Veronica Ochoa, immigrated from Mexico to the United States three years ago with hopes of providing a better life for her three children and three stepchildren. When she arrived in the United States, language was a major barrier; Veronica found it difficult to help her children with their school assignments and fully participate in her newfound community in Southern California. However, Veronica did not let this discourage her, she quickly enrolled in a Sweetwater Adult Education program focused on career and technical development through Sweetwater Union High School District in San Ysidro, California.
Veronica recognized that her move to a new country presented her with a unique opportunity for personal growth and development. Determined to seize this chance, she embarked on her English language learning journey with the aid of MindTap and National Geographic Learning's English Language Teaching (ELT) Stand Out curriculum. These resources provided her with the tools and support she needed to gain confidence in her language skills, opening doors to further education and a promising career in healthcare.
Navigating the Challenges of Learning and Speaking English
Veronica's path to language proficiency was not without obstacles. As a non-native English speaker, she faced the daunting task of mastering a new language while adapting to a different culture. However, Veronica's unwavering spirit and commitment to her goals propelled her towards a brighter future.
Enhancing Employability through Education
Veronica recognized the importance of continuous learning and professional development in enhancing her employability. With a strong desire to excel in the healthcare field, she made the decision to enroll in a healthcare essentials class. This opportunity not only enhanced her job skills but also boosted her confidence in her ability to navigate the healthcare setting effectively. Moreover, the healthcare essentials class became a catalyst for Veronica's language development. As she engaged with instructors and fellow classmates, she seized every opportunity to practice her English language skills in a professional context. Successfully completing this class gave Veronica the confidence she needed to pursue further education and enroll in college.
Learning English Strengthened Family Bonds and Community Engagement
Learning English has completely changed Veronica’s life and her family’s life. She can now confidently assist her children with their schoolwork, ensuring they receive the academic guidance they need and that she is able to actively engage in their educational journey. She has also become a more active member of her community as she is able to engage in meaningful conversations, contribute her ideas, share her experiences, and actively participate in community initiatives.
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A special thanks to our National Geographic Learning team Nichol Clark, Christopher Frezza, Sayaka Hara, Elizabeth Harwood and Joy MacFarland for their incredible work to capture Veronica’s story.