Culture and Intensive English Program

ELL College Preparatory Academy

Introduction to College Seminar

The Intro to College Seminar in college seminar is taking place this spring. In this seminar, students will improve their English skills, learn about studying at college, and be able to talk to several representatives from UNI. At the end of the seminar, the students will have a unique opportunity to visit the UNI campus. Students will enhance their college readiness skills and upon completion, receive a certification of completion.

Spring 2020 Dates: February 4 - April 23 

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College Prep Summer Program

The ELL College Prep Academy is a four-week summer program serving English language learners (ELLs) at West High School in Waterloo. Developed in response to requests from the district, the academy builds college reading and writing skills for ELLs, exposes them to the campus culture and resources, and sets them on a pathway to education beyond high school.

The CIEP, the University of Northern Iowa, and the Waterloo Community School District (WCSD) are collaborating on this project.

Students will receive 16 hours of English instruction per week. Students will participate in a variety of activities that will expose them to academic college life as well as exploring future career opportunities. Upon completion, students will receive an English elective credit, a waiver for the UNI application fee, and a stipend towards the cost of UNI orientation and registration.

Dates: June 22 - July 17, 2020

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Essay Writing

The Essay Writing course will take place next fall. In this course, students will improve their English skills, learn about college, and be able to talk to several representatives from UNI. Throughout the course, students will focus on academic writing and complete college level writing assignments. At the end of the course, the students will have a unique opportunity to visit the UNI campus. Students will enhance their college readiness skills and upon completion, receive a certification of completion.

Fall 2020 Dates: TBD

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