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Karen Gilmore ESL Book Awards Help Students Succeed

September 01, 2017

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 Karen Gilmore ESL Book Award Program assists students enrolled in non-credit ESL coursework. The award was created 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.

“Most of my students this year are re-entry or non-traditional students who are above the age of 25 and have significant family responsibilities. Receiving any assistance makes an enormous difference for my students,” stated Euline Olinger, 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 707-467-1018 or click on DONATE on this website.

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