Urban College to offer classes in Creole at Mattapan center

Urban College of Boston brings its “Child Growth & Development” course to Mattapan this fall. The three-credit college course will be taught in Haitian Creole as part of UCB’s cutting-edge bilingual program that provides access to college courses in their native language to new Americans who then transition to English-speaking classes.

An Open House with the opportunity to register for the course will take place on Tuesday, August 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mattapan Family Service Center. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon from September 8 to December 22.

 “Child Growth & Development” is a three-credit course that can be applied to both an associate degree and certificate in Early Childhood Education. In addition, it fulfills the state requirement
 Urban College is one of the few institutions of higher education nationwide that offers bilingual education. Students may take initial courses in Haitian Creole, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese and then transition to English-only classes as they gain English-speaking skills.

 Financial aid is available. To find out immediately if you qualify for financial aid, please bring your 2011 tax return and high school diploma. 

This fall “Child Growth & Development” will also be provided in Spanish at the ABCD East Boston Area Planning Action Council. In addition, “Introduction to Human Services” will be taught in English at the ABCD Parker Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Service Center in Mission Hill. 

“Bringing our courses to the neighborhoods is one more way that Urban College contributes to community life in Boston and meets the needs of our students, many of whom are working adults who live in these neighborhoods,” said Urban College President Bob Regan.

 Regan encourages those who interested in learning more about careers in Early Childhood Education or Human Services Management to come to the Open Houses that are being held in Mattapan, Mission Hill and East Boston and learn about the opportunities that are available.

Please call 617-348-6330 or go tourbancollege.edu for information. Students can register for the fall semester at the college headquarters in the Robert M. Coard Building, 178 Tremont St., Boston, from August 27 to August 30. Classes begin on Sept. 4.
The Urban College of Boston is an independent two-year college with a mission to provide higher education opportunities to disadvantaged residents within a supportive environment and a curriculum that emphasizes career preparation and skill development. Three associate degrees are awarded: Early Childhood Education, Human Services Administration and General Studies, and there are 13 Certificate Programs and Continuing Education.