Welcome to the Peer Assisted Learning Specialist (PALS) Program Website!

Please note:  Students do not need to register for the PALS program; you'll simply register for a section that's participating in PALS, and you'll have an embedded tutor/mentor in the class to assist students and the instructor.  

In Spring 2014, the Student Success and Equity Committee launched the Peer Assisted Learning Specialist (PALS) Program, targeting Basic Skills Math and English, and CTE courses; it seeks to increase learning and facilitate the successful completion of courses.  We started with a total of 47 sections, and this fall semester, we have 58  sections.  In spring 2016, we increased to 75 sections.

The PALS Program seeks to end disproportionate impact by providing instructional assistance and embedded tutoring.  In addition, we are developing our PALS through a comprehensive training program.                  

PALS facilitate the success of students by cultivating these interrelated concepts:

  • Human capital: knowledge and abilities gained within classes

  • Social capital: connections and community

  • Cultural capital: rules and codes for successful participation in classes and within higher education

  • Agency: acting upon the awareness that one can overcome any obstacles to achieve goals

Peer Assisted Learning Specialists have successfully completed the courses they work in, and share their knowledge and experience of the above 4 concepts to help students learn and find greater success, all to end equity gaps at SRJC.   


Who are PALS? 

Peer Assisted Learning Specialists have the content knowledge and college know-how to help students succeed.  They are former SRJC students and/or community members who provide tutoring to students and instructional assistance. 

What will PALS do?

PALS will attend class, help with assignments, answer course questions, and provide instructional assistance.  PALS are also available to tutor and lead study sessions as needed. 

Why PALS? 

SRJC’s PALS Program seeks to increase student knowledge and skills by fostering community and persistence in the classroom.