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C-GCC Launches English-as-a-Second-Language ‘Bridge to College’ Course

Written By Editor on 5/15/18 | 5/15/18

Columbia-Greene Community College has launched a new, non-credit course designed to assist non-native English speakers with the language skills necessary to succeed, from classroom to career.

The English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Bridge to College Course is open to any non-native English speaker 18 or older. Classes meet twice per week in the evenings for 14 weeks, often taking advantage of the college’s Academic Support Center in addition to classroom work.  Students will also have the opportunity to meet with a professional tutor outside of class.

Robert Bodratti, director of Community Services at C-GCC, said the course was created to offer greater opportunities to non-native English speakers in both educational and career endeavors.

“Limited English language skills can hold people back from pursuing the level of education they would like, and can often slow down paths to success in the workplace,” he said. “This course will focus on pronunciation, grammar, and reading and writing skills, with the aim of preparing people for the next step in their educational and professional journey.”

Due in part to a grant from the Willow Springs Foundation of Illinois, the cost to enroll is only $15. For more information, contact the Office of Community Services at (518) 828-4181, ext.3342, or e-mail communityservices@sunycgcc.edu.

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