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ERIC Number: EJ903524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Community Colleges Build Programs that Fit Immigrants' Needs
Gonzalez, Jennifer
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n2 p28-31 Oct 2010
Westchester Community College, which teaches English to about 4,000 non-native speakers each year, has one of the most comprehensive English as a Second Language programs in the country. It's also leading the charge to transform immigrant education and make it a national priority. In 2008, the college started the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education with a dozen partners. The consortium promotes immigrant education on the national level and identifies innovative practices on campus. Neighbors Link, a local nonprofit group running a job and social-services center, grew out of local discord: Residents of Mount Kisco, an affluent Westchester County just outside New York City, were unhappy that Hispanic men were hanging out on street corners looking for work. Residents talked about creating a hiring hall, which evolved into the broader goal of providing services to immigrants and their families. As plans firmed up, Westchester Community College agreed to provide English classes at the center. The day-laborer program is fully subsidized by the college. While students pay $16 for a more-traditional evening program, which covers their tuition and a portion of the textbook costs, with the remainder covered by Neighbors Link. Fourteen community colleges and associations participate in the consortium at Westchester. Among them are Alamo Community College, in Texas; Bunker Hill Community College, in Massachusetts; Miami Dade College; the Migration Policy Institute; and the National Community College Hispanic Council.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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