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Cathy Yasuda, TVCC Foundation Executive Director and Gianluigi Benvenutto, TVCC HEP Director (far right) receives a $10,000 grant award from Rene David Mejia Quintana, Deputy Consul with the Mexican Consulate in Boise to fund ESL and GED classes at the college.

Grant will expand GED, ESL classes at TVCC

Treasure Valley Community College has been awarded $10,000 from The Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) and the Mexican Consulate in Boise to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED classes at the College.

"These funds will allow us to expand services to meet the needs of under-served populations in our community," said TVCC President Dana Young. "Helping community members learn English will improve access to jobs and opportunities for the individual and their families."

The grant application was submitted by the TVCC Foundation and will provide funding for instructor costs for four classes that will be offered winter and spring quarters through the TVCC HEP (High School Equivalency) Program and the Adult Basic Skills Department (ABSD).

HEP Director Gianluigi Benvenutto said there will be two ESL sections, basic and intermediate classes offered in the afternoon and one Spanish Pre-GED/GED section offered in the evening through ABSD.

TVCC Foundation Executive Director Cathy Yasuda said these grant funds come at an opportune time for TVCC.  "Now that we have HEP off the ground and running this is a great time to expand our ELS and GED offerings as the need for these classes continue to grow," she said.   Benvenutto agrees. "These classes are very important for our community here in Ontario and the surrounding areas.  There is a very high need for ESL classes and pre-college programs since we are the only providers of these types of classes in Spanish in our local area." he added.

Benvenutto said TVCC currently has 28 students in the ESL classes. Students have come to the community from Mexico, Iraq, India, Brazil, Peru and El Salvador.

For more information about these classes, contact TVCC at 541-881-8822.