UW Pipeline Project

FAQs About Inner Pipeline Seminars

Frequently Asked Questions About Inner Pipeline Seminars

What is "Inner Pipeline"?

Each quarter, Pipeline offers a number of Inner Pipeline seminars that focus on a variety of education-related topics. Requirements include participating in a weekly Pipeline seminar and tutoring for at least 2.5 hours a week in the Seattle Public Schools or community organization. Seminar topics range from exploring the current K-12 world of education to arts in the schools, science, math, literacy in the justice system, and more. Click on the left sidebar to see quarterly seminar offerings.

How many credits can I receive for an Inner Pipeline Seminar?

The number of credits a student receives depends on the number of tutoring hours completed in addition to seminar attendance.  All Inner Pipeline seminars are offered through EDUC 401, which are practicum credits.  Credit and tutoring requirements are as follows:

  • 2 credits: 2-3 hours tutoring/week (at least 20 hours tutoring/quarter)
  • 3 credits: 5 hours tutoring/week (at least 40 hours tutoring/quarter)
  • 4 credits: 7.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 60 hours tutoring/quarter)
  • 5 credits: 10 hours tutoring/week (at least 80 hours tutoring/quarter)

A student may opt to register for 1 credit if it means avoiding an additional registration fee. Students may also register for more than 5 credits.

Where will I tutor?

The school/organization contact person matches UW tutors with a classroom, teacher or with specific K-12 student(s). We tell tutors that it takes the contact person anywhere from a couple days to one week to place them in a classroom. Because of the tight timeline students are on, it is very helpful for students to get placed as soon as possible so they have plenty of time to complete their tutoring hours.

What is expected of Pipeline tutors?

Each Inner Pipeline seminar is uniquely tailored to address a focused educational topic. Some seminars have a broad range of tutoring placements for you to choose from, while others offer targeted site placements to correspond with your seminar topic. After you register for a seminar, you can browse a list of potential site placements through EXPO, Pipeline’s online registration and site placement system.

What kind of training to Pipeline tutors receive?

All Pipeline tutors attend a 1.5 hour orientation that covers topics including the role of tutors, tutoring tips and strategies, cultural competency, safety and liability issues, and how to get started tutoring. Many students also take weekly seminar times where they debrief their tutoring experiences and discuss pertinent education issues.

How do I sign up for an Inner Pipeline seminar?

You can sign up for a Pipeline seminar via MyUW. Our quarterly seminar offerings are listed are listed on the left sidebar . Once you have enrolled in a seminar via MyUW, please follow the steps outlined on our Inner Pipeline page to sign up for an orientation and get started.

My Inner Pipeline seminar needs an add code. Where can I find this?

Please note that some seminars may require add codes. If an add code is necessary, contact the Pipeline Project to request one. Remember to include which seminar you would like to register for.

Do I have to attend an orientation for my Inner Pipeline seminar?

All Inner Pipeline tutors will complete a mandatory Pipeline orientation on the first day of class, except for those students enrolled in the following seminars:  Higher Education Tutoring and Mentorship and Literacy in the Criminal Justice System.   If you will miss the first day of class, you need to sign up for an alternate orientation timeAll students in EDUC 401 Inner Pipeline classes need to complete orientation by the end of the second week of the quarter, or they risk not receiving credit at the end of the quarter.

What if I have already attended a Pipeline Orientation?

If you have attended an orientation in the last two years, you should still plan to attend the first day of your Inner Pipeline seminar. You may be allowed to leave early after announcements pertaining specifically to the class.

When is the last day I can enroll in an Inner Pipeline seminar?

We cannot enroll students in Inner Pipeline seminars after the second class session has met. Enrollment after the first class has met is considered on a case-by-case basis.