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Winter 2009 | Archives

With a growing Hispanic population throughout the city, Omaha Public Schools (OPS) saw a need for basic Spanish-language training for its teachers and staff. Working with MCC´s Corporate Education & Training Division, administration at OPS pursued the idea of Command Spanish® training.

Command Spanish provides occupational Spanish instruction that requires no prior knowledge of the language. By using the program, teachers and staff at the participating OPS schools can interact with Spanish-speaking students and parents with basic words, frequent phrases and simple commands.

To cover the costs of the program, MCC applied for and received a grant from the Sherwood Foundation. The grant allows for 200 OPS teachers and staff to take the Command Spanish training. The initial offer to participate in the program went to schools with a large Hispanic student population—primarily in the South Omaha area. During the October/November session, 126 individuals participated in the program offered in on-campus and online formats.

The initial success of the program and the continued and expanded interest from OPS teachers and staff in service areas other than South Omaha are a positive sign for the program. Another session runs in January/February, and interest is already high. MCC plans on seeking additional grant funding to meet OPS´s need.

"MCC´s Command Spanish Program has been an invaluable opportunity for our staff at Chandler View. Spanish is the home language of many of our students and families, and I believe they appreciate our interest and effort as much as we have appreciated the opportunity."
- Gregory Eversoll
Principal, Chandler View Elementary

 
 
 
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