​We are always looking for volunteers to work with Adult Literacy Center students.

Literacy coaches meet one to one with their assigned student once a week for 1 to 1 ½​​ hours. In this time of Covid 19 isolation, our coach/student pairs can access Zoom, TEAMS, Skype, or cell phones to meet.

Under normal circumstances, coaching sessions can occur in study rooms on DMACC campuses or at any convenient public location such as libraries or community centers and will be arranged by ALC staff to accommodate both student and literacy coach.

The Adult Literacy Center also uses MindPlay, online instruction that offers anywhere anytime learning. ALC students complete a MindPlay Universal screener to assess skill levels in phonics, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. Each student is then assigned individualized MindPlay learning activities based on their unique learning needs.

Literacy Coaches prepare reading, spelling and speaking activities that align with their student’s interests and capabilities. The ALC has many free resources available as well as personal contact with knowledgeable office staff.

How to Become a Literacy Coach

Complete the Literacy Coach application and indicate times you will be available. Coaches and students are matched according to their availability and preferences. A one-year commitment is requested.

Call 515-248-7517 or email vlmerrifield@dmacc.edu with questions.

Com​plete Coach​ Application