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Congratulations to our alum, Blanca Osorio-Castillo, for winning the Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award for her outstanding work as an Amherst elementary ESL teacher. Thank you to the Amherst Bulletin for highlighting her achievements and writing about the importance of ESL in our community.
Congratulations to our alumnus, Yuriy, who pursued his goal of taking the Commercial Drivers License course and now has a full-time job driving a truck.
Thank you to Baystate Health for featuring our alumna, Olga, on their Facebook page.
Below is the except from their Facebook page;
"Olga Taran’s journey to becoming a nurse spans years, the birth of three children and more than four thousand miles.
Olga moved to Franklin County from Moldova in December 2016, settling nearby her parents and siblings who had moved here nearly ten years prior.
“We didn’t know how to speak English,” explains Olga. “My family started going to the Center For New Americans where they taught us the spelling of the alphabet and we started from the beginning.” Her children, currently ages 10, 8, and 6, struggled at first but now speak English fluently and joke with their mom when she has to pause to recall words.
While in Moldova, Olga enrolled in medical school with the intention of becoming a physician. Upon getting married and beginning a family she put this plan on hold. However, as she began to build her English language skills, she registered at Greenfield Community College and set a goal of becoming a registered nurse. She is currently enrolled in their nursing program full time, and has a job as a CNA at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. She works overnights on the inpatient units, attends classes during the day, and spends her evenings bringing her children to their cello, piano, choir and violin lessons."
Former student, Maricella of Costa Rica, dances at Immigrant Voices: A Celebration of Arts 2019.
Johanne and Rose from Haiti performed "Hallelujah” at Immigrant Voices: A Celebration of Arts 2019.
Thank you to Victoria Maillo from The Montague Reporter for capturing these videos.
One step at a time: Maricella achieved her goal of getting her driver's license and then her goal of becoming a U.S. citizen!
Biani, Community Health Worker at the John P. Musante Health Center, is especially helpful to immigrants with questions about healthcare.
Hamid participated in both the Foundational Manufacturing and AMP/CNC trainings through Greenfield Community College and works in manufacturing.