HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 07-08-03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC’S ADULT BASIC SKILLS DEPARTMENT RECEIVES ENGLISH LITERACY/CIVICS GRANT AWARD

At it’s meeting on May 16, 2003, the State Board of Community Colleges approved funding for HCC’s Adult Basic Skills English Literacy/Civics Education Project in the amount of $40,690. Funding for the project is from July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004. The project’s primary objectives are to conduct local research, develop curriculum materials, conduct pilot programs integrating English Literacy and Civics Education, and develop innovative ways to expand programs and integrate them with Civics Education.

Deborah Gaddy, Coordinator of Basic Skills and grant writer for the project proposal explains, "Our objective for this grant is to create an environment in which the limited-English proficient population learns individually and in family units. We are addressing not only their English language acquisition needs, but also their cultural, citizenship, and other civic needs. It is our intention for them to become better educated and knowledgeable as well as more productive citizens. The ESL learner in our community is faced not only with the inability to communicate in English, but many are also illiterate in their own language. By addressing the entire family’s literacy needs, we are also strengthening each individual’s knowledge and independence."

Ellen Welles, lead instructor for Basic Skills ESL classes, will be the English Literacy/Civics Project Manager. "These funds will allow us to expand and develop new classes and programs that we could not afford with just our regular adult education funds." One unique development will be ESL classes for the migrant farm workers and their families in the Bethel area. Starting on July 8, 2003 classes will meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the "Cowboy Fields" greenhouse for the men, and in Bethel Baptist Church for the women and children. HCC’s Basic Skills will be providing instructors, materials, and child-care for this eight-week project. A host of other community partners including Haywood County Literacy Council and Manna Food Bank will be providing tutors, translators, and snacks for the participants. "This has definitely been a community effort," says Kelley Teague, Basic Skills Recruiter. "We’ve been trying to serve the migrant population in Bethel for years, and finally, with all this community support, we’re getting through."

In addition to the new classes in Bethel, the Lake Junaluska Assembly has requested ESL/Workplace classes for their limited English proficient employees. That class is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 and meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. This class will be open to the public—not just for employees and their families. All project sites provide child-care and transportation support to the participating families. All books and materials are also provided and the classes are free. For more information about the ESL classes, call Cheryl Fulghum, ESL recruiter at 627-4643.

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