Friday, January 29, 2016

City of Holyoke Employees Complete Class in Conversational Spanish

Mayor Alex B. Morse will recognize four employees who completed a class in Conversational Spanish in the fall 2015 semester.

The City arranged the class with Holyoke Community College, which was held during last fall's semester, twice a week after work hours.  The class was taught by Harry Rodriquez and coordinated by Ken White of HCC and Holyoke Personnel Administrator Robert Judge.

The Mayor met will meet with the employees in his office on Thursday, February 4, at 1:00 p.m. to present each with the certificate of completion from HCC and his own letter of congratulations.

Carla Neiswanger works at the Senior Center.  She said, "Upon taking the class offered by the City, I am now able to communicate on a basic level with our Puerto Rican patrons at the Holyoke Council on Aging.  This has helped to make people feel welcomed."

"I enjoyed participating in the Conversational Spanish Class for municipal employees," said Maureen Tisdell, who works in the Veterans Office.  "The small class size enabled us to partake in oral practice of dialogues, basic grammar, and vocabulary.  As a result, I am able to participate in basic conversational Spanish with community members."

Police Chief James Neiswanger said, "The instructor did a good job in teaching the basics in Spanish, but I also found the course to be culturally enlightening."

Morse said that he and Judge would continue to work with HCC to provide training opportunities for City employees.

For more information, please contact Nilka Ortiz in the Mayor’s Office at (413) 322-5510 or

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