Many first- or second-generation immigrants to the US are able to carry on a conversation in English, ask questions and understand answers, or get a job where only minimal English skills are required. But what if they want to advance their education and secure a well-paying job? What’s said at the dinner table or understood on TV is by no means sufficient for a college student to excel. Even for those who were doctors or engineers in their home countries, starting over in the US starts with a proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English at the college level.
For several years, Liberty Bank Foundation has funded an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Quinebaug Community College in Willimantic. This provides free support to those who need to thoroughly understand English before they can succeed at their college studies. It also allows ESL students to conserve limited funds for their tuition and books.
The school just announced another way it’s supporting its ESL learners. A cookbook called Flavors, celebrating the varied culinary traditions of students, staff, and friends, is now for sale with all proceeds supporting the ESL program. Want to know more or to help out?
Listen to a WILI radio segment about the cookbook.
Get a cookbook for your family.
Outside the WILI studios (from left to right) are: Elkin Espitia-Loaiza, professor, Quinebaug Community College; M’lyn Hines, librarian, QVCC; Milagro Velasquez, QVCC student; and Sue Murphy, executive director, Liberty Bank Foundation.