Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Rollins students tutor staff in English

This program sounds like everyone is getting great benefits.   - - Donna Poisl

By Lauren Roth, Orlando Sentinel

Before Yexenia Garcia started learning English through the Project Bridge program at Rollins College, visiting the grocery store was difficult.

"When I go shopping, now I know what to say," said Garcia, a Cuban immigrant who works in housekeeping for the college. "Before, I had to point."

Yexenia and her husband, Yunior, who also works in housekeeping, are among a group of about 30 Rollins employees paired with tutors, mostly Rollins undergraduates, for weekly sessions. They also attend a weekly class that reinforces English basics.

Rollins undergrad Tasha Bianchi-Macaraig started the Project Bridge program after a professor told her she had once offered English lessons to college employees but no longer had time.
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