Indianapolis, Indiana – Steele Benefit Services announces support of a unique program for multi-lingual students at MSD Wayne Township. Steele’s first donation to the Wayne Winter Games will support multi-lingual students interested in closing communication gaps in the healthcare system.
Steele’s donation will be directed toward an MSD Wayne Township program called ENL, which stands for English as a New Language. This is one of several language programs in MSD Wayne Township that exists to support language minority students and their families. MSD Wayne Township’s cross-cultural ENL program gives multi-lingual students direct access to language interpretation training that can be used in real healthcare environments.
Ben Davis University (an MSD Wayne Township school) is one of the first high schools in the country with teachers certified to train students and adults in medical interpreting. According to a Ben Davis University teacher, “It started as a plan to offer this opportunity to 6 students… now we have a certified campus, two trainers and the possibility to train up to 150 students in two years (in many languages).” The ENL program teaches job-ready skills and trains students to become paid interpreters after course completion. Johana Losoya, a parent of bi-lingual students at Wayne Township and Steele employee said, “It’s amazing to hear such a promising program is available in our school district. I grew up with a parent that did not speak English, so know firsthand the difficulty of interpreting and translating complex information at a young age.” Losoya continues, “Having such a beneficial resource available should inspire our (multi-lingual) youth to use their abilities to confidently help others.”
The Wayne Township Educational Foundation is accepting financial gifts online to support student scholarships, classroom programs, teacher innovation and other unique programs like ENL. Click to Donate or learn more about the Wayne Township Educational Foundation!