YVC and CBC Continue to See Significant Drop in English Language Acquisition
Posted Date: March 12, 2021PASCO, Wash. – One year into the pandemic, local community colleges continue to see
a significant drop in the number of students who are working to develop basic English
Columbia Basin College
By: Jay Frank
Both Yakima Valley College and Columbia Basin College report a drop of over sixty
percent in enrollment in English Language Acquisition (ELA) courses. These courses
are highly affordable, costing students only $25 per quarter. At YVC, both day and
evening online courses are available this spring, with all students receiving some
individual interaction with their instructors. At CBC, in addition to remote learning,
there will be limited in-person ELA classes on their Pasco campus this spring quarter.
“Whether it’s opening up job opportunities, preparing for college level work, or for
personal needs, improving your English can create new possibilities and help students
achieve their goals,” says YVC’s Ericka Tollefson, ELA instructor.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Communities Survey, 41.2% of households
are speaking a language other than English at home in Yakima County, with the numbers
in Kittitas and Klickitat Counties at 8.9% and 11.7% respectively. In Benton and Franklin
Counties, the numbers are 21% and 48.7% respectively.
ELA courses aren’t the only form of basic skill education available at local community
colleges, as students can also access low-cost GED classes, High School+ classes for
adults to obtain a high school diploma, and Integrated Basic Education and Skills
Training (I-BEST) classes that allow for basic skill development while students simultaneously
obtain college credit within their intended field of study.
Here is additional information for those looking to take ELA courses at YVC:
- Classes are only $25 per quarter.
- While classes are online this spring, students still are interacting with their instructor
in real time.
- Various levels of instruction are available; from students with no English speaking/reading
abilities to those with some English who want to improve their abilities.
- Enrollment is ongoing. Spring quarter classes begin March 30.
- Call 509.574.6850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for classes. Once signed up, a student will be scheduled for a phone interview
with an ELA instructor to be placed in the appropriate course level.
- Day and evening courses available.
Here is additional information for those seeking to take ELA courses at CBC:
- CBC is offering in-person appointments and quiet study spaces and wi-fi on campus.
- Call 509-542-4701 to get started.
- ELA classes are offered in the morning, early afternoon and evening throughout the
- Email contact: elaFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN
- Varying levels of instruction are offered to serve a range of English skill levels,
whether you have no prior experience or are nearly ready for college-level work.