Newport News to offer 24/7 online tutoring to K-12 dependents of all city employees

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Posted at 10:35 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 10:35:24-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The City of Newport News is the first city in the country to offer’s online academic support services as an employee benefit.

City officials announced Tuesday that Newport News has partnered with to provide all K-12 dependents of the city's 4,000 employees free 24/7 access to online tutoring.

“We understand the challenges parents are facing in this COVID environment in terms of helping their children with virtual learning,” said City Manager Cindy Rohlf. “It is our hope that by providing this service as a part of our Renew Employee Wellness program, our employees and their school aged children will get the support and assistance they need for academic success.” offers 24/7, on-demand, 1-to-1 online tutoring services across more than 75 subject areas for elementary, middle and high school students.

Additionally, K-12 dependents of city employees also have access to student study-skills training, drop-off essay review, SAT/ACT prep, and more.

“As an organization, we are thrilled to be able to offer the benefits of to our employees,” said Newport News Director of Human Resources Karen Witherspoon. “This amazing resource can provide invaluable benefits to employees in all job groups. In today’s uncertain world, we can provide our employees with tools and expertise 20 years in the making. There is no greater benefit than offering peace of mind with 24/7 access.” is being offered to employees through the city’s Renew Employee Wellness Program.

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