Imagine yourself playing the role of a journalist and you want to find out what Chinese immigrants living in Chinatown and its surrounding neighborhoods do for a living. Without a doubt, the most often cited occupations will have something to do with restaurant, factory and hotel housekeeping.
While these occupations provide a more or less stable income to help support immigrant families, they are not without their disadvantages. For one, restaurant work involves very long hours – that means little or no time to spend with family. Factory and hotel housekeeping work is demanding with little or no prospect for advancement. And all three offer limited earning potential.
In an effort to enhance our students’ employment potential and their quality of life, the Pui Tak Center Adult ESL Program launched a Health Care ESL Bridge class in the spring of 2010 to address students’ need for more career options and the demand of the health care industry. Intermediate and advanced ESL can sign up for Bridge classes and receive 4 to 8 months of contextualized instruction with the goal that they will transition to a post-secondary institution for vocational training in health care, and finally, upon successful completion of training, gainful employment.
Bridge Classes are offered in the morning and evening Monday through Thursday. Please contact Sandy Louie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-328-1188 x 209 for more information.