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Record Number: 7622
Displayed from: Jun 08, 2011 , until: Jul 31, 2011
Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult & Continuing Education will celebrate the accomplishments of about 150 students Friday, June 10, at the English Literacy Certificate Ceremony. The adult students come from around the world. Home countries for these students include Afghanistan, Argentina, Burma, Chad, China, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Monland, Myanmar, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen. Adult & Continuing Education serves about 400 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. "Learning the English language as an adult is challenging and takes many hours of study," said Dr. Bonnie Rogers, Continuing Education Coordinator. "These adult students, however, are dedicated to learning English. Each have their own personal stories for how they reached this point in their lives and why learning English now is so important to them." The event will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 10, 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.