In 2016 an English as a Second Language course (ESL) began at AMS, and 23 students signed up. After two years of dedicated hard work, nine of those individuals have completed eight separate ESL segments, or the equivalent of 2.5 semesters. Congratulations to the Graduates! We are so proud of you!
The highly beneficial ESL class began on the AMS campus two and a half years ago as part of the ongoing collaboration between Santa Clarita’s College of the Canyons (COC) and AMS. Our joint intention was to provide adult education non-credit courses that will have a benefit to the individuals, the company, the college and the community.
The following employees have conquered the learning challenges, made it to the finish line of the 8th and final segment in this program and passed their final exams:
* Alicia G., Receiving Supervisor, Williams Location
* Andres C., Production Lead, Williams Location
* Beatriz H., Operations Supervisor, Scott Location
* Cirino B., General Warehouse, Scott Location
* Jacqueline G., General Warehouse, Scott Location
* Mayra A., Operations Lead, Witherspoon Location
* Yadira S., Operations Supervisor, Scott Location
* Yesenia P., Assistant Operations Manager, Witherspoon Location
* Fidencio G., Shipping Clerk, Headquarter Location
The ESL course has four levels, with two segments per level, and these employees have completed all four. From the beginning they found the course to be beneficial with regard to their work, in that most of the positions in the company do require an ability to communicate in English, especially with regard to correspondence. In addition, with a greater command of English, new opportunities within the company and within COC do open up.
Oscar Ruiz, Director of the program, had the following to say: “I am proud to see the long-time ESL employees grow and become the best version of themselves.”
Yesenia, who is an Assistant Operations Manager, offered these words: “Overall, I have a better life now, inside and outside of work. It was rough, but it was the best decision I could have made.”
Alicia, who works as a Receiving Supervisor, commented: “The ESL Class helped me improve in my personal life, as well as work. I get to speak to my co-workers now in English better than I ever have before.”
Once again, Congratulations from AMS!!!