Students throughout Elmore County have another option to improve their educational standing after Sylvan Learning Center expanded into Prattville.
“We had six locations prior to this expansion,” Sylvan Learning vice president of franchise development Georgia Chasen said. “Prattville is our seventh location and we have several other locations in the pipeline.”
Chasen said the center’s franchisees in Montgomery have been successful and the company believed Prattville was a good place for expansion in the River Region since students from Prattville were making the trip to the Montgomery center.
The Sylvan center in Prattville held its ribbon-cutting celebration March 5 and its first tutoring session was held Saturday. The center, operated by Terry Wettig and his wife, is 1,800 square feet and currently employs a staff of 10.
“We started the process about a year ago,” Wettig said. “The process was a fairly lengthy one.”
Wettig said he and his wife began looking for something meaningful and constructive to do following his career in the military and the security industry in Virginia. The couple wanted to return home to Prattville and felt Sylvan was a great fit for them since they were familiar with it.
Inside the Prattville center, Wettig said there is space for six learning tables which can accommodate three students each. Along with these tables are two specialized training rooms. One focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and robotics, while the second offers college prep programs; both allow for up to six students to receive instruction at one time.
“We can provide assistance to students across the entire educational spectrum,” Wettig said. “If there’s a need for a certain specialization, we can bring in more tutors and educators.”
Wettig said students from across the River Region are welcome to enroll at the Prattville center, which he feels is also a convenient location for students in Wetumpka, Millbrook and Selma.
Since the ribbon cutting, Wettig said parents and students have expressed a positive sentiment for the center; six students have already enrolled with another 10 going through the enrollment process.
Wettig and Chasen have high hopes for the Prattville center and believe it will do a great service for area students.
“I think it’s going to be very successful,” Chasen said. “I think (the Wettigs) will be excellent franchisees.”
The center’s grand opening celebration is scheduled in May.