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Back to School: New this year at TTUSD — Parent University

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New for 2016-2017, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is offering Parent University, a Tahoe Truckee Community Collaborative for Adult Programs and Services.

Following is a list highlighting what's offered:

English as a Second Language (ESL) Beginning Level: This course is designed for students with little or no experience with the English language. The class introduces students to basic structures and vocabulary of English through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Open only to beginning level non-native speakers of English and may be repeated.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Multi-Level: This course is designed to develop language proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for limited-English-speaking adults at a multi-level ESL instructional level. Language skills are developed in the context of everyday life situations, with the goal of communicative competence. The content and instructional strategies of this course reflect the English-as-a-Second-Language Model Standards for Adult Education Programs.

GED preparation, offered in both English & Spanish: This course is for adult students who do not have a high school diploma. It helps adults prepare to successfully pass the General Education Development battery of tests. The preparation program involves approved GED practice tests which serve as predictors of performance on the GED exam. The Spanish GED classes are taught entirely in Spanish in preparation for the Spanish GED exam. The English GED class is taught entirely in English in preparation for the English GED exam.

Job Skills Training: This course will help you learn or improve interview skills, job searches, improve communication and presentation skills for an office setting, job interview practice, customer service, and business vocabulary while building self-confidence. Students receive a certificate based on participation, presentations, and attendance.

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Introduction to Auto Level 1: Students will develop working knowledge of the different operational systems of a car. This is required course for Auto Level 2.

Introduction to Auto Level II: Automotive Shop environment will provide the student with pre-apprenticeship skills in tune-up, brake system, electrical systems, lamp adjustments, and lubrication service.

Introduction to Auto Level III: An intensive course of study and continued practice of apprenticeship skills for students interested in continuing the mechanical technician certification.

Beginning Computers: A first course for beginning computer users designed to introduce students who have never used a computer to the basic elements and fundamentals of operation. Topics covered include powering the computer on and off, using the mouse and keyboard, and some basic computing functions and terms. No prior computer experience necessary.

Intermediate Computers: This course teaches intermediate computer skills including how to navigate the internet and email, word processing, graphics, multimedia, spreadsheets and databases.

8 Essential Life Ingredients for Parents Workshop: You're invited to explore your thoughts and apply them to the 8 Essential Life Ingredients to discover your parenting style and to appreciate a new view of you. You can survive parenthood and deliver to the world a wholesome human filled with the desire to respect life and live it well. A few tools, some daily practice and the life of a parent becomes more supported and satisfying.

Advanced Computers with Certification: This course provides students with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of several components of Microsoft Office software applications, programming, and development of websites.

Interview (Soft Skills) and Resume Writing Workshop: Learn standards of expectations employers look for in a potential employee. Participate in practical interview scenarios developed to improve self-esteem, confidence, and business vocabulary. Create an online resume as well as learn how to make your paper resume standout among others.

Conversational Spanish I (for Educators): This course focuses on conversation in an educational setting, emphasizing pronunciation, fluency, and vocabulary. It also provides the knowledge, vocabulary, and linguistic structures necessary for students to use Spanish for communication, as well as an introduction to the Spanish language and culture. The course will include conversation practice, vocabulary development and basic grammar instruction to help students improve their communication in Spanish at a basic level.

Conversational Spanish II (for Educators): This course covers basic to intermediate vocabulary, conversation, pronunciation, and frequently-used expressions in an educational setting. The coursework includes practice in speaking and listening in order to improve understanding of the language in a classroom setting, with some information on the area's culture and customs.

Translation and Interpretation Certificates: This course is designed for bilingual adults who may or may not already be working in the field of translation and interpretation. This program offers an introduction to professional training in the area of translation and interpretation for those interested in obtaining the Professional Certificate in Translation and Interpretation (Spanish/English).

This article was provided by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.

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For more information and detailed class schedule, visit ttusd.org or email Heather Urrea Sullivan at hurreasullivan@ttusd.org or call her at 530-582-2500, extension 20478.