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Volume 2, Issue 5, January '09


Embedded AAC Tutor in Online Classes


Joan Canty, English Instructor, Craig Johnson, Academic Achievement Center Coordinator, and Denise Brixey, AAC Tutor are piloting an embedded online tutor project this spring semester. Denise Brixey has been a tutor in the Academic Achievement Center for one year and has taken Joan Canty's online English 1A and English 1B classes. She is embedded in Joan's online English 1A class with her own Assignment Drop Box, access to a Chat Room, Email, and Threaded Discussion Area where students can contact her for help and upload assignments for review and feedback. Denise has a voice mail for students to leave messages and is also working on providing audio feedback via the online class.


Joan Canty, Instructor

Joan Canty, Instructor piloting an Embedded Online Tutor Project


If you are interested in finding out more about this project please contact Craig Johnston, AAC Coordinator  or email Joan Canty at


Denise Brixey, Embedded Online Tutor

Denise Brixey, Embedded Online Tutor


Denise Brixey and Elissa Creighton, AAC Assistant

Denise Brixey and Elissa Creighton, AAC Assistant



ˇAprende Ingles!





Vonna Breeze-Martin, Coordinator of the ESL program describes the classes as multi-level, since students attend the classes that fit their schedules - though the students with more English experience are encouraged to attend the classes with a higher level focus if possible. Vonna is looking for classroom volunteers, particularly those with some background in Spanish, (fluency not necessary), to help students move along at their own level and pace in these multi-level classes.  Interested persons could contact Vonna at 588-5274.


The ESL Program has grown from just 6 a little over a year ago to 65 last Spring semester, to 86 this past semester.

Beginning level: 
9:00 - 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Jamestown Family Resource Center with Lois Johnson
9:00 - 10:45 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Summerville Family Resource Center with Lois Johnson
8:15 - 10:00 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mark Twain Elementary School in Angels Camp with  Julie Ingber
5:30 - 7:15 p.m.  Mondays and Wednesdays at Mark Twain Elementary with Julie Ingber
Intermediate level:
10:00 - 1:35 a.m. Thursdays at Summerville Family Resource Center, with Pietr Young
6:00 - 7:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Jamestown Family Resource Center with Lois Johnson
6:00 - 9:25 p.m.  Wednesdays at A-T/CAA downtown Sonora with Frank San Filippo



Spring Review 2009


Spring Review Cover


Feb. 26th, Thursday, at 4:00

in the Library

Light Hospitality, Coffee, Tea, Cookies, and Students Reading

The Event Also Celebrates

Columbia College's

40 Year Anniversary


If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Adrienne Webster, Anne Cavagnaro, Alicia Kolstad, John Leamy, Meryl Soto, Lynn Martin, Karin Rodts, Craig Johnston or Melissa Colón. Check out the AWE Web site.