First and foremost, let me welcome you back to what promises to be yet another exciting school year. Last year we accomplished a lot together as many of you brought recognition and esteem to our program. We are proud to once again offer you a multitude of courses that can help each of you achieve your career objectives. My staff and I are committed to your success and it is an honor for us to serve you here at The English Center. Feel free to visit us anytime if we can assist you, or simply stop by to say hello! Good luck and best wishes!
Dr. Dulce M. De Villa
Principal Adult Education
The English Center, M-DCPS
The English Center, M-DCPS is a full-service adult education center that will continuously strive to provide access to challenging literacy, vocational, and community education while building learning communities designed to maximize student success.
The mission of The English Center, M-DCPS is to develop students vocational, social, technological, physical, and emotional potential in a wholesome, self-paced, supportive environment. This endeavor encourages them to become lifelong learners and contributing ethical citizens in a multicultural and changing world.
- Character education
- Moral values
- Community service
- Professional accountability
- Planet awareness
- A Golden Principle: "Do to others as you would like others to do to you"
- A Silver Principle: "Do NOT do to others as you would not like others to do to you"
We welcome you to The English Center, M-DCPS and we are confident that you will be successful here if you follow these five important messages:
1. The English Center is a community. Be a good neighbor
- Respecting others’ feelings and property is a fundamental courtesy. We show respect by our words and actions.
- Avoid inappropriate language.
- Refrain overt displays of affection.
- Avoid touching others. Some cultures find this offensive.
2. The classroom is our workplace. Invest in it.
- Teachers and students are partners in the learning process. Cooperation is essential.
- Ask the teacher for help rather than classmates. Consulting with classmates can be disruptive.
- Attend classes regularly and arrive on time. If you must be late, avoid interrupting the class.
- Discuss classroom difficulties with the teacher first.
- Practice and use English.
3. We are frequently judged by our appearance. Dress appropriately.
- Your appearance influences the way people treat and react to you. You can make a positive impression.
- Avoid t-shirts with inappropriate messages, tank tops, short shorts, and transparent clothing which are distracting, inappropriate and unacceptable.
- Maintain good hygiene habits. Use of soap, deodorant, and clean clothes creates a positive image.
4. The English Center is an extension of our homes. Take pride in it.
- Our campus grounds and facilities provide an attractive and stimulating environment. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep it beautiful.
- Dispose of trash in the many containers provided. Recycling is a major concern here and at home.
- Writing on the walls and desks is destructive and criminal.
- Smoking on school grounds is illegal according to Florida law.
- Chewing gum is unacceptable on campus. This habit creates unsanitary conditions.
- Food and drink are to be consumed outside of the classrooms.
- In the restrooms, only toilet paper should be flushed. Paper towels should be placed in the trash can, not in the toilet. Keep restrooms clean and inform the custodians when supplies or cleaning is needed.
- Be considerate. Park only in the designated areas without blocking neighbors’ driveways or other cars in the parking lot. Keep off grass, sidewalks, or disabled parking spots. You will receive a ticket is you violate any of these laws.
5. We are a school for the world. Learn from each other.
- We celebrate our diversity. Learn to appreciate differences rather than ridicule them. People fear what they do not understand.
- We have over 40 nationalities attending The English Center M-DCPS , but our common goal is the same: to learn and improve our lives.
- Treat others as you expect to be treated. Judging people by their origins alone is unfair.
- Contribute to the spirit of harmony. Share your customs with others. You will be surprised by what you can learn.