Tag: English classes
When Omar Al Sadoon told the case worker from the Department of Social Services that he wanted work as an electrician, she was incredulous. It was too much, Omar recalls her saying. He needed much better English and training in U.S. electrical standards before he could think about getting a job as an electrical tradesman in Virginia.
A single phone call made all the difference for Skyline Literacy and the educational programs they provide. The non-profit organization, headquartered in Harrisonburg, which focuses on providing instruction for literacy skills and assisting legal immigrants in applying for U.S. citizenship, recently was awarded a $250,000 grant.
Papy Sabiti won the Green Card lottery and left the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he worked as a doctor. But after arriving in the United States, he discovered he would face a number of hurdles in order to once again practice medicine in his new home.
Community support and donations over next month will determine to what degree—or even if—Skyline Literacy can continue providing reading and citizenship courses for community members next year, board members said Monday.