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    For anyone interested in going on to graduate school or getting a job after college, listen up. Nearly every graduate school or potential employer will ask this question: "Did you ever do any volunteer work as an undergraduate?^

    Now, with the help of the Pipeline Project, students can say, ÒYes, I sure did!"

    The Pipeline Project is a UW organization that allows students an opportunity to volunteer within Seattle area schools.

    By placing student tutors and mentors into elementary, junior high and high school environments, the Pipeline Project provides an opportunity to put the skills and knowledge acquired in the college classroom to use in the real world by helping young students.

    The program was founded over three years ago through a grant from the Coca-Cola foundation. As one of 15 institutions to receive this grant, the UW has extended outstanding support to the Pipeline Project.

    This project is housed in the Office of Undergraduate Education and works closely with the Office of Educational Partnerships and the Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center.

    The College of Education, the Department of English, and the Office of Minority Affairs are just a few of the many departments at UW that support the Pipeline Project.

    For example, the Pipeline Project, working with the College of Engineering, is a partner in the PRIME project (www.engr.washington.edu/prime). PRIME gives students of math, science, and engineering the opportunity to implement what is learned in the classroom through working with K-12 teachers to teach tomorrow's generation, today.

    The Pipeline Project currently works with nearly 1,000 volunteers in some 60 schools throughout the Seattle area.

    Students can become involved in the Pipeline Project through personal placement, service learning or tutoring for credit.

    Personal placement allows individuals to tailor their tutoring experience to accommodate their areas of interest, their preferred teaching locations and the availability of their time. Thus, science students can tutor in math and science, while English majors work in reading and writing.

    This option allows students to tutor at their former schools or areas close to where they live, and at times that are convenient.

    Service learning allows students enrolled in service-learning classes to take what they learn in the classroom directly into the field.

    Elementary, junior high, and high schools become a field laboratory where college students get the opportunity to work with younger students, applying classroom lessons to the tutoring or mentoring experience.

    Under the tutoring for credit option, the Pipeline Project offers one to two credits each quarter for two and one-half to five hours of tutoring per week.

    This works well for students who have an interest in tutoring, but who may need an extra incentive to volunteer their time.

    Christine Stickler, the director of the Pipeline Project, does not believe that "you can separate being a tutor and being a mentor."     The Pipeline Project hopes to introduce a pilot program in the fall of 2000 that will emphasize the mentoring aspect of being a tutor.

    Modeled after a tutoring and mentoring project in Arizona, the local version will give UW students the opportunity to get involved in the lives of young students by participating together in activities outside of school such as baseball games, lectures or other activities of common interest.

    Stickler's support for tutoring is exemplified by an anecdote which she calls, "The Ben Story."

    Ben had always been a bright student. Then, in the fourth grade, Ben's parents divorced. The divorce had a devastating effect on Ben, causing him to lose interest in school, with his grades suffering greatly.

    When he was in sixth grade, a group of engineering students from a local college went to his school to tutor, and showed Ben and the other students that learning math and science would allow them to do follow their dreams.

    "You mean if I learn math, I can be an engineer?" Ben asked.

    Years later, Ben graduated from college with a degree in aeronautical engineering.

    Stickler is convinced that tutoring changed Ben's life.

    And she knows there are many other young children like Ben who can benefit from a college student's help and guidance.     The Pipeline Project staff can be reached at 616-2302, by e-mail at pipeline@u.washington.edu or on the Web at www.washington.edu/uwired/outreach/pipeline.

    Before tutoring, students must attend an orientation session. Orientation sessions are held Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Pipeline Project's office in the Old Electrical Engineering building, room 230. #hide#show http_user_agent="Lynx"#show Next article Copyright©2000 The Daily University of Washington #include virtual="/html/macros/1999/news.bottom.html"  

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