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Bilingual Tutoring Up and Running!

Posted by crpic on June 23, 2009

Members of the Spanish Intro to Computers tutoring group with their tutor, Arturo Aldama
Members of the Spanish Intro to Computers tutoring group with their tutor, Arturo Aldama

 This summer, CRPIC is fulfilling a longtime goal of making free bilingual tutoring available to the community. We are collaborating with the WATCH CDC to provide computer tutoring in Spanish to several of their English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL ) students. We originally envisioned our tutor, Arturo Aldama, working one-on-one with students. But the first evening he was here, no less than seven of WATCH’s students arrived together for what they hoped would become a regular class. Calmly taking it all in stride, Arturo generously volunteered to tutor the whole group and to follow the syllabus for our Introduction to Computers and Internet (ICI 101) class.  The group, which has grown to 10 students, gets tutored here at CRPIC every Tuesday evening for two hours. Most of them attend the WATCH ESOL classes together on Monday and Wednesday evenings and agree that being in both the class and tutoring group is helping them build English and computer skills more quickly. Arturo speaks Spanish in the tutoring sessions, but the students use English software and handouts – they specifically requested it to improve their English. In a few weeks time they will also have become much more computer literate.  Stay tuned – this is the “before” photo – we’ll be giving an update on the group’s progress in a few weeks and post a new photo of the whole group.

Arturo also tutors students on a one-on-one basis on Monday and Wednesday evenings. He has a dedicated following, but if you are interested in making an appointment, please call the Front Desk at 781-891-9559, x 206. If you would like to become a bilingual tutor, please call the same number and ask for the Volunteer Coordinator.

 

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A Round of Applause for the Web Guys!

Posted by crpic on June 15, 2009

 
Brian Cusick - Our Tireless, Talented, and Really Nice Web Guy

Brian Cusick - Our Tireless, Talented, and Really Nice Web Guy

All of us here at CRPIC want to thank Brian Cusick (left) and Zach Field (who went on vacation before we could snap his picture) for all of the wonderful work they did on our new website.  Many, many thanks for helping us build a more user-friendly, informative, and up-to-date site.  Our best guess is we have logged close to 100 hours, in a very iterative process, on design, architecture, photos, text, and links  to get to this point.  And we aren’t done yet!  It has been a great learning experience for all of us and we hope that you, the public, will find this site both more helpful and more fun.

  
So, what’s new?

Well, we have a great new design and a lot more navigational and tracking tools, but the things we think you might like best are:

* You can now make a donation to CRPIC, just by visiting the site.
* You can register at the site and automatically get RSS feeds/updates
* You can become a friend of the Charles River Public Internet Center on
    Facebook and share the good news about us and our new website.   If you
    don’t “do” Facebook, you can connect with us and others using LinkedIn,
    Twitter, and several other sites.
* You can print and email the enrollment form for our Summer 2009 classes
    to our Educational Coordinator.  Our goal is by Fall 2009, you will be able
    to completely register online.
 
We are still fine-tuning and adding to the the site, so register today, leave us a comment, refer us to your friends, and keep checking back more even more improvements.  Better yet, register and get the RSS updates automatically. 
 
And please, join us in thanking Brian and Zach from the Bentley Service Learning Center for all of their terrific work!

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We’re Launched!

Posted by crpic on June 11, 2009

CRPIC went “live” with our new website last Friday, June 4th. We are working on a few final revisions, but we wanted to get our new image out there along with our new Summer 2009 Course Catalog. Let us know if you like the site and be sure to take a look at the catalog.

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Welcome to our New Website!

Posted by crpic on June 5, 2009

Welcome to our new website. Hope you enjoy it. Please check back soon for updates!

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