ESL Reg DayThe English Language Institute hosted its twice-annual ESL Registration Day on October 31 , 2015 from 9:00am-3:00pm. We had over 30 new ESL students attend the event!  Many of them heard about the event through friends and family.  They completed SSSP steps that included filling out applications, attending the orientation, taking  the placement test, and scheduling  an appointment with the ESOL counselor. Financial Aid was present to give students vital information on how to afford college.  As part of the partnership between Skyline College and the adult schools (a partnership that was honored this year with the 2015-16 Skyline Shines Award), faculty from Jefferson and South San Francisco Adult Schools hosted information tables.

ELI student assistants and volunteers assisted new students in navigating the 5 “steps to enroll” stations and were able to provide translations in Spanish, Chinese and Burmese. ESL students appreciated the extra time the ELI spends to assist them through complicated processes.   Minerva Velasquez helped with student applications and generated Student ID Numbers, and ESOL Counselor Kenny Gonzalez’s informative orientation was a hit with the new students.  Placement testing was deftly handled by Goldie Lee and Jacky Ip.  The event had solid IT support due to Jairo Barreto’s problem solving skills.

Special thanks to Jonathan Paver and the CSI committee for funding the event, David Reed for the use of The Learning Center, and Leigh Anne Shaw for her support and commitment to the vision  of the English Language Institute!

Article and Photo by Mylene Foo