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 during a day - mornings Monday thorugh Friday from 8:30 to noon for about four
weeks (each session) and evenings Monday through Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for
about six weeks.
There will be intensive four days of orientation, appraisal, testing and other admission process.
This program is partially funded by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR). WIC is one of the 31
programs in the state of Kansas funded by the KBOR. Initially a program is screended 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. Thus funding is based allocated based on such objective criteria. Hence this is an
outcome based goal oriented, rigorously monitored program.
Students are assessed and pre- and post-tested by nationally recognized
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS).
The ESL program curriculum at WIC includes many "soft skills" such as resume preparation,
job search interview skills and job retention skills. This program also teaches Civics and
prepares eligible adults for citizenship test.
The following are the main goals of students at WIC.
obtain employment, if not employed,
learn English, improve communication skills and retain their present employment or find better employment,
improve English and pursue Gendrel Education Diploma (GED) program or
if they already have a high school diploma from their 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
jobs and over the years many of them end up working at major aircraft companies. Since
the students learn job retention skills, they need minimum or no training at work place
other than their specific job training. With students from WIC there is very little turnover which
in turn saves employers time and other resources.
WIC will conduct English classes at a company premises, if necessary, for non-English speaking
employees. This program will be tailor made to suite employers requirements.