The Latino Learning Center’s ESL Program

Carmen Maria Montiel

Carmen Maria Montiel is a former anchorwoman and on-air personality from Venezuela. Attending school in both the United States and Venezuela, Carmen Maria Montiel is fluent in both Spanish and English. She volunteers her talents with the Latino Learning Center (LLC) in Houston, Texas, and recently chaired a gala for the organization in May of 2015.

The Latino Learning Center is a Houston-based facility where native Spanish speakers can go to pursue mastery of the English language. Its English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed for members of Houston’s low income community, focusing especially on adult education and elderly services. Through the ESL program, students can learn to speak, read, write, and listen to English comprehensively. In the advanced stages of the program, the LLC instructs students in business terminology and teaches useful business conversation skills.

After completing the class, students receive a certificate to verify their completion. The curriculum costs two payments of $90, and spans a 12-week period.

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Vocational Programs at the Latino Learning Center

Carmen Maria Montiel

A longtime supporter of the Latino Learning Center in Houston, Texas, Carmen Maria Montiel chaired the organization’s annual fashion show in March 2015. Thanks to the efforts of Carmen Maria Montiel and other supporters, the Latino Learning Center sponsors a broad range of human support services for members of the Latino community. In particular, the Center offers vocational training in residential air conditioning and refrigeration.

Designed to address gaps in adult education services for low-income Houston residents, the Bilingual Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program teaches students about the theory and principles of this field. After spending the first two weeks learning about mechanical refrigeration and various system components, students begin operating welding equipment and learning about electricity and circuits.

As a result of the program, the community at large benefits from an increased in trained workers. Students also enjoy a boost in spending power as they advance, which has a positive economic impact on their own communities.