College and Career Readiness

ESL Plus (Formerly Working in America)

Do you need to improve your English so that you can enroll in college or find a better job? Why not do both at the same time?

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:

  • career exploration
  • soft skills certification
  • English for the world of work
  • digital literacy
  • job readiness
  • occupational training

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
  • Working Smart certification in soft skills
  • 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)

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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.

Additional Information

  • Who Can Enroll?

    To be eligible for ESL Plus, you need to:

    • be at least 16 years of age
    • not be enrolled in a public/private secondary school
    • be a non-native English speaker
    • have a photo ID
    • score at advanced ESL levels on placement test
    • be interested in job training or readiness for post-secondary education
    • attend one mandatory ESL Plus information session

    Students between 16-17 years of age must review the requirements for minors and petition to enroll in an alternative adult education program at Central Piedmont.

  • How Does the Program Operate?

    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 Does it Take?

    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:

    1. First eight weeks: Register for ESL level 5, 6, or 7 plus Working Smart
    2. Next eight weeks: Register for ESL Level 5, 6, or 7 plus Career Exploration
    3. Next eight weeks: Register for ESL Level 5,  6, or 7 plus Academic Transitions
    • How Do I Enroll?

      Your first step is to attend one ESL Plus information session to learn more about the program.

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