Feb. 5 Education Digest

La Casita Elementary School awarded for bilingual program La Casita Elementary School was awarded $3,000 from the Public Education Department in recognition of its outstanding bilingual program, according to a news release.La Casita was one of 31 schools in the state recognized at the Bilingual Education Awards on Jan. 30.Schools were selected based upon English […]

Education Feature: Computer lab offers bilingual opportunity

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Trinity Segura was brought on at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center as the computer lab manager. Segura said she often works with patrons through lessons in the Rosetta Stone Program. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Seven years of dual-language classes at La Casita Elementary School weren’t enough for Chautauqua Acy. Acy, […]

Bilingual services offered for voters

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Bilingual services are available for voters in the March 4 Curry and Roosevelt county elections. Spanish-language voters will have the aid of bilingual precinct workers and an translating device at each of the precincts. Called AutoMARK, the device has an audible and visual translation of the ballot for voters, […]

Governor agrees to debate in Spanish

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Democratic presidential hopefuls Bill Richardson and Chris Dodd have agreed to participate in a candidate debate in September that’s to be conducted in Spanish. The news was met with a favorable response by two area residents who have strong ties to the Hispanic community. “I think it’s a […]

Education Digest: Briseno tapped for education group

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor David Briseno, executive director of federal/bilingual programs and community relations for Clovis Municipal Schools, was elected to a three-year term on the executive board of the National Association for Bilingual Education, according to a CMS news release. The Washington, D.C.-based group is devoted to representing English language learners and […]

Bilingual teachers in short supply

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Clovis High School bilingual language teacher Ron Elguera directs a rehearsal Wednesday at the high school. The Spanish for Spanish speakers class is working on three skits to be performed at the school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A stint as a student teacher is a necessary step on the […]

Social justice advocates reunite in Portales

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — They fought for social justice. Decades later, they told their stories so Portales won’t forget. More than 100 people remembered Portales’ history and spoke out Sunday against how minority Portales residents were treated during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Portales resident Dolores Penrod, a member of the Democratic […]

Call center will service fast-food restaurants

By Helen Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers When many people order at a fast-food drive through, they assume they’re talking to a person in that building. In the near future, however, it could be an operator in Clovis taking their orders from around the country. An SEI call center is scheduled to open in Clovis before the […]

Bilingual service company moving in

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ClientLogic employed an estimated 230 workers when it closed in January 2002 after 14 months. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer An Illinois-based customer service company signed a lease Wednesday to rent the old ClientLogic building. The company, SEI, is immediately looking to hire bilingual employees from the area for customer […]

Bilingual employees becoming a necessity

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Blanca Rios, owner of Blanca’s, rearranges the quinceañera display Monday at the store. Rios, who is bilingual, said being able to speak Spanish has helped her business grow. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer From bilingual haircut signs at Wal-Mart to Spanish radio ads by local auto dealers, local business […]