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WKCTC and US Bank Partner for Citizenship Awareness Day September 17 in Mayfield

Ana Masso, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, came to the United States fourteen years ago. She and her husband lived in Texas and New York before making their home in Graves County in 2007 where he pastors a local church in Mayfield. To improve her English skills and to prepare for the GED test, she began taking classes offered through the church. But in 2012, she decided to move forward with her education and contacted West Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges Adult Learning Center in Graves County.

The center helped Masso with her English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and with building skills to prepare for the GED and the Naturalization exam. This summer Masso reached two milestones. She became a United States citizen in July and earned her GED just a month later. Masso now plans to continue her education at WKCTC this spring.

One of our goals is to provide immigrants in our community with various opportunities to enhance their skill set through the (ESL) program as well as to help prepare them to become citizens through our U.S. Citizenship program, said Stacey McIntee, manager of adult education in Graves County. In addition, the Adult Learning Center also wants to help our clients transition into WKCTCs excellent technical programs such as welding, culinary and health care to discover their career path.

The college is working to achieve these goals with community outreach projects such as Citizenship Awareness Day September 17 from 4 6 p.m. at US Bank in Mayfield. US Bank, located at 406 South 7th Street, provided grant funding for the multicultural event, which is free and open to the public.

Information will be available for individuals wanting to learn English as a Second Language (ESL); obtain their GED; earn a certificate, diploma, or degree; take citizenship classes to become a U.S. citizen; and gain financial literacy on money management for the English Language Learner (ELL) community. US bank will have bilingual employees available to help answer banking questions. Visitors can also enjoy free food and fun activities for the entire family.

Citizenship Day and Constitution Day is a combined event that is annually observed in the United States to commemorate the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. It also recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become U.S. citizens.

For more information about the Citizenship Awareness Day event, contact Stacey McIntee at (270) 856-2400 or stacey.mcintee@kctcs.edu.