START Center Plaza
743 North Sam Houston San Benito, TX 78586
Local: 956-399-7818


START Center Programs

ABE - Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education classes [provides instruction for individuals who are interested in improving basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics or need assistance to transition into the labor market or higher academic or vocational training.

While the classes are instructor led, students requiring extra assistance can work independently with tutors or together in small groups. As with all START Center programs students can enhance their lives with valuable skills, such as how to find and keep a job, manage money, communicate more effectively, and learn practical life skills.

ESL - English as Second Language

English as a Second Language is taught through conversation, listening, reading, writing, grammer, and pronunciation, as they are used in everyday communication and student-centered learning projects. At the beginning levels, the focus is on English literacy and skills that are essential to everyday, real-life situations and needs. At the advanced levels, there is emphasis on academic and higher-level English, to prepare the student for more advanced launguage acquisition and for success in the work force.

GED - General Education Development

The GED Program is designed to assist individuals with GED preparation, academic tutoring, and critical life skills/ job skills training. The Program is self-paced and offered on an "open entry/ open exit" basis, and most students remain in the Program on average of four months to six months. Classroom instruction incorporates self-paced, small group learning exercises, lectures, videos, and other experiential learning activities.

Daily lesson plans are designed to be flexible enough to address the needs and levels of all students. Classes are offered year-round at several times during the day and at various locations.

For more information call 956-399-7818.

Life Skills

For youth or individuals with minimal work experience, the START Center has developed a job skills component of the GED Program. The self-paced program includes lessons, field trips, guest speakers, and skill development activities. Lesson topics include writing a resume, completing a job application, and answering questions in a job interview. Field trips include visitis to the local workforce center, area job fairs, and application/job hunting. Guest speakers are employment recruiters, schol representatives, or community business representatives. Speakers discuss in demand jobs, workforce needs, the education and degree/certifications required for specific careers, long and short-term career goals, how to start a career, and what employers look for in a job interview. Students receive assistance with mock job.


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