Adult immigrants celebrate their own graduation - June 04, 2007

Record Number: 3235
Displayed from: Jun 04, 2007 , until: Jun 18, 2007

On Tuesday, June 5, Fort Wayne Community Schools will host a special certificate ceremony for more than 120 adults who've improved their English skills by advancing at least two grade levels in the adult English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students, who represent more than 25 countries, will attend the ceremony in their native dress and will be joined by friends and family. It's a great celebration and a wonderful way to formally recognize the ambition and dedication of these people who've worked very hard to become more proficient in reading, writing and speaking English, explains Bonnie Rogers who heads the Adult ESL program for FWCS. Through this program, FWCS provides adult English education for between 450 and 600 people at any given time. Students attend class in the evenings or for half days, five days a week and must progress through four different academic levels before completion. Many students also have children who are learning English in a Fort Wayne Community School. Participants may use the program to go on and earn a high school equivalency diploma, to help earn United States citizenship or simply to function and contribute more easily in society. Since its inception in 1977 with the Vietnamese boat people, the program has helped thousands of migrants and refugees learn to read, write and speak English. Event details: What: Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult ESL Certificate Ceremony Where: Anthis Career Center Auditorium When: Tuesday, June 5, 10 a.m. Contact: Susan Imler, 467-2022 or Bonnie Rogers, 467-1065


With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.