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Record Number: 4212
Displayed from: May 29, 2008 , until: Jun 10, 2008
Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult & Continuing Education will celebrate the accomplishments of 120 students Friday, May 30, at the English Literacy Certificate Ceremony. The adult students come from around the world. Home countries for these students include Afghanistan, Burma, Chad, China, Columbia, D. R. Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Japan, Laos, Mexico, Monland, Myanmar, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Adult & Continuing Education serves about 600 students who are new to the English language, and those who complete various levels of learning the language are invited to participate in the certificate program. Students' abilities range from mastering basic English language skills, such as recognizing and writing the alphabet, to mastering enough of the language to meet most survival needs and social demands. "These students are working hard to learn the English language," said Dr. Bonnie Rogers, Continuing Education Coordinator. "It takes a lot of hours and a lot of dedication to learn a new language as an adult. We are so proud of all they have accomplished." The event is at 10 a.m. Friday in the auditorium at the Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.

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.