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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL program at WIC is for adults who are 18 years of age and above. It is an outcome based, goal oriented and research based program. It is offered conveniently at two times daily. Morning classes are offered Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 am until noon. Each session is about five weeks long. Evening classes are offered Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Each session is about nine weeks long.

There will be intensive four days of orientation, appraisal, testing and other admission process.

Major portion of funding comes from the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR). WIC is one of the 24 programs in the state of Kansas funded by the KBOR. Initially, a program is screened for 26 measures of Indicators of a Quality Adult Education Program. Only those programs which obtain a required minimum score will be considered for funding.

Amount of funds received will be based on several criteria such as the number of students enrolled, their contact hours, number of goals achieved, cost per outcome, amount of matching fund provided etc. The allocation of this funding is based objective criteria. Our program is outcome based, goal oriented, and rigorously monitored.

Students take both pre-tests and post-tests by the nationally recognized Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS).

The ESL program includes resume preparation, job search interview and job retention skills. This program also teaches Civics and prepares eligible adults for the citizenship test.

The following are the main goals of students at WIC.
  • Learn English,

  • obtain employment, if not employed,

  • Improve communication skills to retain employment, or find better employment,

  • Pursue a General Education Diploma (GED),

  • If a student completed high school in home country, pursue post secondary education.

The challenge for WIC is to secure matching funds for KBOR grant.

At a time when Wichita needs qualified workers, the ESL program at WIC is providing highly motivated, dependable, and reliable workforce. Typically our students enter entry level blue collar position. Over the years, many have jobs on the management level or with major aircraft companies. Because students have learned job retention skills, they need minimum or no training at work place other than their specific job training. WIC students have very little job turnover which saves employers time and resources.

WIC will conduct English classes at a company premises, if needed, for non-English speaking employees. The program will be tailored to the employers' requirement.