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We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

Do Now Round-Ups | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

Are American workers in need of a raise? Last week, students across the country debated about whether or not the minimum wage should be increased in our #DoNowWages post. We asked students What is an appropriate minimum wage for where you live? In other words, what is the basic amount of pay per hour that a worker in your city would need to earn in order to make ends meet?

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How Much Should Minimum Wage Be in Your Area?

Do Now | March 22, 2014 | 450 Comments

How Much Should Minimum Wage Be in Your Area?

What is an appropriate minimum wage for where you live? In other words, what is the basic amount of pay per hour that a worker in your city would need to earn in order to make ends meet.

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Is College Worth the Cost?

Do Now | November 30, 2013 | 77 Comments

Is College Worth the Cost?

In 2013, nearly 20 million students in the United States were enrolled in colleges and universities, more than any other time in the country’s history. Compare that to sixty years ago, when higher education enrollment rates were still under 3 million.

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The 10 Highest and Lowest Paid Jobs in America

News & Civics | October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 10 Highest and Lowest Paid Jobs in America

 By Laura Robledo According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, the highest paid workers spend their time in hospitals, not in boardrooms. On the other end of the spectrum, food service industry workers reside in America’s lowest wage-earners.  KQED’S The Lowdown analyzes how the top 10 highest paying […]

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Work Voices 15: Sara Bonomi, Marketing Trainee at Type A Machines

Work Voices | July 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

Work Voices 15: Sara Bonomi, Marketing Trainee at Type A Machines

Sara Bonomi is from Italy and has been living in San Francisco for a few months, having learned English by living abroad. She is a trainee in marketing at Type A Machines, a start up company in San Francisco that designs and makes 3D printers. Her job involves communicating and reaching out to potential customers and finding new external markets to sell printers. Customers include architects, industrial designers and engineers etc.

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Work Voices 11: Elizabeth Sarmiento, Environmental Coordinator

Post-Secondary ESL | May 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 11: Elizabeth Sarmiento, Environmental Coordinator

Elizabeth Sarmiento is from Honduras and works as a project manager with Valley Verde, a non profit company based in San Jose. The company provides gardens and supplies to low income families, and Elizabeth and her colleagues teach the families about nutrition and growing their own food in a way that yields healthy food while having minimal impact on the environment.

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Work Voices 6 – Paweena Lizarraga, Lab Assistant

Post-Secondary ESL | July 14, 2012 | 6 Comments

Work Voices 6 – Paweena Lizarraga, Lab Assistant

Download Educators’ Activities Here Transcript (English) Transcript (Spanish) Paweena Lizarraga came to the USA from Thailand in 2006 and trained at City College of San Francisco on the Bridge to Biotech program where she received her laboratory certification. She explains that this one year course offers the necessary mathematics and science to prepare her for […]

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Work Voices 5 – Carlos Garcia, Health Interpreter

Post-Secondary ESL | June 20, 2012 | 2 Comments

Work Voices 5 – Carlos Garcia, Health Interpreter

Download Educators’ Activities Here Transcript (English) Transcript (Spanish) Meet Carlos Garcia, from Nicaragua, who works as a certified health interpreter. Carlos Garcia describes how he chose his career. While in hospital undergoing treatment, he helped translate for a fellow patient who did not speak English and couldn’t communicate with the doctors and hospital staff. He […]

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Work Voices 4 – Jose Puzon, Dialysis Technician

Post-Secondary ESL | May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 4 – Jose Puzon, Dialysis Technician

Download Educators’ Activities Here Transcript (English) Transcript (Spanish) Meet Jose Puzon, from the Philippines who works as a dialysis technician. Jose Puzon is from the Philippines and decided to train as a dialysis technician, deeply moved by the death of his grandmother from kidney failure and inspired by his cousin who was working in the […]

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Work Voices 2 – Esther Amuyunzu, Medical Student

Post-Secondary ESL | April 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 2 – Esther Amuyunzu, Medical Student

Download Educators’ Activities Here Transcript (English) Transcript (Spanish) Esther Amuyunzu is from Kenya and is in her second year as a medical student at UCSF in San Francisco. She describes how her mother, who was a nurse, inspired her interest in the medical field. Esther explains the importance for students to have a clear vision […]

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