracy, the world’s largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs with 1,200 community based members in the U.S.  In Vermont, The Tutorial Center is a member organization of LearningWorks, Vermont’s adult education and literacy system. Glade, Leslie, and Bopp presented two separate workshops on exemplary literacy programs offered at The Tutorial Center.

The conference, co-hosted by ProLiteracy and the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE), brought together more than 1,500 education experts; political leaders, including Obama administration representatives; and adult learners to discuss strategies to address funding shortages and increase collaborations as the demand for services continues to grow across the country.

Doing so, they join a roster of presenters that will feature prominent national speakers and advocates who will draw attention to America’s expanding literacy crisis including Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education; Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor; Byron Pitts, Chief National Correspondent for the CBS Evening News, “60 Minutes” contributor, author, and champion of personal literacy struggles; Scott Simon, NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host and author; and David Harvey, President and CEO, ProLiteracy.

“This inaugural joint conference marks a historic milestone in adult education, when we bring together top political and industry advocates to try to open America’s eyes to the adult literacy crisis, which affects 32 million adults and their families,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy.

Summer Tutoring Helps Avoid Vacation Skills/Memory Slump

Keep your child connected during the break. Recent studies show that over the summer, your young student can lose lots of momentum, facts, skills, and motivation! These same studies also show that just as little as an hour or two a week of tutoring over summer vacation can exponentially reduce the student’s Fall semester start-up curve and help her/him hit the ground running!

We can help with any subject, any grade. Our experienced tutors will help with skill building, subject knowledge, study skills, motivation, and year-end test-taking. You can sign up for as little as 1 hour a week for a few weeks or as much as you want.

Don’t let the summer slip by and your student lose what he learned over the last year. Call us in Bennington at 447-0111, or in Manchester at 362-0222.

Bridge to College Alumni: Ashley Cunningham

  • rockstar_ashleyCompleted Bridge-to-College Program Fall Semester 2007
  • Enrolled in college courses at Community College of Vermont – Bennington as part-time student, Spring Semester 2008 through Fall Semester 2008, as married mother of three children with part-time employment
  • Awarded A.A.U.W. Scholarships for Female Non-traditional Students both Spring and Fall Semesters 2008
  • Became full-time college student at CCV Spring Semester 2009

In her own words:

I had my first child at the age of 14. Not knowing where to turn, I went to Sunrise Family Resource Center for family development support. While participating in their educational program for teen parents and moms-to-be, I was fortunate to take part in an activities-based reading series called the “Tell Me a Story Project” provided by The Tutorial Center. That project taught us how to interact with books and with our children. We read aloud and acted out the children’s books that we would read with our children. We also did hands-on activities and neat little art projects about the books that we could do with our children as their first teachers. My child loved it!

After I graduated with a high school diploma, I didn’t feel as if I was ready for college yet. So once again not knowing where to do, I went to The Tutorial Center and asked if I could go back to school: “ha ha,” as crazy as that sounds. The interviewer looked at me and told me that I was talking to the wrong person. I needed to be talking with Jan Bopp about the Bridge-to-College Program. I was nervous, but agreed. In came Jan (the Tell Me a Story man) and we started talking about the transition program and how it would help me get ready for college-level classes and how to be successful in college. For some reason I trusted him. It sounded like he knew his stuff; and what did I have left to lose, nothing, only something to gain.”Only to gain” was right.

While I was in Bridge-to-College, I not only received the help I asked for, but much more. I gained a wide knowledge base covering all academic basics and a family of fellow students. Everyone in our program group was absolutely wonderful. We all got along and felt comfortable with each other and the staff right away. I can’t even express how much I gained from this program. If the Bridge-to-College had not been available, I’m not sure where I would be right now. I don’t even want to think about that.

I graduated from Bridge-to-College and am currently working full-time on an Associate’s Degree in Business. I have 30 credits as of Spring Semester 2009, and will have one full year ahead of me to complete the requirements for my degree.
Thank you so much, Tutorial Center, for having made this opportunity available. To anyone else for whom this chance comes along, take it. You will not regret it.