Beacon tutors are Sacramento City College students enrolled in at least 6 units who work directly with one instructor and the students in one or more of his or her classes. Beacon tutors are paid up to 5 hours per week: a one-hour meeting with the instructor, one hour of preparation, one hour for attending the instructor’s course, and two hours of tutoring in a group setting.
Instructors choose experienced or qualified students who have performed well in their class, and students submit an instructor-endorsed application to the Beacon coordinator before the announced deadline (usually near the end of the semester prior).
Beacon tutors must take a one-unit, online training class (LTAT 311 or individualized tutor training class, LTAT 310) taught in the first 8 weeks of the semester by the Learning Skills and Tutoring Center coordinators. Beacon tutors who have earned a 4-year degree are exempt from the training course requirement but are encouraged to take the course; if they do choose to waive the course, these students must provide proof of their degree completion along with their application. Beacon tutors can begin (paid) work with students and the instructor after their applications have been processed and while enrolled in a tutor training course.
Beacon tutors are compensated $8.25 per hour and must submit a monthly time sheet, endorsed by their instructor-supervisor. When the Beacon funds are restricted due to budget cuts, applications may be prioritized in order to provide coverage across as many courses and disciplines as possible.