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ERIC Number: EJ1002257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
ESL Speaks the Language of Business
Community College Journal, v83 n3 p11-14 Dec 2012-Jan 2013
Immigrants and others who didn't grow up speaking English are often at a disadvantage when entering the workforce. One of the best ways for non-native English speakers to level the playing field is to enroll in targeted courses and job-training programs offered through their local community colleges. The best of these programs combines important language skills acquisition with effective workforce partnerships to forge clear pathways for students from learning to career success. Across the country, these collaborations are producing impressive results. Effective community college ESL programs drive employment for students, fuel higher enrollments, and help colleges forge lasting relationships with regional and local employers. These programs have become increasingly important as immigrants and non-English-speaking workers comprise an increasingly large share of the U.S. employment base. The challenge for colleges is to demonstrate tangible value from these efforts and secure the long-range funding and support needed to sustain and grow ESL programs, all amid increasingly difficult economic realities. This article discusses three important steps that will help community colleges take their ESL programs to the next level: (1) Successful outreach; (2) Work with business and community leaders; and (3) Measure the impact and value of the ESL program. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States