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New hybrid program to teach English and trucking to immigrant students


A community college in Kansas is now offering a unique opportunity to non-english speakers looking to get into the trucking industry. 

Johnson Community College in Edgerton, Kansas has paired up its Continuing Education Transportation program with the Johnson County Adult Education Literacy Program in order to teach non-english speaking students not only trucking skills, but the english language. 

According to a spokesman for Johnson Community College, the college receives at least three calls a day from people looking to get into trucking, and the demand doesn’t seem to be slowing any time soon.

“Two to three calls a day, most likely from people looking to get their CDL, looking for CDL training, looking for funding assistance to get their goal,” said spokesman Chris Gray to KSHB 41 News.

The school says they already have five students participating in the hybrid ESL-trucking program from all across the world –  Algeria, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Somalia to be exact. 

“I didn’t have this plan before, but now I have it for my life,” said Regina Stewart, a student from Brazil.

“It is so hard to me, but I’m learning,” she continued. 

The school is looking to hire more ESL instructors as the program grows. Anyone interested in applying can view the job listing here

People interested in learning more about the CDL, ESL, and hybrid program can click here.


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