Ukiah… Mendocino College Students enrolled in ESL (English as a Second Language) courses received $25 book awards to help them purchase the required materials for their college coursework.

The Karen Gilmore ESL Book Award Program, established by the Mendocino College Foundation in Fall 2011, was designed to assist students enrolled in non-credit ESL coursework. Thanks to the generosity of local individuals and businesses, the program provides support to some of the ESL students enrolled in the program. “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.

Mendocino College offers ESL classes at multiple locations and at all levels, from beginning to advanced. Courses are designed to meet the needs of Lake and Mendocino counties. Courses 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, providing them with the language skills they need to be successful in their lives,” says Walsh.

Left to Right: Romelia Rodriquez, Brenda Hernandez Cobos, Tonaporn Boonma, Alma Barrales, Instructor Kathy Cox, Dania Espinoza, Daniel Feliciano Aparicio, Antonio Ramirez.

For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation or to donate towards and Mendocino College Foundation program, please contact Katie Fairbairn, Executive Director at kfairbairn@mendocino.edu or call 468-3164.

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