The ESLC includes the Job Readiness program in their English for specific purpose menu. Want to learn more? Below are frequently asked questions about this new program!
WHO IS IT FOR?
The ESLC Job Readiness Program is for people with limited English proficiency who are preparing to enter the workforce or want to become more familiar with U.S. work culture. Potential students should be able to understand frequently used English words in context and when spoken slowly. Students should be able to recognize, read, and write numbers and letters in English. They should also be able write basic personal information such as name, address, and phone number. Please refer students who are serious about trying to get a job in the US and who will be able to attend ten hours a week for six weeks.
WHAT WILL THE CLASSES COVER?
The six weeks of class is divided into three – two week modules. Each module has a set of competencies the students will pass off. These competencies allow students to demonstrate what they are learning in class and are directly related to entering the workforce. Examples of the competencies are filling out job applications, giving personal information orally, and calling in sick. The first module focuses on preparing for work. We will discuss things like setting goals, assessing skills and experience, giving personal information, and comparing work in students’ native country to work in the U.S. The second two week module focuses on finding a job. We will practice interviewing skills, filling out applications, and describing skills and abilities. The third module focuses on keeping a job. In this module we will talk about work expectations in the U.S. such as punctuality and efficiency. We will also discuss getting along with coworkers and problem solving at work. At the end of the six weeks, students will receive a certificate which shows the number of hours they completed in the class as well as the work related competencies they passed off.
WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD?
Classes will be held Monday – Friday. Classes are typically two hours a day. The times of classes differ depending on the location.
WHERE ARE THE CLASSES HELD?
The classes will be held at several community locations throughout the valley. Please contact Elin Isakson for information on the locations.
HOW DO STUDENTS REGISTER FOR CLASS?
Please send interested students to a registration event. Registration events are typically held during the week before a class starts. At this event we will get relevant information from the students and give them two short screening tests. Based on the screening test, we will match students of similarlevels and put them in a class. If students are too high or too low for the class, they will be referred to another class.
HOW WILL THE JOB READINESS PROGRAM HELP STUDENTS?
These classes will help to familiarize students with American work culture and expectations via ESL instruction. We will guide students through the process of considering job skills and abilities and setting goals, to applying, interviewing, acquiring, and keeping a job. Our goal is to help students to be ready to work by the end of the course.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Elin Isakson, Job Readiness Program Coordinator