The IRC in Atlanta is thrilled to announce that our English Literacy and Civics program is now offering free evening classes to the community on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-9pm at Clarkston Community Center. Designed for refugees and immigrants who have been in the U.S. for a year or longer, the English Literacy and Civics program combines digital literacy, American history and civics, and vocational training to help students explore career pathways, connect to better jobs and prepare for citizenship.
Digital literacy is an essential skill to compete in the modern workforce and thanks to support from Power My Learning, each student has access to a laptop, equipped with the full Microsoft Office Suite and learning apps that cover topics like financial literacy. Typically, students in the program have been in the U.S. for at least one year and are looking to refine their language skills and connect to better job opportunities. “The dedication shown by these students is incredible,” said English Literacy and Civics Coordinator, Lauren Mertens. “They work tirelessly; most of them work full-time jobs and then come after work to study and learn with us until 9pm! Many are also parents and the digital literacy piece really helps them to better support their kids with homework and school assignments.”
Students in the English Literacy and Civics class regularly engage with the IRC’s Career Development program, as coordinator, Aisha Johnson, gives monthly presentations on various career pathways and opportunities and surveys students to gauge specific interests in order to bring in the most relevant guest speakers and industry experts. Class participants are also supported through a variety of IRC programs to pursue educational goals like obtaining their GED or applying for graduate school.
Currently, the IRC’s English Literacy and Civics and Career Development programs are partnering with the Atlanta and North Georgia Building Trades Academy to provide interested students with hands on experience of construction and apprenticeships. After this five day program, participants will have the opportunity to have in-person interviews with apprenticeship recruiters.
If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in these classes please contact Lauren Mertens for more information: text @ircenglish to the number 81010, call 678-636-8964, or email Lauren.Mertens [at] Rescue.org. The next registration date for English Literacy and Civics at Clarkston Community Center will be October 2.
To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at Kalie.Lasiter [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8941.