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Center for Engagement and Community Development

Bilingual/Bicultural education students interacting to obtain success (BESITOS) 

Contact: Pedro Silva Espinoza, (785)532-5924, pedro1@k-state.edu


besitosBESITOS works to recruit bilingual and culturally diverse participants who speak the low incidence languages of English language learner (ELL) student populations, and place these recruits in the field of Secondary or Elementary Education. BESITOS increases diversity in the K-State College of Education and on the K-State campus. Graduates from the program remain in contact with the program director at K-State to help with recruitment. To date, 66 graduates of the program have been placed in 18 school districts in the state of Kansas in the field of education, serving as classroom teachers, elementary school principals, and directors of English language programs throughout the state of Kansas.





Program Partners:

More than 18 school districts in Kansas; Garden City Community College; Dodge City Community College; Seward County Community College

Institutional Impact Area(s):

K-State College of Education


Bilingual high school students in Kansas


Community and Economic Development; Cultural Institutions and Programs; Education, Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade; College of Education