Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

FAQ

  1. Is the program accredited?
  2. Do I have to take a lot of classes?
  3. Do I have to be a native Spanish speaker?
  4. If I am not a Spanish speaker, what classes do I need to take?
  5. Do I have to take the Spanish classes at Cal Poly Pomona?
  6. What are the benefits of participating in the ED Program?
  7. Who are the community partners?
  8. If I am a non-Spanish speaker taking classes, do I go out by myself to a community partner?
  9. Is there a benefit to participation in the ED program?

1. Is the program accredited?
The Cal Poly Pomona didactic program is accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Education. The ED program mirrors the curriculum of the Department of HNFS at Cal Poly Pomona. Upon completion of the ED emphasis students will be awarded a certificate.

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2. Do I have to take a lot of classes?
No. Students who participate in the ED program will take the same courses as those not in the mirror model with addition of six one-unit classes which focus on Hispanic culture and Spanish nutrition terms. These students perform their service learning in Spanish-only speaking sites. If you pass the Spanish online test with a score of 400 you will not be required to take additional classes.

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3. Do I have to be a native Spanish speaker?
No. Each student will need to have the equivalent of intermediate level Spanish by the end of the Spring quarter.

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4. If I am not a Spanish speaker, what classes do I need to take?
Upon testing, and if it determined that you are required to take Spanish classes, you will be recommended to take Span 151, Span 152, Span 153 and Span 251.

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5. Do I have to take the Spanish classes at Cal Poly Pomona?
No.  You are able to take the required Spanish classes at a local community college.

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6. What are the benefits of participating in the ED Program?
Each student that participates will be equipped with the skills to provide the Hispanic population cultural sensitive nutrition services.  In addition, participants receives hands-on-training.  There are two courses in which the participants provides services in the community.  The first one is nutrition education, where the participant develops and implements a nutrition class in Spanish at a community partner.  Secondly, the student provides one-on-one nutrition counseling in Spanish at another community Partner.

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7. Who are the community partners?
There are a number of community partners such as Riverside County Head Start, City of Fontana, City of Ontario, etc

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8. If I am a non-Spanish speaker taking classes, do I go out by myself to a community partner?
No. Students are paired, a Spanish speaker with a non-speaker.  The team will practice with the instructor prior to going to the community partner.

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9. Is there a benefit to participation in the ED program?
Yes, dietetic students who graduate possess increased job marketability, increased skills and increased confidence to work with a Spanish only speaking population.

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