MAYOR BOLLWAGE AWARDS CERTIFICATES TO GRADUATES OF ESL CLASS

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE AWARDS CERTIFICATES TO GRADUATES OF ESL CLASS

 

ELIZABETH, NJ—April 10, 2012— In a ceremony held early this morning, twelve students came together to receive their certificate for completing the English as a Second Language Program. Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Freeholder Angel Estrada, Mary Arias, President of the Morris Avenue Merchant Association and Aydalid Valencia, the Instructor of the ESL courses, joined together to present these graduates with their awards.

“This absolutely free program gave residents the proper resources to expand their knowledge in both personal and professional growth and development,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “It is very important to create classes like this, where people can hone skills and learn a new language that will help benefit them in the future.”

This forum, which was originally proposed by Mary Arias, was being offered in coordination with the grant-funded New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) project. This state-wide initiative trains business employees at an on-site facility such as Union County College. In addition to ESL courses, training is also available in Computer Applications, Communications as well as Mathematics and Measurement.

In an effort to improve growth potential and communication proficiency for Hispanic workers, more than twelve businesses in the Morris Avenue District had enrolled in the ESL program. Their participation demonstrates an exceptional example of their commitment to developing the skills of their employees and improving their business efficiently.

“As president, I am extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish with this program. In order to thrive as a merchant community, we must emphasize the significance of educating our own,” said Mary Arias. “We have set forth a foundation for many programs to come and I am thrilled that we were able to collaborate with many different organizations to provide this opportunity for our community.”

This program was so successful that a second round of classes will be offered in the near future to those interested free of charge.
For more information, please call Phyllis Reich at 908-820-4037.