West Orange-Cove CISD is offering a new program called the 21st Century Community Learning Center After-School Program for students in kindergarten-12th grade.  The 21st Century Program wants to partner with the Teachers of Tomorrow (TOTs) organization at Lamar State College-Orange. 

The goal of the 21st Century Program is to increase TAKS and TEKS scores, decrease learning deficiencies, reduce drop-out rates, and offer a new outlook on career and education opportunities.  The goal of the TOTs organization is to help college students become local school teachers.  By joining forces, these two groups are on the path to building a mutually beneficial relationship among all student levels.  The TOTs met with program coordinators Deborah Mitchell and Frederick Flore on Thursday, November 20, 2008 to discuss opportunities for college students to volunteer.  Their efforts would consist of assisting students with homework and during enrichment sessions, and overall making a positive difference in the youth of the community. The coordinators stressed to the TOTs members that they could earn college observation hours, opportunities for future employment, and that they would be impacting the lives of area students.

Sessions for the WOCCISD students will be held for 16 hours per week, Monday through Friday, after the regular school day ends.  The school district has scheduled tutorial sessions at Anderson Elementary, West Orange Middle School, and West Orange-Stark High School.  For additional information about the 21st Century Program, please contact Deborah Mitchell at (409) 882-5405.