CBET - Community Based English Tutoring
CBET is funded by proposition 227 and offers beginning level English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to parents and community members throughout California who pledge to tutor school-age children. The Cañada College CBET English for the Workforce Award program is a collaboration between the San Mateo Community College District (SMCCD), the Redwood City School District (RCSD), and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
The CBET program provides language and computer skills classes for the workforce. The community-based classes serve as a bridge to on-campus academic and career programs. Upon completing the program, students receive the English for the Workforce Award. This program has been made possible in part from a grant by Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
For more information, please contact:
ESL and CBET Program Text Line: (650) 260-5270
Visit our Sequoia Adult School Scholars Foundation
Visit our International Student Center
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What courses are offered?
See the course descriptions for:
- ESL 800 Preparatory Course
- ESL 921 Grammar and Writing I
- ESL 911 Reading and Listening/Speaking I
Where and when are courses offered?
English for the Workforce courses are offered off-campus in the evenings at all sites *except for Fair Oaks, which hosts one morning class (9-11am) during the fall and spring semesters:
Redwood City Locations:
- Hawes Elementary School
- Hoover Elementary School
- Fair Oaks Elementary School*
- Taft Elementary School
- Sequoia Adult School
East Palo Alto Location:
- Los Robles Magnet Academy
Half Moon Bay Location:
- Cunha Middle School
- Puente De La Costa Sur
What happens to students when they finish the CBET program?
Students usually study two or three semesters in the CBET classes and then transition to campus to continue studying ESL and other careers.
Who is eligible to participate in the English for the Workforce program?
The program is designed to serve parents and community members of the RCSD and SUHSD who pledge to tutor school age children once their English is proficient. Participants must be at least 18 years old and meet financial aid requirements for free tuition if they want to receive credit for the courses. Half Moon Bay courses are open to any parent or community member who qualifies.