Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Hispanic Community Offended by College Course Offering

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Hispanic Community Offended by College Course Offering

Article excerpt

OMAHA, Neb. Hispanic leaders are criticizing a Metropolitan Community College course called "Supervising Hispanic Workers," saying the class feeds stereotypes.

A college spokesman said last month that the course has been dropped and its content and title were being reviewed by a community advisory group with several Hispanic members.

"It was never our intent to offend people," said Joe Distefano, the spokesman. "It was our intent to provide educational services. If we have offended people, we certainly apologize for that."

Each year, Metro enrolls more than 1,000 non-Englishspeaking people in English language courses. The college also offers a group of classes through a partnership with Command Spanish Inc. of Pearl, Miss.

Command Spanish provides training materials and workshops in basic Spanish for business, law enforcement, corrections, immigration, and court personnel who have no prior knowledge of the language.

Distefano said Metro offers Command Spanish training to help employers and their employees communicate effectively in the workplace. …

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