TEST of Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, October 3rd

Be ready and don’t worry if you get an alert on your cell phone tomorrow, October 3rd,  between 2:18pm and 2:20pm.  It’s a test.

  •  Phones across the country will all  receive an emergency alert test between approximately 2:18 and 2:20 pm EST.
  • This is the first-ever test of the country’s emergency communications system with a presidential alert.
  • It will be the same tone and vibration as tornado and AMBER Alert warnings. Users cannot opt out .
  • It should have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.

The system was set up in 2006 and is intended to notify the public of hazardous situations. While the Emergency Alert System has been tested before, the Wednesday test will be the first time the nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert system will be tested. This system is used to notify the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other regionally critical situations through alerts on cellular phones. Cell phones turned on and within range of an active cell tower are expected to receive the message. Some older phones may not get the message.

May 16th Closings

All Wake  County Public Schools  (WCPSS) will be closed on Wednesday, May 16, due to a teacher rally in Raleigh scheduled for the same day.

The following community site based ESL classes are canceled  for that morning.

  • GUMC – Garner United Methodist Church
  • HFC –  Hispanic Family Center

Bad Weather Closings

Update for Tuesday, March 13th:   Wake Tech is delaying opening till 10:00 am and Wake County Public Schools have a 3 hour delay.  The following sites are canceling their morning ESL classes :

  • Hispanic Family Center 
  • Garner  United Methodist Church
  • White Plains United Methodist Church
  • Highland United Methodist Church

The following sites will have ESL/ ABE  classes but will start at 10:00 am.

  • 401N
  • Beltline Center
  • Western Wake – Millipond

Update for Monday, March 12th: ALL Wake Tech classes are canceled starting at 1:00 pm due to bad weather. 

Wake County Public Schools are closing early due to bad weather.  ESL classes at Milbrook  and Athens High Schools are canceled for tonight, Monday, March 12th.

New FDA Information Page

February is National Heart Month.  Do you want information on how to keep your heart healthy, what foods to eat and which medicines can help you with heart issues? 

Be sure to check out our new FDA page listed under “Student Resources” section on the right sidebar.  It can give you that information and lots more on how food/ drugs can affect your heath.


Beltline Afternoon Writing Class Starting Soon

Attention: Level 4 – Level 6 ESL Students

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to improve your English?  Well, writing is a great way to do that and you can take an additional writing course to help you. If you are taking an ESL course at any of our sites, you can come to the Beltline center for an optional afternoon class focused on writing.

When: Starts Tuesday, January 16, 2018. 

Class Schedule:  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30 pm to 2:30pm

Where: Beltline Center – 3200 Bush Street, Raleigh