SkillsUSA and Lowe’s are jointly awarding Sed de Saber grants to local SkillsUSA chapters. We are actively seeking schools to implement Sed de Saber as a community service program and schools can apply for up to $10,000 to implement it.
The Sed de Saber learning system is an interactive and proven English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) tool that helps break the language barrier. It fosters a more skilled work force and ultimately reduces accidents and fatalities. The program is available in English for Construction, English for Hospitality or English for Everyone. The learning centers around a leap-frog style learning unit that is fun, interactive and portable (much like the leap-frog computer and games).
How Schools Can Implement Sed de Saber
Apply for a Sed de Saber grant for up to $10,000. To apply, please complete the grant application at this link.
The application deadline is January 30, 2009. Grants may be used during spring 2009 or fall 2009.
A SkillsUSA chapter can determine how the Sed de Saber program is implemented. For example, the learners might meet once a week after school and include students plus family members who want to improve their English, or members of the community who want to learn or improve their English. This could be a mentoring program for younger students too.
Typically, Sed de Saber participants sign out their units through the school library and take them home for practice, taking them back each week for a group session. Our students, who can serve as mentors and instructors for the program, will lead the weekly meeting to answer questions or help learners overcome any challenges.
Length of Program
The completion time for the program ranges from six weeks to four months, depending upon the individual learners enrolled in the program and how often the group meets.
Cost of Sed de Saber
The program costs approximately $545 per learner (free with a Lowe’s grant), which includes a computer, booklets, a tutoring-by-phone support system and a pre/post program learner assessment. Once SkillsUSA and Lowe’s approve an application, Sed de Saber will assign an account manager to help plan and implement the community service learning program. We suggest working with a small group of 5 to 10 learners at a time.
Questions? Karen Perrino at email@example.com or 703-737-0610. Thanks for your help in getting word of this program out to SkillsUSA local chapters!