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 (SMCCCD), and the Redwood City School District (RCSD).

The CBET program provides language 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.

For more information, please contact:

Alicia Aguirre, ESL and CBET, Department Coordinator – aguirre@smccd.edu  
Diana Espinoza-Osuna, ESL and CBET, Retention Specialist – espinozaosunad@smccd.edu
ESL and CBET Program- (650) 306-3388

ESL and CBET Program Text Line: (650) 260-5270

Community Partnerships and Collaborations: 


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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: 


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. Pescadero courses are open to any parent or community member who qualifies.