Celebrating success: ESOL and GED students at SSMO
Submitted by Sr. Catherine Hertel, SSMO
May 16 was a day of celebration for the families of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and General Educational Development (GED) students who completed their spring term classes. Before feasting on tasty cultural cuisine, each level of students demonstrated their accomplishments of the year. These students are to be admired for their persistent determination to learn English, even after long days of work and family duties. Also to be admired are the twenty plus volunteers who have dedicated many hours of service to our immigrants.
Besides ESOL students who are learning English, there are GED students. Eliuth Ayala, Hilda Campos, Analondy Cordova, Irma Guardarama, Maribel Lua Barragan, Eduardo Ramirez, Yadira Rodriquez, Israel Santiago, Gabriel Segura, Irma Vazquez, Veronica Jimenez and Rosa Villavicencio have all passed the five GED tests and are looking forward to the benefits of GED certification. Some have even decided to become teachers/assistants in classes with those still aspiring to pass their GED tests before the new 2014 standards are put into effect.
The Sisters of St. Mary are aware of the challenges facing immigrants today. In the beginnings of their community in 1886, they too were immigrants. Now, they are committed to assisting today’s immigrants through their ESOL, GED and citizenship programs.