After Mathnasium’s original plans to open last year were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Turlock’s newest tutoring center is now serving the community during a time when students may need services the most.
Mathnasium has over 1,000 locations nationwide, and owner Ramona Eshagh wanted to add another in Turlock in order to provide more science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, opportunities for local students. The Turlock resident had originally hoped to have the new tutoring center up and running by April 2020, but COVID made it difficult to obtain permits in a timely manner, she said. Those working on the project even came down with the virus, causing a delay in construction and ultimately pushing the new Mathnasium location’s opening to that fall.
Since November, students have been able to receive help with their math homework in a safe, sanitized and socially-distanced environment — services Eshagh believes to be vital in the age of distance learning.
“Unfortunately with COVID...most kids are either at grade level and just need help because distance learning isn’t helping them in terms of the material they need to learn, or they're really behind and have emphasized it to their parents,” Eshagh said.
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