The Hispanic Contractors Association of Minnesota is giving a (leapfrog English learning “Sed de Saber” construction edition) program to all new HCA-MN contractor members for free. The program will help Hispanic workers with Limited English Proficiency to learn English related to the construction industry.
Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition is an English-as-a- Second-Language (ESL) tool targeted to Spanish-speakers in the construction industry in an effort to promote a more skilled, safer workforce, improve quality and reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities. The system uses an interactive LeapFrog Quantum Pad™ with seven books and corresponding mini cassettes that teach 500 words and 340 phrases through visual and auditory methodologies, combined with recall and repetition. Developed by a group of industry professionals, Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition meets standards of adult assessment systems approved and validated by the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition was developed in response to serious concerns related to job site safety in the industry, including: Construction is the second largest employer of Spanish-speakers in the U.S. OSHA estimates 25 percent of accidents are attributable to the language barrier. Injured workers are sidelined an average of 33 days per year.