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Hudson County Community College Offers New  English as a Second Language Proficiency Certificate 

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Hudson County Community College (HCCC) now offers a certificate program that will provide high-level written and oral English language skills for students whose native language is not English.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Proficiency Certificate program at HCCC addresses the needs of the College’s immigrant student population, and all those who have immigrated to the United States and wish to enhance their opportunities for professional employment.

HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber said that about one-fifth of HCCC students study ESL. “Ours is a community of immigrants, many of whom come to America with baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees earned in their native countries,” he stated. “They want to acquire English language skills that will assist them in succeeding in their professional and academic pursuits here, and this program provides that opportunity.”

The HCCC ESL Proficiency Certificate verifies that those who earn the certification can competently speak, read, and write English. In addition to successfully completing the ESL Reading and Writing courses, students complete English 112 (Speech), CSC 100 (Introduction to Computers and Computing), any general course in Mathematics or Science, and any two general education courses in Humanities or Social Sciences. HCCC offers free tutorial services to help ensure students’ success.

Those interested may enroll in the HCCC ESL Proficiency Certificate program at www.hccc.edu/apply, where they may complete the online application. Additional information about the program and the availability of financial assistance may be obtained by emailing admissions@hccc.edu, calling (201) 714-7200, or texting (201) 509-4222.

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