PCC receives Citizenship grant

Adult Education is excited to announce that its grant proposal to provide new ELAA infused Citizenship classes, has been funded by the U.S. Center for Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security.  The purpose of the grant, written (and submitted) in collaboration with Refugee Focus is to assist Legal Permanent Residents (immigrants with a “green card”) in becoming citizens.  The program will do this by teaching history, government and civics–all things necessary to pass the Citizenship test, while simultaneously teaching English.  Using Citizenship curricula and other related materials, classes will work with students on all levels of English thus preparing them for the naturalization exam while also helping to improve their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Once students have learned enough English and are well versed in Citizenship Education, they will be referred to our partners in the grant, Refugee Focus, who’s certified counselors will then assist the students with the naturalization process.  While formerly charged with working solely with refugees, this grant will allow for Refugee Focus to now work with all immigrants.

The program will begin on October 1, 2014 and will go through September 30, 2015.  Adult Education will receive approximately $50K per year and will work with a minimum of 200 students through at least four new classes, at least one of which will be on-site at the new downtown offices Refugee Focus.

For more information, contact Jim Lipson at 206-3550


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