FAIRFIELD — Members of the Solano Community College governing board will consider a partnership Wednesday with a nonprofit organization that could help provide an English-language program at the college for non-native speakers.
Board members will review a memorandum of understanding between the district and the International Education Center, which “disseminates education, encourages exchanges in educational cultures and contributes to international collaboration in education,” according to staff reports.
The center currently operates in Contra Costa County and this will be its first connection in Solano County, said Shemila Johnson, outreach and public relations manager for the college.
If approved, the center would provide programs that help non-native speakers learn English and help prepare them for academic studies and success at the college level. It will also manage, maintain and operate the program while the college will oversee and govern the language program.
The program is waiting on state approval; when it starts depends on that approval, Johnson said. She said she is hoping for next spring.
“But that might be too optimistic,” she said.
If approved, the memorandum of understanding will be in effect from Sept. 1, 2013, to Aug. 30, 2017.
The recommended structure of the $348 million capital improvement bond, Measure Q, is back on the agenda as an approval item after some discussion during a recent board study session. Several options concerning its organization structure will be up for consideration.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and moves directly into closed session. Open session convenes right after closed session. The address is 360 Campus Lane, Suite 201.
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