ST. LOUIS, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dubbing it recession-proof may be a bit of stretch, but the tutoring industry is growing significantly, especially at Varsity Tutors.
The national tutoring company plans to contract more than 800 new tutors in the next six months. Tutors meet with students and provide one-on-one assistance and academic tutoring. The company is experiencing a tutor shortage in numerous cities and has ramped up efforts to contract more high-quality tutors. Varsity Tutors has even had to place students on waiting lists due to the current tutor shortage in some markets.
The company will be expanding its staff in 14 select cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Saint Louis, Seattle, Tucson, and Washington D.C.
CEO Chuck Cohn says working for Varsity Tutors can be a great opportunity for both teachers who have recently lost their jobs due to schools downsizing and for those who cannot find jobs during hiring freezes. The company is specifically interested in teachers with proven experience in working with and teaching students.
"When we started hearing all the news of thousands and thousands of teachers being laid off, we knew we could do something," says Cohn. "We knew we had an opportunity to bring some of those teachers in. And so far, they've been great tutors."
Cohn credits a focus on tutor quality operational excellence and a metric-driven culture to fueling the company's growth.
"We have some of the industry's strictest requirements for our tutors, both academically and personality-wise," says Cohn. "It's one thing to be elite academically, but we really look for tutors who can communicate knowledge. All the knowledge in the world is meaningless if you can't communicate it effectively." The company has turned down tutors with perfect SAT scores because they lacked great communication skills.
The national company is contracting tutors from various educational backgrounds. It is looking for socially and academically brilliant teachers, professors, college students, graduate students, young professionals, and retired teachers/professors. Varsity Tutors is contracting tutors in test prep, math, science, foreign languages, elementary school subjects, and related areas. The company is growing more in the test prep arena, specifically in college admissions tests (SAT, ACT, PSAT). In a number of cities, the company plans to quickly expand its test prep tutoring team in order to meet increased demand of its services.
To apply to be a tutor, applicants should complete the company's tutoring job application.
About Varsity Tutors:
Varsity Tutors is a national tutoring company with origins in the entrepreneurship program of Washington University in St. Louis, one of the top such programs in the country. CEO Chuck Cohn launched the company while an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis and then later bootstrapped the company while working as a venture capitalist at Ascension Health Ventures. When his tutoring company grew to the point where his time and not capital became the primary constraint to the growth, Chuck quit his venture capital job to focus on scaling Varsity Tutors full-time. Since then, the company has grown significantly to 1,200 tutors and over 60 employees. The company hopes to add 800 more tutoring positions this coming school year.
Varsity Tutors offers a complete, 100% money-back guarantee if clients are not satisfied with the service. Varsity Tutors has received excellent reviews and an 'A' rating with the BBB.
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SOURCE Varsity Tutors LLC