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HCC Celebrates Non-native English Speaking Students Text Size

It has been three decades since Holyoke Community College (HCC) introduced their English as a Second Language Program (ESL).

Three decades…ESL at HCC grew from a non-credit program with three part-time teachers and 40-plus students to a team of five full-time professors and about 14 adjunct instructors teaching 34 classes per semester to hundreds of students. “Today we celebrate the people!”¬†said Eileen Kelley, coordinator of ESL Support Services, in a press release.

Mayor Alex Morse commented; “Being bilingual in today’s age is such an asset to the folks here, and if we didn’t invest in these programs then we are not helping those folks who come to our country to get ahead and get an education to be a productive member of our society.”

State Rep. Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke remarked; “Understanding Holyoke’s history is to understand that we have always been a city of immigrants.”¬†

Please read the HCC article to learn more.


Posted on October 31, 2016 by