Adult Education for Work
6-A and 6-B,
Vocational ESL at Lake County Community
College. This is a Vocational ESL program
(VESL) certi cate program in landscape
management that was created after several
large Chicago-area landscaping rms informed
the college's Horticulture Department that
they faced a shortage of skilled workers and
that most of the current front line employees
in the industry had limited English pro ciency.
In response, the college developed a ve-
course program (three-credits each) leading
to a certi cate in Landscape Management
that teaches English and landscaping courses
in tandem. Lake County also provides
integrated vocational programs in automobile
technology, o ce administration, allied
health, and HVAC.
This information is based on a working paper
developed for CAAL's study of exemplary community
college ESL programs.
For more information, contact:
Director of the CAAL project at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
6-B. Develop partnerships with employers.
Developing partnerships with employers is a key strategy in
creating programming that meets the needs of employers.
ese partnerships can vary in focus and in how they are
organized. ey can be a partnership between a community
college or other provider and a particular company, an
industry organization, a chamber of commerce, a labor
management partnership, or a partnership with a local
workforce investment system. e employer partner can
help design curriculum or assessments, provide teachers
with appropriate technical skills, train teachers, provide
internship opportunities for students, give employees time
o to participate in education or training, provide training
at their worksites, and assist in planning Career Pathways
within a eld.