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Banner for the tutor symposium with group shot of Learning Resources staff.

Professional development is vital to ensuring MDC tutors are providing the best support possible to our students. Learning Resources has worked together to build a tutor training program known as TutorTIPs. All new tutors, lab instructors, instructional assistants, and other personnel that deliver supplemental support to students will go through our Tutor Training Intensive Program (TutorTIPs). The first phase involves a 10-hour training combining face-to-face sessions, online tutorials covering a variety of topics recommended by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), and the National Tutoring Association (NTA) and shadowing. Tutors must complete this training within the first two weeks of being hired to ensure that all tutors have the same foundational skills, be versed in a variety of tutoring modalities, and meet the standards of the accrediting bodies.

Additionally, Learning Resources hosts an annual TutorTIPs Symposium that brings tutors together across the college to network, learn, and present best practices.  We look forward to working with each of you as we travel on our journey to explore and implement new strategies to continue focusing and supporting our students.

For more information on TutorTIPs and to view training materials in our phase one of training please visit:



Flyer for the 9th Annual Tutor Symposium

Keynote Speaker

Maria Villalobos received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida State University and her Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University. While at FSU, Maria found her passion for social justice and education and became heavily involved with the Center for Leadership and Social Change, and the Hispanic/Latino Student Union.

Maria is extremely passionate about education equity and ensuring that all students have access to a great education. Prior to MDC, she was a Teach For America Corps member with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, an elementary school teacher with the KIPP network in Redwood City, California, and the Character and Leadership Development Coordinator at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.

For the past 6 years, Maria has taken her passion for education to higher education and has served as a Career and talent Development Coordinator at FIU, and now serves as the iCED Director at MDC’s North campus.