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Get the Most
Out of Your
Education
LWTech o ers several supplemental programs to help you get the most out of your education, including English as
a Second Language (ESL), Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST), and Fast-Track summer courses.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
For adults from the immigrant-refugee community and non-native English speakers who want to improve their English language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), LWTech o ers the ESL program.
“There is a huge variety of ethnic and educational backgrounds among the ESL students at LWTech, and the ESL program serves students at both ends of the education spectrum,” said Mihaela Cosma, Faculty and Director of the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. “Regardless of entry point in the ESL program, even at the lower ESL levels, educational pathways are available to all students, providing college and career readiness and contextualized instruction,” she added.
Find out more at lwtech.edu/ESL
Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST)
The I-BEST program allows ESL/ABE students to work on improving their basic skills while simultaneously attending college classes. The program uses team- teaching, with a basic education and academic/ technical instructor, to enhance student learning.
“The I-BEST program is very interesting because it has two instructors in the same class, so I can get
more attention and support from them. The support instructor helps me with my English skills. As a non- native speaker, it really helps me a lot,” said Xuling Fu, a student in the Academic I-BEST and ESL programs.
“Our  rst I-BEST classes showed that nearly 75-percent of the students completed – a much higher rate than we saw from any other educational delivery system. For that reason, we’ve kept expanding it, and we now o er eight I-BEST programs leading to professional technical certi cates,” added Dean of Instruction, Doug Emory.
Find out more at lwtech.edu/IBEST Fast-Track Academics
Our summer Fast-Track Academics program allows students to complete frequently required academic classes quickly in an intensive four-week format that combines face-to-face and online instruction. The program includes English, Math, Psychology, and Communications classes that meet LWTech’s academic requirements, are accepted at all state community and technical colleges, and transfer to most universities. Courses can be completed either in Term A or Term B of summer quarter. This allows students to either attend one term, or use both terms to complete an entire academic sequence and be ready for more advanced studies in the fall. Classes are transferable, and many students use them to complete their degrees and move on to the next level of study, either at LWTech or another institution.
Find out more at lwtech.edu/fasttrack Transformations Magazine | 12
International Programs sta  member, Jeannie Magdua, is one of several volunteers that helps students practice their conversational English during a weekly "Talk Time" session.
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