America Reads America Counts (ARAC)
America Reads America Counts (ARAC) is an initiative based on the America Reads Challenge Act of 1997 (Clinton Administration). At TCC, it provides opportunities for student development through community outreach by providing tutoring that become part of a child's learning experience. The program fosters self-esteem, motivation and sound study habits in elementary school students in the greater Tulsa community. The America Reads challenge was developed in an effort to engage parents, teachers, community groups, college students and business leaders in the process of helping to ensure that all children are reading independently by the end of the 3rd grade. The America Counts program was added shortly afterwards with the intent of improving the mathematical skills of school children. At TCC, the programs serve children in kindergarten through 6th grade.
What we do
The America Reads America Counts program is administered through Tulsa Community College's Engaged Student Programming office. The office coordinates the recruitment, hiring, placement, training and reporting of time worked by Federal Work-Study eligible students desiring to work as tutors in selected Tulsa public elementary schools. Under this program, tutors work in Title 1 elementary schools in the Tulsa Public school district. Tutors work with at-risk children; these are children who live in low-income areas and are more likely to drop out of high school.
Why we do what we do
Tulsa Community College as an educational institution supplies tutors to Tulsa's public elementary schools in order to play a role in community development, which is in line with Tulsa Community College's mission to "better its community through the intellectual achievement, creative energy and responsible citizenship of its students, faculty and staff by their engagement in teaching, learning and service opportunities that transform and enrich lives".