Program announced to give adult English learners more avenues to employment, citizenship

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. – A new program being offered at Sussex Tech that aims to help English learners achieve not only employment but also citizenship.

Spanish-English GED classes will now be offered to about 50 Sussex County residents starting this fall. This first of its kind, face-to-face learning program is designed to get these learners on a better career path.

“We’re looking for an opportunity for an ELL learner that does have credentialing opportunities in Spanish or in English to earn this credential which will allow them an on ramp to a career path,” said Linda Eklund, the principal of James H. Groves Adult High School.

In addition to learning reading, writing and math in English, these adult students will also be taught digital and financial literacy. This can lead to apprenticeships in plumbing, electrical, welding, HVAC, automotive and more.

Classes will also focus on civics and citizenship.

Officials say that by taking this course, parents can become better teachers at home for their students.

“Parents the first model. If the parent’s going to school and achieving goals that are educational, the child will follow,” Eklund said.

The program begins in September and meets twice a week for three hours each session, ending in August 2020.

A grant of $24,850 from the Delaware Community Foundation helped make this program possible.

Sussex Tech and La Colectiva partnered together for this program. Students will be recruited from various partner organizations across the county. For more information on the program, you can call 302-856-9035.

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