Department of Education and Workforce Development (DEWD):
LITERACY AND EDUCATION
CMAA's Literacy Program employs a comprehensive approach to literacy with diverse programming that targets both families and individuals. The department offers classes at all levels, ranging from the preliteracy level to the advanced English level. Classes meet at many different times throughout the day and extend to evenings in order to accommodate the varying schedules of its clients. Thus far, the Literacy Department has served a total of 495 students.
English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Classes
This year, CMAA enrolled 197 students its ESL classes. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday in the mornings, afternoons and evenings.
Please check the event calendar to confirm class times by clicking on the link on the left-hand side.
Family Literacy Program
The Family Literacy Program is a partnership with the CMAA Youth Department and the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The program, also known as the Family Literacy Club, brings parents and children together for educational activities and field trips, library orientations and workshops, and parenting classes during the school year.
This program allows parents and children to learn English together with activities geared toward each age group. The Family Literacy Program is for adults of all ages and children from 5-11 years of age. CMAA served 30 adults and 50 children in 2009. The program meets on Fridays and Saturdays. Please check the agency calendar for details.
CMAA hosts a Family Reading Night in May and in early December. This program takes place during the evening and is a chance for families to celebrate literacy together. It is composed of presentations and workshops for both parents and their children, covering topics such as bike, home, and fire safety, and also includes performances by professional storytellers and magicians. Staff members translate the proceedings. Each child can pick out a book to read and evening ends with a free group dinner catered from a local restaurant.
Volunteer tutors meet individually and in small groups with students for weekly two-hour lessons at CMAA. Volunteers are trained by either CMAA or by the Centro Romero Agency, an adult education organization based in Edgewater, IL. One-on-one tutoring accommodates students with special needs. Sessions occur on Saturday mornings and afternoons; please check the event calendar for details. CMAA's office and classrooms stay open for tutoring during regular office hours, weeknights, and Saturdays. Tutors and students use CMAA's on-site library of instructional materials to create a personalized curriculum. Tutors and students can also meet in agreed-upon locations and not necessarily in CMAA facilities. Currently, CMAA has approximately 58 volunteers who tutor around 100 students.
This program provides students with the opportunity to learn work-related English that might be used in a standard office setting while also learning basic computer skills so that they can be more competitive in today's job market. In previous years, these courses have covered everything from Photoshop to Excel. Contact Peter Lin, to find out when the courses listed below will be offered:
A ten-week training course for individuals to become acquainted with computer operation and the Microsoft Windows operating system. Class size is limited to 10 students. For more information please contact Peter Lin.
A ten-week training course for individuals to become acquainted with Microsoft Office Programs. Class size is limited to 10 students. For more information please contact Peter Lin.
This six-week course allows students to work with hardware and software in order to gain certification as computer technicians by preparing them for the Comp TIA A+ Certification Exam. Classes can hold 9 students. Classes are free, but there is a small registration fee. For more information, please click here: A+ Computer Technician Class.
For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment), approximately 40% federal funds are used to fund the ESL classes.