On Wednesday Oct. 14, the English Language Learning Center (ELLC) will be hosting a “Bring a Friend to School” day where students can bring a guest to experience being in a classroom setting and meet EPCC faculty.
Courtesy of EPCC
Students are encouraged to bring a friend to class with them who doesn't speak english but is willing to learn it.
EPCC, along with the English as Second Language (ESL) program will open their classrooms to friends of students enrolled in ESL classes.
“This is a recruitment event,” faculty coordinator Tracy Von Maluski said.
“Our existing ESL students are being asked to bring a friend, a neighbor or family member, anybody who might be interested in learning English.”
The event will be held at the Valle Verde campus, room B220, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Rio Grande campus, room B250, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and 7:50 p.m., and the Mission del Paso campus, room E109, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“We have seen a drop in our ESL enrollment for numerous reasons,” Von Maluski said.
“Some are from the state, so were just trying to get more students. We know that they’re out there. The federal government instituted that to enter our ESL program; the student must have a high school diploma or GED. A few years ago, you could enter EPPC without a high school diploma or GED. That’s one of the reasons why our numbers are down. Also, many people don’t know we even exist. We have a credited ESL Program, so we’re trying to get our name out there.”
The organizers for the event are also teaming up with different departments within the college.
“In the lab, we will have door prizes and departments like the counseling center, recruitment, financial aid, testing services, and the connect center, all who hold critical information for students to enroll,” Von Maluski said.
Students can go to the Connect Center to obtain information on how to complete their high school diploma or how to reach a GED.
“These services are available to anyone who wants to learn English and seeking a degree or certificate,” district coordinator Rose Galindo said, “and we are the pathway to do that. This event is for potential students who are afraid to experience the call and experience the lab. We will have faculty there to answer any questions. We want them to see that this is really a possibility for them.”
“A lot of our students here at the Mission campus have parents or relatives interested in learning English, so hopefully they’ll take a flyer and bring them to the event,” Von Maluski said.
To receive further information at Rio Grande campus please contact Janine Rudnick at (915) 831-4039.
For information at the Mission campus please contact Tracy Von Maluski at (915)831-7044.
For information from the Valle Verde campus please contact Rose Galindo at (915)831-3366.