The pilot phase of Words for Work was rigorously analyzed by an external evaluator who conducted pre and post tests on all students. She states that, "according to the CASAS publishers, a 5-point gain for every 100 hours of English language instruction is expected. Words for Work classes saw gains ranging up to 6.7. The fact that the Words for Work gains occurred in classes where students were also developing workplace knowledge, job readiness, and mathematics skills makes the gains impressive."
In addition the courses have produced very high student retention levels. Over 80% of our matriculated students have graduate from Words for Work. (Click here for student testimonials.)
Anne Arundel Community College is pleased to be a partner in the development and delivery of Words for Work. This unique program provides ready access to English language enrichment and employment opportunities for pre-college, LEP learners while it offers vital workforce development resource within the community.
Martha A. Smith, Ph.D.
President, Anne Arundel Community College
The Words for Work program has clearly demonstrated its potential to train Latino immigrants for entry into stable health care jobs and promising futures by uniquely combining is comprehensive curriculum with a quick-start format. This innovative design successfully prepares adults for entry-level positions while helping to meet the important human resources need of hospitals and healthcare facilities.
Catherine M. Crowley Ed.D.
Vice President, Maryland Hospital Association
The need for qualified individuals to fill entry level jobs within the hospital is critical, and we believe that the Words for Work program has done a superior job preparing candidates to help us meet this need. To date, out collaborative role with the project - to provide access to employment opportunities for the program completers - has been a success for the hospital.
Vice President, Human Resources
Johns Hopkins Health System
Words for Work's colorful website is a dynamic interactive learning resource for students and teachers. The words for Work delivery format allows course content to flow seamlessly from on-line application to classroom activities while targeting the four essential language skills and engaging the active participation of both students and teachers.
Instructor, Language Studies Department
Prince George's Community College
"It was very helpful. It gave me confidence about work environments - what to expect and what to do under certain situations."
Liliana Gonzalez Alvarado
"It is an excellent program I learned a lotů.I think this program can help the Latino community. I hope this program continues to help people find and get jobs in health facilities to be successful employees."
Hilleri Ortega Yuzman
"Words for Work gave me more confidence to use the computer and to discuss more in class."
Brenda Umana Trujillo
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