For Immediate Release
June 13, 2013
Contact: Anne Marie Weiss-Armush
DFW International Community Alliance
972-661-2764 (please do not publish this number)

DFW International Community Alliance, in partnership with the Irving Public Library, is pleased to announce a new series of free Citizenship that begin on Monday, June 24. The series consists of 11 sessions (22 hours) long and study materials will be provided. 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 series is sponsored by the Law Office of Domingo Garcia and FiestaMart, Inc.

Beginning Monday, June 24, 2013
Irving Central Public Library
801 W. Irving Boulevard Irving, TX 75061
from 6 pm to 8 pm

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 citizenship classes, only 19 % of the region’s foreign-born are naturalized citizens, the second-lowest proportion among 23 metropolitan areas.

Anne Marie Weiss-Armush, President of DFW International Community Alliance says “As the fee for the naturalization exam is $680, a week’s salary for many, and applicants have only two chances to pass the exam, our ESL Citizenship Classes have served 1,500 of our neighbors during the past year, helping them toward greater opportunities and engagement in American civic life.”

DFW International Community Alliance is the principal provider of citizenship classes in Dallas and the only organization that accepts students who do not read and write English. The nonprofit serves as the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 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. DFW International Community Alliance promotes and links North Texas global groups through its website and cultural calendar at http://www.dfwinternational.org/ . For more details about DFW International Community Alliance, see the media page at http://www.dfwinternational.org/media_/ or call 972-661-2764