Free Saturday math tutoring program begins at Franklin campus

Published 4:33 pm Thursday, August 7, 2014

FRANKLIN— Math can be a challenge for many students. That’s why Paul D. Camp Community College is offering free help with its “Math Academy Saturdays” Tutoring effort. Sessions for rising third through sixth grade students gets underway Saturday, Aug. 9, at the college’s Franklin Campus, located at 100 North College Drive.

According to Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., PDCCC president and advocate for the college’s launch of this math tutoring initiative, without a good grasp of basic math skills, many of the opportunities in our new and changing market place simply will be unavailable to job seekers.

“We are excited about the launch of the Math Saturday tutoring effort in Franklin,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins Brady. “Students with their parents and guardians will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so no pre-registration is required. Games and information will be available for the parents and students. We just launched this initiative in Suffolk in spring, and the sessions were well-attended.”

Participants may choose one of two sessions offered each Saturday afternoon. Session one will run from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m., while session two will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

The math tutoring effort is part of a larger PDCCC Math Academy program.

“PDCCC’s Math Academy is a new grant-funded, multi-strategy initiative to promote mathematics literacy. We are doing the program in partnership with schools and community organizations in the college’s service region. The elements of Math Academy include ‘Math Academy Saturdays’ tutoring, a symposia with K-12 educators, and the provision of mathematics resources to the community through the college’s new Library Learning Commons,” added Dr. Atkins-Brady.

The initial offering of Math Academy Saturdays got underway in spring in Suffolk. PDCCC plans to expand the Math Academy Saturdays to other grade levels, as well as adults.

For more information, contact PDCCC Program Coordinator Rebecca Mercer at or Dr. Atkins-Brady,