Fraser tutoring business augments schools |

Fraser tutoring business augments schools

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

A new business aims to provide students a learning edge by complementing school curriculum.

Nancy Bjerken of Fraser launched Rocky Mountain Tutors Inc. last spring, a one-on-one learning system supported by Club Z!, an in-home professional tutoring program in 400 cities nationwide.

“The biggest reason why kids need tutoring is a confidence boost,” said Bjerken, mother of three ” two of whom are in grade school.

“I was hearing stories of parents taking their students to learning centers in Denver,” she said. “It jumped out at me that we need this.”

Bjerken, who majored in English at the University of Colorado at Boulder and pursued her teaching certification before she “got off on a business track” in corporate and real estate work, said the goal of her business is to provide support for classroom teachers and give parents a way to help their kids succeed during stressful academic times at school ” for all ages, all subjects.

Tutoring services are also available for SAT and ACT prep, study and organizational skills, help with home schooling, and adult enrichment, such as computers, GED and English as a second language.

Bjerken already has 12 qualified tutors available, many who are certified retired or active teachers, others professionals with academic degrees.

A national background check is performed for each tutor, Bjerken said, and her business carries full insurance coverage. The business also has the franchise support of Club Z!, a government-approved supplemental educational provider under the No Child Left Behind Act.

“That’s what makes me different than pulling a flier off of a bulletin board,” she said.

The tutoring business helped eight students over the summer and so far has eight students entering into the school year.

Tutors meet clients at their home, library or school, and are available any day of the week including weekends.

Subjects range from reading to science to advanced math, as well as computer skills for senior citizens.

Bjerken said she recognized a void in the community when Colorado Mountain College pulled its programs out of the county years ago.

“I’ve had a lot of great reception, which is exciting,” she said.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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