MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies Bridges Language Gap
for Native Spanish Speakers



WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- The number of Spanish-speaking residents is increasing dramatically in various parts of the country, and the need to learn English is a high priority for many. To address language barrier issues and boost employment prospects, Mercer County Community College’s Center for Continuing Studies will offer three comprehensive English courses and a new personal financial management course taught in Spanish. Classes will take place at the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

The series of noncredit classes begins January 14 with 10 weeks of “Pronouncing American English.” Taught by JoAnn Ficca, a speech-language specialist, classes will take place Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9: 30 p.m. Six-week sessions of “ESL (English a Second Language): Writing & Speaking Skills,” with MCCC instructor Ozana Castellano, a communications specialist, will run January 20 - February 24 and February 26 – April 2. Classes will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For jobseekers, Castellano’s “Workplace Communication Skills for Non-Native Speakers,” will run Tuesdays April 7 –May 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

For those interested in learning the basics of personal finance management, “CURSO En Espanol! Principles of Financial Planning and Investing for Spanish-Speakers,” will be a taught by certified financial planner Maria Juega, April 29 – May 20. The four-week course will provide a foundation for understanding fundamental concepts of money management, how to organize your personal finances and invest profitably in financial assets. Classes will be held Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For further information and to register for noncredit courses, call (609) 570-3311 or e-mail The current bulletin is available online here.

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