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By Jamie Stewart
The Shafter Press 

Tutoring goes online at Learning Center


March 26, 2020 | View PDF

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Adding to the collateral damage of the coronavirus was the recent closure of the Shafter Learning Center. This facility has been instrumental in the ongoing education of our youth as well as the adults of Shafter who are interested in expanding their horizons by taking a class of interest.

David Franz, director of the Shafter Learning Center, said that the facility is working hard to continue to help the parents and students of Shafter reach their dreams. In this trying time, Franz and company have started an online tutoring service that will adapt to the specific needs of the students.

"It was a difficult thing to close the doors of the Learning Center," Franz said. "I think that the work that happens there is really important to our community. It takes something as serious as this virus to close."

They have been looking for ways to continue their work without a building. This week, they have launched an online tutoring service. Franz said that all of the changes have come so fast that it can be overwhelming for students, parents and all of us.

Those interested in the tutoring services can go to to schedule a session.

They are launching their Virtual Shafter Learning Center and will be offering academic support online. They will offer one-on-one and small-group tutoring and academic opportunities. "We have a great team of tutors ready to help your students, all of which are bilingual and have strong academic records."

Many of their tutors also have obtained bachelor's degrees in a specialized field of study. Once they receive a request for online tutoring services, they will be reaching out to set up an introduction.

This service is available to Shafter community members and/or students who attend a Shafter school.

Franz added that they will soon be opening up language tutoring and conversation practice for people of all ages looking to learn English or Spanish. Their tutors are all bilingual and are happy to be a practice partner regardless of your skill level.

In addition to going to the website to sign up for the programs, the Learning Center also welcomes those who have any feedback. Those interested can reach out to the program manager, Amerika Nino-Rodriguez, directly at [email protected] or on their Facebook page.


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