Noncredit Spanish Language Course Outlines of Record and Regional Support

Spring
2022
Resolution Number
03.06
 
Contact
Luciano Morales
Category
Diversity and Equity

Whereas, The state of California has seen a significant increase in Spanish-speaking residents over the last 10 years, an increase that is reflected in student enrollment trends; and
 
Whereas, Several colleges, including Cerritos College and Los Angeles Trade Tech College, have already successfully implemented processes by which Spanish-language versions of their courses can be offered; and
 
Whereas, Demand for noncredit courses in Spanish has significantly increased, especially in noncredit and vocational education/career technical education program areas such as automotive technology, culinary arts, sewing, computer literacy, electrical, and entrepreneurship; and
 
Whereas, The current lack of processes at local community colleges that could encourage and include Spanish-language courses could also result in a lack of regional collaborations that may benefit Spanish-speaking students in expanding their academic opportunities;
 
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to review and provide a current or updated Legal Opinion: 06-10- Provision of Instruction in Languages Other than in English;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates to encourage noncredit programs through regional collaborations to support the demand of Spanish-speaking students and explore new and existing noncredit, basic skills, and vocational education/career technical education courses that will allow for the courses to be taught in Spanish;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates to work with their curriculum committees through their curricular processes to develop or amend Spanish language indicators to be added to titles and course descriptions of noncredit, basic skills, and vocational education/career technical education courses; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates to work with their curriculum committees to develop or amend course outlines of record that are intended to be taught in Spanish.

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