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DFW INTERNATIONAL CITIZENSHIP CLASES en Plano
empiezan sábado 1 de Marzo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2014
Anne Marie Weiss-Armush
president@dfwinternational.org
214-340-9707 (numero para publicar)
www.dfwinternational.org/Citizenship



DFW International Community Alliance, in partnership with the Chase Oaks Family Center and the Alameel Foundation, is pleased to announce a new series of free Citizenship classes.  The series consists of 11 sessions (22 hours) long and students who do not know English are welcome to participate. More information is available in Spanish by calling 214-340-9707, Students should bring a notebook, a pen or pencil, and $20 to purchase the textbook.  

The Dallas/ Fort Worth metroplex is the fastest growing area in the country for New Americans, who comprise 44% of the North Texas population. However, due in part to the lack of ESL preparatory classes, only 19 % of the region’s foreign-born are naturalized citizens, the second-lowest proportion among 23 metropolitan areas.  DFW International Community Alliance is the principal provider of citizenship classes in Dallas and the only organization that accepts students who lack English proficiency. Two hundred twenty five students participate in its weekly Garland class and each year they prepare more than 900 green card holders for the naturalization interview.

"Just like 20% of metroplex residents, I was born in another country," says Dr. David Alameel of the Alameel Foundation, who also is a candidate to the US Senate.  "But with hard work and determination - as the American Dream promises - any immigrant to the US can achieve a better life.  It is a pleasure to collaborate with DFW International Community Alliance to help more than 200 additional green carde holders to become US citizens through this new series of classes, which is the first to be offered in Collin County."

John Stanley, Ministers Pastor of the Chase Oaks Church of Richardson says that "Chase Oaks Church in Plano opened a new Family Center  in December of last year, with the goal of helping our community.  We are working there in collaoraiton with several organizations and we believe that the alliance with DFW International to facilitate these ESL citizenship classes will be of great benefit to everyone."  

DFW International Community Alliance is the portal for global North Texas, a network of the regions ethnic and internationally-focused civic, community and educational organizations. Its mission is to build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities. The organization also produces the Dallas International Festival.  It promotes and links North Texas global groups through its website and cultural calendar at www.dfwinternational.org/ . For more details about DFW International Community Alliance, see the media page at www.dfwinternational.org/media/ or call 972-661-2764. High resolution images are available.