Mendocino College Students enrolled in noncredit ESL (English as a Second Language) courses received $50 book awards to help them purchase the required materials for their college coursework.
Established by the Mendocino College Foundation in fall 2011, the ESL Book Award Program assists students enrolled in non-credit ESL coursework. In 2013, the award was renamed the Karen L. Gilmore ESL Book Award to honor and carry on the legacy of long-time Mendocino College ESL faculty Karen Gilmore, a beloved teacher and supporter of her students.
Thanks to the generosity of local individuals and businesses, the awards provide support to some of the over 300 noncredit ESL students enrolled in the program. “Noncredit ESL students need the same support services that students taking credit coursework need. Money for books is a tremendous help for these deserving students,” stated Sarah Walsh, English as a Second Language Instructor.
As soon as students received their vouchers, we had to delay the beginning of class, as they literally ran across Pomo Plaza to the bookstore, trying to catch it open so they could purchase the books and immediately put them to use. This image by itself speaks a thousand words about their eagerness to learn and their dedication to the pursuit of studying the international language which opens so many doors in their lives,” sated Lilia Albuquerque, English as a Second Language instructor.
Mendocino College offers ESL classes at multiple locations and at all levels, from beginning to advanced. Courses are designed to meet the needs of the Lake and Mendocino counties and are offered during the day and in the evening and are open to anyone. “Our ESL program is good for our students and for our communities. We are training an important segment of our workforce by providing them with the language skills they need to be successful in their lives,” says Walsh.
For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation or to donate towards any of their programs, call Katie Fairbairn at 707-467-1018