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Submitted By: Thatcher Weldon, Monterey Peninsula College

ESL Medical Assistant Preparation Course

  • Type of Practice: Articulation Pathways
  • Targeted Population: English Language Learners, Vocational Certificate Students
  • Program Area(s): English as a Second Language & Citizenship , Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Monterey Peninsula CCD: Carmel Unified School District, Monterey Peninsula Community College District, Montery Peninsula Unified School District, Pacific Grove Unified School District

The Challenge

Many of our ESL students in our region are interested in bettering their careers in order to find more opportunities or to pursue opportunities that will provide them advancement in the future. We have many ESL students who have background in the Health Care Industry in their home countries, but they face language barriers when applying to work here in the United States. Many of our students also have fear about going from the Adult School to the Community College.

The Solution

Our Consortium put together a contextualized ESL course to help students prepare with some of the terminology that they will encounter when going into the Medical Assistant Certification courses. Our course is designed to not only give our students the language skills to succeed in the program at Monterey Peninsula College, but it is designed to help our students gain the confidence needed to get into the door at the community college. This course will also help students understand what their doctors will talk with them about their health and their family's health.


We are currently running the first session of this course at Pacific Grove Adult Education Center, and we are in the 5th week out of 10 weeks. We currently have 15 students in the program, and we are hoping for a larger enrollment when we offer our second session later this semester. The class focuses on different aspects of the Health Care industry and provides vocabulary that will be necessary for the students to succeed as a Medical Assistant. The course is also designed to help students with their computer skills, typing skills, and English language skills.

The Data

We are currently running the first session with 15 students. We plan to track the number of students that go on to the Medical Assistant Certificate Course, and we will track the success of those students in terms of certificates received and employment obtained. The first registration that our students will be eligible for will be in the Fall of 2016.

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