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.
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ESL and CBET Program Text Line: (650) 260-5270
Community Partnerships and Collaborations:
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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:
Students usually study two or three semesters in the CBET classes and then transition to campus to continue studying ESL and other careers.
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.