ESL ConnectOn March 25. 2019, the English Language Institute will be renamed ESL Connect to effectively illustrate the community and support the program provides for ESOL students.

The ESL Connect team consists of the Program Services Coordinator Mylene Foo, ESOL Counselors Kenny Gonzalez and Virginia Rosales, international student counselors, ESOL faculty and multi-lingual student assistants. ESL Connect serves over 400 students each year and provides exemplary support for students in the ESOL program at Skyline College as well as ELD students from local high schools as they transition to Skyline College. ESL Connect also works with local adult schools and high schools for intentional outreach to immigrant communities in North San Mateo County.

Twice each academic year, staff and faculty hold ESL registration day to help new students go through application, placement, orientation and registration in one day. Staff connects ESL students to a wide-variety of campus resources, including the Learning Center, DREAM Center, SparkPoint, Financial Aid and counseling to ensure that college remains financially accessible to all.

In coordination with the Learning Center, ESL Connect staff connects students to academic support with ESOL tutoring as well as grammar and conversation workshops. The staff and faculty of ESL Connect exemplify what it means for a college to be student-ready. Please join us in celebrating the transition from the English Language Institute to ESL Connect on March 25, 2019 and March 26, 2019 from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Article by Chris Gibson | Photo by Thet Aung

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