The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Long Beach City College prepares students to develop the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to reach their academic and vocational goals. ESL program services include placement testing, counseling, registration assistance, and academic instruction. This program seeks to reflect and serve the needs of a growing and changing student population. The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program at Long Beach City College offers formal transfer requirement courses in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. It is designed to teach students to communicate effectively in American Sign Language, to educate about the many facets of Deaf culture, and to encourage participation in the Deaf community. The mission of the Linguistics program at LBCC is to provide students with discipline-specific skills and knowledge for transfer to a 4-year college or university. Since the language in some form lies at the root of most human activities, commitment to a strong linguistics program is critical to the college’s mission to “promote equitable student learning and achievement, academic excellence, and workforce development by delivering high-quality educational programs and support services to our diverse communities. The ESL, ASL, and Linguistics Department provides access to all campus programs and services and prepares students to meet academic, vocational and personal goals.