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Occupational English

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What will students learn?

Students will learn English as used in the work place by studying course manuals commonly used in occupational training.  

The class will utilize:

  • NCCER CORE.  This manual covers basic safety, construction site orientation, construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic rigging, communication skills, employability skills and material handling. 
  • Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver’s Handbook 2018.  Published by the Texas Department of Public safety this book covers all material needed to earn the Texas Commercial Learner’s Permit and all endorsements. 

When does the course begin and end?   

The course will begin on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 and will end on Thursday, 20 December 2018.

How many days per week?

Classes meet from 7 pm to 8:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Location of classes?

Classes will meet on the campus of Lamar State College Port Arthur in the Carl A Parker Multipurpose Center in Room 204.

How much does the class cost?

Radio Vida sponsors tuition for this class.  There is no fee to students. 

Meet Your Instructors:

Mr. Ramirez

Mr. Ramirez was raised as a migrant worker until he entered first grade.  He says his parents taught him the importance of God, Family and Country.  From farming, he learned that many people working together could accomplish a hard goal in a short time. 

Since 1983, Mr. Ramirez has been an active part of the voice of the Spanish speaking community in Port Arthur.  As the owner of OTRA Hispanic media, he is active in the operation of both the Southeast Texas Hispanic News and in Radio Vida, the local Spanish radio station. 

In addition to his public commitment to the Hispanic community, Mr. Ramirez sets aside a good deal of his personal time to help native Spanish speakers acquire the English skills they need to find employment.  He has offered free ESL classes since 2001 and was awarded the Teacher appreciation Award for his efforts in 2012.

Mr. Ramirez has been a Certified Citizenship Teacher for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services since 2001. 


Contact Information

Yadira Hernandez, Workforce Development Counselor
Phone: 409-984-6232