VESL instructor for Job Seekers at Newark

English as a Second Language instructor for Job Seekers

January – May 2018

Newark Public Library, 6300 Civic Terrace Ave., Newark, CA 94560

The Alameda County Library’s Education and Literacy Services is hiring a contract instructor position with experience in VESL for beginning English speakers. The class is a multi-level beginning to low intermediate vocational ESL course. The learner’s goal is to improve their work-related English and/or prepare for a job search.

Classes are two hours per week for 16 weeks during the months of January to May 2018. Classes will be held in the morning or evenings, depending on instructor and learner availability. The classes will be held at Newark Public Library, 6300 Civic Terrace Ave., Newark 94560

This pilot ESL class is grant funded for approximately 4-5 months. The instructor fee is $50 per hour for 2 hours per week. The fee includes instruction, as well as preparation of lessons, assessment and evaluation of learners, attendance records, brief monthly and end of session progress reports and completion of library literacy program and library card applications.

The classes require preparation of lesson plans and activities as dictated by student learning needs and class objectives. Student Goal setting and evaluation is required as well as a structured curriculum that will support adult learners at least one level grade improvement during the project’s funding period. Lessons can include identifying occupations, read work schedules, answer classified ads, learn basic workplace communication, improve vocabulary related to health and safety, retail, or healthcare, fill an application and write a resume, and learn about library job and language learning resources.

Text and workbook materials, copying, and supplies are provided. The class is free to participants. Depending on learner’s need, childcare will be available.

Please call Dr. Luis Kong, Program Manager, Adult Education and Literacy Services, Alameda County Library. (510) 745-1484 or email: lkong@aclibrary.org





Vocational Education

Why California is investing over $200 million in vocational education

More Americans are going to college than ever before. The most recent census found that 33.4 percent of adults over the age of 24 have earned a bachelor’s degree or more. Kurt Bauman, Chief of the Education and Social Stratification Branch for the U.S. Census describes this as, “a significant milestone” for the country.

For many, however, higher education remains a privilege that is financially inaccessible. One way students can invest in their futures without investing in a bachelor’s degree is through vocational education. By enrolling in vocational education programs, students can earn degrees in high-demand fields like nursingbusiness and engineering which can lead to high-paying jobs. Still, many students believe that a bachelor’s degree is the only path to success.

In order to change this, the state of California is spending $200 million to encourage more students to earn a vocational certificate instead of a bachelor’s degree.


Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/15/why-california-is-investing-over-200-million-in-vocational-education.html


International Literacy Day

You are invited to celebrate International Literacy Day at the Fremont Main Library, FUukaya Room A on Monday, September 11 at 6:00 PM.

UNESCO established September 8 as International Literacy Day to promote literacy worldwide. It is estimated that 875 million of the world’s adults do not know how to read or write – nearly two-thirds are women, and that more than 110 million children lack access to education.

Join us and share an inspiring passage from a favorite book. Everyone is welcome to read. Children and second language learners are encouraged to read. Invite your friends and family to celebrate the joy of reading. Learn about the Library Literacy Program.

All library programs are free and wheelchair accessible. For more information call Education and Literacy Services (510) 745-1480

International Literacy Day flyer



Free Civics/Citizenship Classes at the Fremont Main Library


Ready to become a U.S. citizen? Get prepared for the Naturalization test while learning important facts about US government, American culture, and history. This is a free, fun filled eight-week class. All materials are provided. An intermediate English level is required.

You must attend the orientation meeting on: Tuesday, August 15 or Tuesday, October 17 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Go to the Library’s Information Desk for an orientation meeting location, Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd.

There are two sections for fall 2017. Classes start on August 22, and on October 24. Space is limited to 10 learners. Tell a friend.

Call NOW for more information (510) 745-1480. Alameda County Library’s Adult Education and Literacy  Services.

Citizenship Fall 2017 flyer

Earn your High School Diploma NOW

Career Online High School

The Alameda County Library, in partnership with the California State Library and Gale-Cengage Learning, offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high diploma and one of eight career certificates online through the Career Online High School (COHS).

The library’s pilot program provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified adult learners who are looking to expand their career opportunities, prepare for workplace entry and continue their education.  The scholarships are funded by the Alameda County Library Foundation and the State Library.

Career Online High School offered by the Alameda County Library is open to eligible Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo, as well as Union City, Newark and Fremont residents. Applicants who successfully complete an online self-assessment and two week prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview, will be considered for enrollment and a scholarship.

Once enrolled in the program, Career Online High School pairs each student with an academic coach, who provides the student with an individual career path, offers on-going guidance, evaluates performance and connects the student with the resources needed to master the courses. Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program. Students may transfer credit from accredited High School courses which will shorten the diploma completion.



Email: diploma@aclibrary.org and our enrollment team will contact you, or visit the ­Career Online High School website for more information. Read the frequently asked questions.

Civic/Citizenship classes

Civics/Citizenship Class at the Fremont Main Library


Ready to become a U.S. citizen? Get prepared for the Naturalization test while learning important facts about US government, culture, and history. This is a fun eight-week class. All materials are provided.

You must attend the orientation meeting on: Tuesday, May 3 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the van Doorn Room, Fremont Main Library. FREE.

Classes start on May 10 – June 28. Intermediate English level required. Space is limited. Tell a friend.


Call NOW. Alameda County Library’s Adult Literacy Services (510) 745-1480 for more information.

flag128x130   Citizenship WS 2016 flyer

Winter-spring session, 2016

The Write to Read Winter-spring session will be starting on Tuesday, January 19 to Saturday, May 7, 2016 for all Reading Clubs, and Basic Education classes. Registration for these classes starts on January 4, 2016. Registration for reading clubs is first come, first served for all learners.

Please check or call for other schedules, including basic computer skills labs, Project MOVE job seeking classes, and ESL job English at the Ashland Community Center and the Eden Area One Stop Career Center.

Current enrolled learners will receive a class schedule in the mail. New learners from all branches, please call the Fremont phone number below for an assessment appointment.

All classes are free. For more information, call the Alameda County Adult Literacy Services  at (510) 745-1480. http://guides.aclibrary.org/literacy