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New Offerings in Language Arts at Napa Valley College

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Lissa Gibbs, NVC Public Information Officer -; office: 707/256-7167

Spring 2015 Registration Open for Occupational Spanish, Japanese 101 Already a Hit

November 20, 2014 (Napa, California) – Two all-new offerings in Modern Languages at Napa Valley College for the Spring 2015 semester give NVC students and community members alike access to language learning opportunities with practical benefits and no prerequisites required.

Occupational Spanish (SPAN 90), with an emphasis on Spanish for the wine industry, is a three-week late-start course scheduled for the evenings, making it an ideal after-work learning opportunity. SPAN 90 is two units, with its first class meeting on Feb. 4.

The class took shape after the college received multiple requests from area wineries seeking Spanish tutors, according to NVC Professor of Spanish María Villagómez, who serves as Modern Language Coordinator and Chair of the Language and Developmental Studies Division.

"It’s relevant to our valley and our local industry. It’s accessible. And it’s convenient," said Villagómez.

The course will be conversation-based and requires no prior experience with Spanish. In addition to introducing relevant vocabulary and phrases, the class will address pertinent cultural issues as applicable.

While in the spring of 2015 Occupational Spanish will emphasize language skills for the wine industry, future offerings of the class may focus on other inudstries and occupations, including emergency response and health care, Villagómez noted.

The second new Modern Language offering, Japanese 101, is the first Asian language to be offered at NVC, according to Villagómez. The class filled immediately, signaling strong interest by students, and a waitlist has been created.

Based on the strong start for Japanese 101, more sections and additional Asian languages may be added in the near future.

"Clearly there’s a demand," said Villagómez. "I’m very, very happy that the class appears to be a success right from the start."

Online priority registration at Napa Valley College is now open for continuing students, with enrollment opening Dec. 9 for new matriculated students and Dec. 16 for returning students. Open walk-in registration begins Jan. 6, 2015, with classes beginning Jan. 21.

For more information and to enroll, visit or call (707) 256-7201.