Photo: Entrepreneurs and business owners in Warman benefited from the English language training provided by Great Plains College, in partnership with Prairie Sky Chamber.
Great Plains College and Prairie Sky Chamber partnered to provide English language training to entrepreneurs and business owners in Warman. The program began May 31 and concluded successfully on July 28 with over 12 participants of the program.
“Our language training unit worked with Prairie Sky Chamber to establish a business English program at our Warman Campus. The intent of the program was to assist local Chinese and Vietnamese entrepreneurs and business owners with the language required to help run their businesses,” explained English language training coordinator Bula Ghosh. “This partnership came to fruition after several months of work and negotiation and I am pleased to report that it was a success.”
Prairie Sky Chamber supported the program by making presentations to the participants. They also provided some incentives, such as a chamber 6-month membership for active participation in the program and business community. “The feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Prairie Sky Chamber, Executive Director, Debbie Brown. “It’s a great opportunity for business owners to network and build on their existing skill sets.”
Instructor Delaney King was key in delivering the successful program. With a background in curriculum development, King was able to assess the learner and partner goals in order to develop content for the program to strengthen the learners’ confidence and business skills.
Building on this momentum, Great Plains College and Prairie Sky Chamber will look to collaborate and provide an opportunity for more English language training this fall. “We are going to offer Business English Program in the fall,“ says Ghosh. “The dates have been set. The next class starts August 30 and will run until December 1, 2021, on Mondays and Wednesdays in the evening. The current participants and Prairie Sky Chamber have been notified of the extension of the program. The partnership with Prairie Sky Chamber has been valuable and beneficial for many in the community.”