Changing lives Through…
Classes in English as Second Language
High School Equivalency Prep and citizenship classes
El Centro has offered English classes for adults for the last 46 years. Up until the pandemic shut down, thanks to a partnership with BOCES, we offered at El Centro Hispano’s Technology Center a daytime ESL BOCES class for adults from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon; two combined evening ESL classes every Thursday and 7 Saturday evening from 6:00-10:00 p.m., a morning ESL class on Sundays from 8:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and a Citizenship class on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. An Advanced daytime class was also being offered at the First Baptist Church of White Plains, Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and an HSE (High School Equivalency) class in Spanish, Monday – Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. during the school year.
However, during the pandemic, El Centro Hispano and BOCES worked together to continue providing the community these courses via online platforms. Despite the circumstances, these classes have been a great success, because they have given the opportunity to individuals from different geographic locations across Westchester County and other states to benefit from them.
Computer Classes for Adults and Seniors
From January to March 2020, El Centro offered 5 in person computer classes: 1 Beginner, 1 Intermediate, 1 Advanced, 1 Accounting and 1 Review/Advanced class. Due to the mandated closures in late March, we had to temporarily suspend all onsite activity, including our Adult Educational Programs.
In July, our Director of Educational Programs created an online curriculum that focused on special topics, designed to enhance our students’ understanding of the most commonly used software. All of the classes for the rest of the year took place via Zoom, allowing us to tremendously extend the limit on the number of students allowed in each section.
From July to December 2020, El Centro offered 7 virtual computer classes: 4 Review, 1 Review/Advanced, 2 Accounting and 1 QuickBooks class.
A total of 108 students completed the classes offered this year. Unfortunately, the circumstances did not allow us to honor our students with a special graduation ceremony as we have done in years past. We are incredibly proud of our students and of their accomplishments during these difficult times.