Practices with Promise Success Story
Submitted By: Graciela Vasquez, PAACE Partnership for Adult Academic and Career Ed
Establishing ESL Offerings for the Bellflower Community
- Type of Practice: Partnerships & Collaboration
- Targeted Population: English Language Learners
- Program Area(s): English as a Second Language & Citizenship
- Consortia Involved:
Partnership for Adult Academic and Career Education: ABC Unified School District, Bellflower Unified School District, Cerritos Community College District, Downey Unified School District, Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District
Due to the closure of the Bellflower adult school, there was no infrastructure nor personnel in place to offer courses to the community. Even with recent available AB104 support, putting in place the needed schedule, systems, space, and support to offer any courses seemed unsurmountable. There was a need to identify space to offer courses in the community, hire instructors, and provide the staff needed to outreach, orient, assess, and register students. The PAACE team coordinated efforts and leveraged resources to establish 12 new ESL courses all in the Bellflower community in the Spring 2016 Semester.
Each PAACE consortium member committed to prioritizing ESL offerings for Bellflower. The superintendent of the Bellflower district was approached and assisted in reaching out to each school in the district and identify school sites with available classroom space. A Memorandum of Understanding and facility use agreement was established for each school site. Outreach and student recruitment was done in collaboration with the Bellflower district and PAACE members. Cerritos College, Norwalk La Mirada Adult School, Downey Adult School and ABC Adult school each provided staff to register and assess students and instructors to teach the courses. All these ESL offerings were marketed as courses provided by the consortium.
As a result of the unique collaboration of the PAACE members, over 12 ESL courses were provided to the Bellflower community. Approximately 250 new adult students are being served in course offerings and will continue to access the desperately needed education that had been vacant as a result of the lack of resources. Student completion, progression and transition to continuing education or the workplace will be monitored and tracked to review support and success of this endeavor.
The outcome in providing ESL courses to the Bellflower community is evident in that 250 additional adults will gain language acquisition that previously had no means by which to do so. Total students that complete courses and continue to subsequent levels and courses will be tracked so as to measure success.