Need to improve your English so you can enroll in college or find a better job? Do both at the same time with ESL Plus through Central Piedmont College and Career Readiness.
What You Will Learn
With ESL Plus, you will:
enhance your communication skills for the workplace
improve your English
prepare for post-secondary education or short-term job training
write resumes and learn interview skills
gain work skills that employers want
The ESL Plus program is designed for English as a Second Language (ESL) students in levels 5, 6, and 7 who would like to improve their English skills, learn about the American work culture, prepare for post-secondary education, search for employment, and other goals. The program explores and integrates:
soft skills certification
English for the world of work
A career advisor will help you develop educational and career plans based on your interests and short and long-term goals. Continued support from an advisor will help you navigate your plans over time.
Benefits of ESL Plus
Depending on your goals, you will benefit from the following:
a career and/or educational plan that will guide you through your future educational and employment journey
job readiness skills to help you seek and find employment
improved listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for the workplace
readiness for short-term occupational training (if desired)
Why Choose Central Piedmont
Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness offers programs to develop students’ academic skills, earn a high school equivalency (GED or HiSET) or adult high school diploma, learn English as a second language (ESL), develop employability skills and participate in various work-based-learning experiences, or explore career and post-secondary educational opportunities. Many programs are free or at a very low cost for qualified participants.
Real World Education
At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.
If interested, you will need to attend one mandatory ESL Plus information session to determine your suitability and eligibility for ESL Plus. You are required to register for your corresponding ESL class to be eligible to add a supplemental class from the following offerings:
Working Smart Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Explore critical interpersonal skills and insights related to the world of work such as self-awareness, self-management, ethics, communication, conflict resolution, problem solving, and critical thinking.
Employability Skills and Career Exploration: Complete an interest profile to focus interests, identify career fields and related jobs, understand job descriptions and requirements to adapt resumes accordingly, explore job search engines, prepare or adapt functional resumes, practice interview skills, create a portfolio of specific job clusters, and explore other related employment topics.
Academic Transitions: Assistance with transcript evaluations, identification of potential academic programs and understanding of requirements, hands-on education on the college application process, the financial aid process, the components of college placement exams, create a plan to achieve academic goals, and other relevant information for transferring to post-secondary education.
How long it will take you to complete the program depends on your personal short and long term goals.
Classes are offered in eight-week sessions. If you register for your corresponding ESL class and concurrently register in a supplemental class, you can continue registering in eight-week increments based on your career and educational goals.
A sample combination of classes could be as follows:
First eight weeks: Register for ESL level 5, 6, or 7 plus Working Smart
Next eight weeks: Register for ESL Level 5, 6, or 7 plus Career Exploration
Next eight weeks: Register for ESL Level 5, 6, or 7 plus Academic Transitions