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In CLASP (the Community Learning and Service Partnership), Cornell employees and students work together in learning partnerships. If you work at Cornell and feel that some one-on-one, confidential help will enable you to reach your personal learning goals, CLASP may be right for you.

When you apply, you will have a confidential interview with the CLASP staff. Based on the interview, you will be matched with a student who is trained to assist adults to reach their learning goals or a CLASP staff member.

The two of you will decide on a time and place for your meetings. You may continue in the program for multiple semesters until you feel that you have met your goals.

The managers of Campus Life, Building Care, Grounds, Mail and Transportation, and the Statler Hotel support the program. Many employees, with their supervisor’s approval, have been able to use paid work time to meet with their student partners . While your supervisor will know that you are taking part in the program, all other information, such as your goals and progress, will remain confidential. You can choose whether or not to tell co-workers that you are in the program.

Participation in CLASP is viewed as a sign of an employee’s motivation to better him/herself and is therefore viewed positively by supervisors. If you use work time, supervisors will need to approve the meeting times you have chosen.

Sound Good? It’s Time to Sign Up!

This link will take you to our on-line Interest Form.  You will also have the option to download a pdf version. Just fill it out and return it to your supervisor.

Either way, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Are you interested? The next CLASP session will begin in September 2019, and now is the time to sign up.

Want to brush up your computer skills, exercise your math muscles, or tune up your transcript? Whatever your particular learning goals are, CLASP volunteers look forward to meeting with you. Why not do something nice for yourself this Fall and sign up for CLASP?

Learning goals which you might consider include:

  • Increasing comprehension and pleasure in reading
  • Increasing vocabulary or reading speed
  • Improving writing for business or pleasure
  • Improving English for non-native speakers
  • Preparing for the high school equivalency tests or earning your high school diploma
  • Learning basic computer skills
  • Getting extra help with a college course