Northeastern Adult and Community Education
Adult and Continuing Education

Adult English Language Instruction (ESL)

Formerly known as English as a Second Language (ESL), English Language Learning (ELL) Instruction classes are designed for those who would like to improve English grammar, spelling, phonics, reading, writing and speaking.


  • Classes include topics such as: English for the workplace, conversational English, English for life skills, civics and citizenship.
  • Early childhood education - pre-elementary school for children ages up to 8 years old while parents attend class.
  • morning and evening classes (Classes offered in Sterling, CO , Yuma, CO and Holyoke, CO).
  • Cost: FREE
  • Morning Session: Tuesday - Friday
    • 08:00 am - 10:00 am English Language Instruction
  • Evening Session: TBD
  • *Regular Attendance is required and homework will be assigned.

  • Transition into NJC's GED or academic ESL classes.
  • Identify a career that you would like to pursue.
  • Make a plan for education and/or training to start your career.
  • Please contact Dalia Alexander by calling 970-521-6793 or emailing to set up your registration appointment.

Clases de GED e inglés como segundo idioma

Las inscripciones serán la semana de el 10 de Enero, 2023. 

Llame a Dalia Alexander al 970-521-6793 o envíe un correo electrónico a para reservar su asiento.

The Pathway to CNA program is an integrated education and training program that combines industry focused language instruction with industry-specific workforce training. English language learners with advanced English proficiency (Level 5+), participate in English language instruction for English language skills needed to perform the duties of a CNA while concurrently attending the CNA technical training at NJC in the Nursing program. Through this joint partnership, English language learners develop English language skills for CNA, obtain technical training to prepare for pursuing a career as a CNA and for passing the state exam, and participate in on the job training through clinicals in a health care facility. 

Nurse Aides are the first line of direct care to many patients. Providing for the personal care of bathing, dressing, feeding, assisting with moving and positioning of patients, nurse aides are in high demand in hospitals, long-term care facilities and home care agencies.

This is a great way for those with the heart to serve others gain income and experience working in a medical or direct care facility. For those considering entering the nursing field as a career, working as a nurse aide will help to develop good bedside care and begin introduction to the field of nursing.

Pathway to CNA Program Requirements 

English Language Acquisition (ELA) for CNA

This course is designed to assist students whose first language is not English move through the intensive CNA program at NJC. Students will receive instruction in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the English language for a career as a CNA. By the conclusion of the ELA portion of the program students will be able to understand the terminology in English needed to function as a professional CNA, and communicate in English with patients, coworkers, supervisors and other personnel to safely perform their duties as a CNA. Noncredit Course 

NUA1001 Nurse Aide Health Care Skills

Prepares the student to perform the fundamental skills of the nurse aide. Basic nursing skills, communication skills, restorative services, personal care skills, safety, and emergency care issues are covered. Includes knowledge and/or principles of asepsis, OSHA, and HIPAA regulations. Ethical behaviors, cultural sensitivity, and principles of mental health will be addressed as well as patient-resident rights. (4-0) 4 Credits.


Helps prepare the student for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination. (0-0.5) 0.5 Credits


Applies knowledge gained from NUA1001 (NUA101) to patient care. Prerequisite: Satisfactory progress in NUA1001. (0-1) 1 Credit

Northeastern offers the nurses aide program in both extended and accelerated format. For specific dates on the offered courses please contact the Northeastern nursing program.

Apply to the Pathway to CNA Program

Care Forward Colorado - CNA Scholarship

ESL0053 Advanced Composition

Reviews paragraph organization and develops the skill of writing essays using selected rhetorical modes. This course emphasizes accurate use of advanced grammatical structures. Includes summarizing, paraphrasing, and research writing. (Contact hours-45 to 60) (3 to 4-0) 3-4 Credits.


Brianna Bade
Holyoke Adult Education Instructor
Brianna Bade
Barbara Cullop
College and Career Navigator
Adult Education Center
Barbara Cullop
Cathy Fisher
Adult Education Instructor
970-571-1302 (mobile)
Cathy Fisher


Jamie Giacomini
Adult and Community Education Director
Knowles Hall-108a
Jamie Giacomini