ESL parents learning Microsoft Office programs

About 45 mothers enrolled in the Los Fresnos CISD ESL program are learning computer skills for the first time in their lives.

The students in the Parental Involvement program are taking a four-lesson program in Microsoft Office to help them become more qualified for jobs that require computer skills.

For four weeks in October, they are meeting for one hour to learn Microsoft Word, Introduction to Google, Google Docs, and an Overview.

A group of 22 parents meets at 11:30 a.m. for four Wednesdays in October, while another group of 23 meet at 5 p.m. for four Tuesdays.

“The parents are saying thanks to this program, now I feel more comfortable with computers,” said Edith TreviƱo, instructor and Digital Learning Specialist for Los Fresnos CISD. “They understand how computers work now. It’s a very positive program that has exceeded our expectations. This enhances what they have to offer to potential employers.”

Teaching parents can be more satisfying than teaching children for Trevino.

“It is very empowering to teach parents, not only for me, but for them,” Trevino said. “They get excited how to how to type their name, save a document. change a font, how to cut and paste. It is mind-blowing for me, and it makes my day.”

Parent Involvement Director Manuel Almanza plans to expand the program to all district campuses through the Communities in Schools program.

“This started as a pilot program here but it’s really taken off,” Almanza said. “We want to share it with everyone else.”

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