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Record Number: 5178
Displayed from: May 26, 2009 , until: Jun 15, 2009
Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult & Continuing Education will celebrate the accomplishments of 200 students Tuesday, June 2, at the English Literacy Certificate Ceremony. The adult students come from around the world. Home countries for these students include Afghanistan, Bosnia, Burma, Chad, China, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Mali, Mexico, Monland, Myanmar, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yemen. Adult & Continuing Education serves about 500 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. "We are proud of the students we recognize at the ceremony as well as those who are continue to work towards earning certificates," said Dr. Bonnie Rogers, Continuing Education manager. "These students come to this county often knowing very little about our culture and our language. They dedicate many hours to learning English so they can be a part of the community." The event is at 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium at the Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Many students dress in clothing from their native country, making the ceremony a rich cultural experience.

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.