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SPECIAL INITIATIVES

Building on CLC's Educational Core

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In addition to its core ESOL and Adult Basic Education classes, the Cambridge Community Learning Center offers innovative programs that put students on the fast track to success in school and in the workplace.

Career Pathways offers 25 immigrants each year the opportunity to hop on the health care career ladder through CLC’s ESOL/Certified Nurse Assistant program. Classes cover English, math, and career planning.

The Leadership Development Program offers CLC students the opportunity to earn while they learn and acquire computer, presentation, and leadership skills that are useful in the workplace.  Participants work in their communities as Literary Ambassadors, Health Advisors, and Community Engagement Outreach Workers.

ComputerDistance Learning - With a grant from the Cambridge Community Foundation, the CLC has embarked on an innovative distance learning project for English language learners who are unable to attend regular ESOL classes. Some are parents who are home with young children and some have complicated work schedules.  The project is a partnership with the Cambridge Housing Authority, Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Cambridge Community Television, and Fresh Pond Apartments. Students watch videos and do grammar and writing activities. They also have access to conversation classes and open computer lab time across Cambridge. This project opens up access to English language instruction for people who live or work in Cambridge.

The Family Literacy Program - All parents want their children to succeed in school. But many — especially those with limited English proficiency or low literacy skills are unsure what they can do to help their children learn. Recognizing that parents are a child's first and primary teacher of language, the Community Learning Center has been teaching parents English while helping them boost their children's school performance for nearly two decades through its Family Literacy program. As part of the city's Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative, CLC reaches out into Cambridge neighborhoods to offer ESOL classes and parent-child sessions that introduce families to pre-literacy activities proven to help children succeed in school. With almost one-third of Cambridge Public School students non-native English speakers, this very important program educates parents of children up to age seven about how to support their child's language and literacy development so their child will enter school ready to learn how to read and write.

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