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ESOL Job Classes

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Job Class A

This is a 7-week intensive training designed for immigrants with low-intermediate (ESOL levels 3-4) English language skills who are looking for their first jobs in the U.S.  It includes includes job search skills, English for work, U.S. workplace culture, and basic computer skills. Area employers are actively involved in the program, visiting the classroom to share information about their companies, providing mock interview practice, as well as hiring graduates.

Graduates of the program receive a certificate detailing their attendance hours and competency achieved in 12 employability standards. They also participate in one-on-one job search support with their teachers and Job Developers from participating service agencies.

Contact: Bridget Kahn Instructor/Projects Coordinator kahnb@portlandschools.org

Job Class B

Similar to Job Class A, this class is for more advanced English proficiency students placed at ESOL level 5 and higher who want to either advance their work situations or apply for work in entry-level career fields where students can begin to apply their professional, transferable skills. Additional focus will be on writing etiquette for the workplace. This course will run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Students in both courses can participate in computer tutorials and receive assistance with online job search tools and meet with teachers one-on-one. Prior to enrolling in either of the above classes, students must participate in an intake session scheduled prior to the start of each course.


Deborah Breiting

Teacher/Projects Coordinator