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Volume 70, Issue 147, Thursday, June 16, 2005

News

Staff works to bridge major language gap 

By Matt Dougherty
The Daily Cougar

A creative use of excess Staff Tuition Scholarship funds is now helping about 50 UH staff members learn English.

"After a lot of research, it came to our attention that a lot of the staff needs (english as a second language classes)," said Monica Baisden, training manager in the Department of Human Resources and scholarship coordinator. "(Interim Provost Jerald) Strickland said that the allocated money was all about education and could therefore be used for ESL classes."

About 250 UH staff members have limited English skills, so Strickland launched an ESL program April 12, specifically aimed at the staff.

The program offers beginning, intermediate and high intermediate classes at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management as part of UH's Continuing Education Program. 

"This is an empowerment opportunity to open doors for people," Baisden said. "This enables people to develop better communication skills, which increases a person's ability to be promoted."
 

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