Tutoring Business Is Booming

By Frank Witsil
Detroit Free Press

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Lucy Lapekas, the executive director of the National Tutoring Association says “Tutoring is exploding.” She estimates there are more than 20,000 tutoring enterprises nationwide, although she said it is difficult to track the numbers.

Detroit Free Press

For Srinivas Challagundla, who is opening an educational center in Farmington Hills, tutoring isn’t just about helping students do better in school and on tests, it also is an enterprise.

“I think this is a good business,” said the 39-year-old father who works in information technology for Carhartt and plans to sign up his own children at the center. “There’s a lot of interest in supplemental education.”

Businesses such as Challagundla’s are popping up in Michigan and nationally.

“Tutoring is exploding,” said Lucy Lapekas, the executive director of the National Tutoring Association in Lakeland, Fla. “It started exploding about 10 years ago and we thought it would for a few years and would level off. But it kept exploding.”

The association’s membership growth — 20% a year — reflects the industry’s, she said.

She estimates there are more than 20,000 tutoring enterprises nationwide, although she said it is difficult to track the numbers.

The association, which started in 1992 and certifies tutors, now has about 15,000 members.
A growing demand

Challagundla’s enterprise is a franchise of Best in Class, a Seattle-based company that plans to open a dozen franchises nationally this year.

It is just one of a growing number of companies seeking to capitalize on the educational services boom aimed at students — or their parents — who want to catch up to classmates and, in what has become a competitive area, surpass them.

The trend is driven by many factors, according to Lapekas and other experts, including a growing demand for them and government programs that have been covering the cost for some of them.

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