Thursday, May 16, 2013
A college degree and a job with a middle-class salary have been part of the American dream for generations. But now it just seems like an illusion for more than one-third of working families in our state. A non-partisan report that came out last week paints a bleak picture of the California situation. It goes to reiterate what we already know: with no college degree, the only work in town typically pays a minimum wage. Click here to read the LA Times story about the report. Click here to read the report itself, aptly titled "Working Hard, Left Behind."
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Click here to read part two of what the elected chair of the ESL Dept. of City College of San Francisco, Greg Keech, wrote about the unique role noncredit ESL plays in the California Community College system. Greg's insightful comments are particularly timely amid the ever-changing mood over the noncredit programs.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The extended deadline to submit a presentation proposal for this year's CATESOL State Conference is just around the corner. If you are working on a proposal, don't forget to submit it online by mid-night this coming Sunday 4/28. See details here.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
InsideHigherEd.com just came out with a report on a survey of business executives to use as a basis for gauging what skills employers want in a college graduate. Not surprisingly, oral communication skills, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking skills, are all positively identified. These skills and abilities transcend a particular major. Read the report here.