On 1998, Dr. Robert L. Gilliland, Dean and Vice President of Utah State University Extension, was looking for more Latino families were interested in continuing their education through college. Dr. Gilliland met with leaders of the Latino community in Cache Valley to find programs that favor the education of students. He decided that educating with technology could reduce the space and time if the students found the site and take advantage of opportunities for of learning at work.

On 1998 Dr. Izar Martinez, Dean of the College of Education at Utah State University, opened a room in the building and adults began to attend English as a Second Language and Spanish classes in Utah State University campus.

Meanwhile, in 1998, Dr. Gary Straquadine, Director of the Utah State University Extension ASTE program opened the computer lab and the students began to learn to type, to communicate online, and to use software that helped them learn basic technology at the same time they were learning English.

To formalize this project, Mrs. Jean Alder, Utah State University Extension, Cache County Agent, assigned Dr. Héctor Mendiola to design and implement a program with free access for students. Frederick Bertrong, a retired nuclear engineer, associated the team and brought together his high professional quality with great enthusiasm, to complete in the following year, 99 bilingual conjugating lessons of 33 of verbs of common use. That was how the program COMPUTER ASSISSTED LITERACY FOR NON ENGLISH SPEAKERS http://ocw.usu.edu/University_Extension/CALFNES_Spanish/index.html, appeared on computer monitors. And this was the beginning of a journey that continues successfully in Utah school districts.

Currently there has built a formidable partnership model with Utah State University Cooperative Extension, public schools, the USUCCU, Monterrey Institute of Technology and the Institute of Mexicans Abroad, through the Consulate of Mexico in SLC.

“Utah State University Extension program has been serving the state’s individuals, families, and communities since 1907. As the needs of the state’s citizens have changed, both the services provided by Cooperative Extension and its delivery mechanisms have evolved to keep pace. Extension technology is well respected in the delivery of practical research-based programs. Utah State University Extension is proud to participate in partnerships with Mexico, the state of Utah and various other organizations to help educate Latino individuals, families and communities”

Noelle E. Cockett

Vice President and Dean for USU

Extension and Agriculture