CNM to Offer Select Classes in Spanish

March 29, 2017 -- CNM will be offering two new classes in Spanish and a new bilingual certificate program this summer and fall designed to pique students’ interest in learning and build valuable career skills. The courses are part of the college’s Global Education initiative.
March 29, 2017

This summer, the required IT 1010 Introduction to Computers course will be offered in Spanish for the first time. In the course, students learn basic computer skills, such as the Microsoft Office Suite that includes Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel -- all programs students need to learn to be successful in college and in careers.

“These technical programs are intimidating for some native Spanish speakers,” said Jorge Cisneros, CNM’s bilingual program manager. “Teaching the course in Spanish makes the material easier for them to understand and learn.”

The curriculum is already developed and has been taught at CNM in English for many years. CNM is in the process of translating all of the course materials into Spanish, including handouts, videos, etc. Carol DeWitt and Ramona Kasaus, both in the School of Business & Information Technology (BIT), have spent the past several months translating the materials and making new videos in Spanish. Cisneros proofs all the copy to make sure the translations are accurate.

Cisneros noted that even with limited marketing, the two classes are starting to fill up. He anticipates that more bilingual IT 1010 classes will be added in the future.

Starting this fall, CNM will also offer a bilingual Customer Service Representative Certificate program.

“Many customer service representative positions require people who can speak both English and Spanish,” Cisneros said. “We tweaked the current program to make it bilingual.”

Students in the new program must speak Spanish and know some English. The program will teach students how to work in customer service representative jobs, which include but are not limited to retail companies, high-tech companies and small businesses.

A special topics course, Documentary Film Making for Spanish Speakers, will be offered in Spanish this Summer Term through the Film Technician program. It is a three-hour credit course that will guide students through crafting their film, from story development to camera sound and editing. Strong Spanish reading, speaking and comprehension skills are required. Teaching the class will be Carlos Gonzalez, an instructor in the School of Applied Technologies and a veteran cinematographer/photographer, whose work has appeared on the National Geographic and Discovery channels and other major media outlets.

“Students will be learning on state-of-the-art equipment,” said Amy Ballard, associate dean of the School of Applied Technologies. “When they complete the course, they will have a strong introduction to the skills needed to work in the film industry, either here in the U.S. or other countries.”