New ESL classes at the Beltline Center!

There are NEW CLASSES at the Beltline Education Center (BEC) this fall semester!  (3200 Bush Street, Raleigh NC 27609)

All these classes are still open for registration until November 23rd.

 

AFTERNOON CLASSES –  From Oct. 12 – Dec. 9, 2015.   Meet Monday & Wednesday, 12:30-2:30 pm
  • Early Literacyin Room 332C.
    • This class will be taught by Shelley Lee.  She will be working with students on phonemic awareness.
    • This would be a great addition for students learning beginning literacy skills.
  • Level 3-4 Literacy Class – in Room 342C
    • This class is for level 3 and 4 students who need to improve their reading and writing skills.
  •  Writing Step-by-Step  – in Room 325C
    • This class is for students in level 5 and 6 who need to improve their writing skills for work or school.
    • This class will help you develop your skills while gaining confidence in your writing abilities.
AFTERNOON CLASSES –  From Oct. 13 – Dec. 10, 2015.   Meet Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30-2:30 pm
  • Pronunciation and Grammar  – in Room 325C
    • Students will work on blends, spelling patterns, and consonant sounds along with learning and practicing grammar rules.
    • This class is available for students in levels 4, 5, and 6.
  • ABE Writing Class – in Room 320C
    • This class is for students in ERV or ABE classes who need to improve their writing skills for work or school.
    • This class will help you develop your skills while gaining confidence in your writing abilities.
EVENING CLASSES – From Oct. 12 – Dec. 10, 2015.
  • Writing Practice – in room 342C
    • In this unique class, you will receive individual attention and guidance from the teacher to improve your writing.
    • This class is for students in ESL levels 4, 5, 6, and ERV who want to improve their writing.
    • Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Reading & Vocabulary – in room 342C
    • Learn creative techniques authors use to express ideas
    • Explore various styles of writing including song lyrics and poetry
    • Practice pronunciation and speaking by reading aloud
    • Experience the places you can go when you read!!
    • This class is for students in ESL levels 4, 5, 6, and ERV who want to improve their writing.
    • Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

For more information, call 919-334-1501 ESL Help Desk or contact Megan Heard, meheard@waketech.edu

Back to school!

Each year in Wake County at the end of August, kids in the traditional public schools go back to classes. Parents look for back-to-school sales for backpacks, lunches, notebooks, pencils and other school supplies. There are “meet-the-teacher” events and “Open house” events at schools.

Getting involved in your children’s school is a wonderful way to stay informed about what’s going on in their classroom. Be sure to help them with their homework and attend parent-teacher meetings and other school functions. It’s a great way to be involved with your kids  – and improve your English at the same time!

For all of you with kids in starting classes, we wish you a fantastic school year!

 

 

World Refugee Day is June 20

photo by Steve Evans via 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

photo by Steve Evans via 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

According to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, there are more than 50 million refugees around the world. Half of them are women and children.  For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on June 20 in several countries. The UN General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. ~ adapted from http://wfto.com/events/world-refugee-day-2015

World Refugee Day will be celebrated in Raleigh and other cities around North Carolina on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  

World Refugee Day, Raleigh  –  with Lutheran Services Carolinas and US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants,  When: June 20th 11am – 2pm; Where: Method Park; What: Soccer Games, Food

For information on other celebrations in NC, see: http://www.ncrefugee.net/world-refugee-day.html

This is a story from the UNHCR about three brothers who are on their own after fleeing Afghanistan.  You can read other stories of refugees from around the world at the bottom of this page.  http://www.unhcr.org/refugeeday/yaquob/

 

New mobile ESL library at Highland United Methodist Church!

A brand new reading library is now available for students attending ESL classes at our Highland United Methodist Church (HUMC) location! This new mobile ESL library contains books for ESL level 1 to level 6.  Extensive reading is known to increase students’ knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and American culture, so we are thrilled to have this new resource available. Students attending classes at HUMC may ask their teachers for  more details on how to check out a book.

Thank you to ESL Supervisor, Kathie Baggott, and her daughter, Elizabeth, for providing our students with this wonderful new resource. This project was a part of Elizabeth’s Gold Award project through the Girl Scouts of America.  We are sure that Miss Baggott has a bright future ahead of her!

HUMC Extensive Reading Students

Wake Tech ESL students showing off their books!

Sample of books at HUMC

Some of the books available at the new mobile library

 

April 22 is Earth Day!

Earth-Day-Images-2015-1

Since 1970, people around the U.S. and around the world have celebrated Earth Day on April 22 each year.

Here is a short video from the National Constitution Center called “The Story of Earth Day.” In this episode, you can find out about  the origins of Earth Day and the history of the environmental movement in the United States. Find out why protecting our environment is so important, and take a look at some easy ways you can make your life more green every day!

Click on this link to see the video:  http://constitutioncenter.org/learn/hall-pass/earth-day

 

 

Four New Afternoon Classes at the Beltline Center (BLTC)

* Level 1 Literacy – April 20 – June 24, 2015. Registration is on first day of class; meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30, Beltline Center, room 332C

This class will be taught by Shelley Lee. She will be working with students on phonemic awareness. This class would be a great addition for students struggling with beginning literacy skills.

* Writing Step-by-Step –  April 20 – June 24, 2015. Registration is on first day of class; meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30, Beltline Center, room 342C

This class is for students in Level 5 and 6 who need to improve their writing skills for work or school.  It will include:  *Organization  *Writing Strategies  *Vocabulary  *Grammar  *Drafting  *Revising

* ABE Writing Class – April 21 – June 25, 2015. Registration is on first day of class; meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-2:30, Beltline Center, room 342C

This class if for students in ERV or ABE who need to improve their writings skills for work or school.  It will include:  *Brainstorming  *Analyzing  *Sequencing  *Editing  *Revising

* Burlington English – April 20 – May 15, 2015. Registration is on first day of class; meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 12:30-2:30, Beltline Center, room 224B

This class is for students in any level who want to improve their English skills in the computer lab. Students will work on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary in English.

All classes are free of charge for qualifying ESL, ERV or ABE students. For more information, call the ESL Help Desk at (919) 334-1501 OR contact Megan Heard, meheard@waketech.edu

The Beltline Education Center is located at 3200 Bush St. Raleigh, NC 27609

Map: http://www.waketech.edu/about-wake-tech/locations/beltline-education-center

New Cosmetology Program at Wake Tech

Wake Tech’s Continuing Education Division is proud to announce the opening of the School of Cosmetology, starting in March 2015.

The Continuing Education’s School of Cosmetology is an alternative to a Cosmetology Associates Degree for those individuals who need training to enter the workforce sooner or need a flexible schedule to be able to work while they acquire their cosmetology training.

Students will learn the art of cosmetology and prepare for the N.C. Board of Cosmetic Art Examination. In addition, we will offer Natural Hair Specialist, and Shampoo Technician certifications. Students who complete a chosen program will be eligible to take the required N.C. Board of Cosmetic Arts Exams.

This is a great opportunity for numerous reasons:

  • Certification of Completion based on State of N.C. requirements.
  • Affordable cost
  • Flexible schedule options
  • Fast-track to workforce (required 1,500 clock hours in 12-24 months)
  • Hands-on learning with access to full clientele and individual coaching from certified instructors
  • NEW state of the art facility convenient to North, Central Raleigh, and the Wake Forest area, located at Wake Tech’s new Beltline Education Center (BLTC), 3200 Bush St. Raleigh, 27609  

To learn more about this wonderful opportunity, visit the Information Session calendar at http://www.waketech.edu/programs-courses/non-credit/enhance-your-career/service-industry/barbering-and-cosmetology or send us an invitation to speak with your organization.

Click here to see flyers for: School of Cosmetology and Natural Hair Specialist Training

You may contact Felicia Montgomery, Instructor/Coordinator at 919-866-5140 or fgmontgomery@waketech.edu.

** A high school diploma or high school equivalency (formerly GED) is required to begin this program.

HRD classes to help with your job search (Human Resources Development)

Are you looking for a job?  Do you want to improve your job-search and professional skills?  The Human Resources Department of Wake Tech offers classes in both of these areas.

The classes are FREE if you are unemployed or make less than a certain amount of money. Some classes are just one day long. Other classes meet several times. There is even a workshop on how to save money if you are on unemployment! Click on the link below to see the full list of courses. Click on the course name to read the description and see the meeting time and place:

http://hrd.waketech.edu/registration

HRD even offers individual appointments where you can talk with someone from their department one-on-one about the classes you want to take, your career plans, goals, or other questions.

You can schedule an appointment by emailing hrdstudent@waketech.edu, or by calling 919-532-5696. If you have questions about this, talk to your teacher or submit a comment to this post. HRD is an excellent resource through Wake Tech, and it could help you get back to work if you are looking!