MULTNOMAH COUNTY & OREGON ADULT COMMUNITY JUSTICE
Passing the GED can be an impossible dream for students who are just learning English. Because a GED is a goal for many of our Spanish speakers, the Londer Learning Center has begun offering Spanish language GED testing, as well as basic math in Spanish and reading in Spanish.
Salvador D. and Angel C. Salvador began studying English at the Learning Center last year. When looking for jobs, he learned how important the GED is to employers. Salvador relapsed, but was able to resume his studies at the Learning Center once he was stabilized.
This issue of "The Learning Curve" which is a publication by Multnomah County and the corrections dept they even feature a Mexican flag to accompany this pathetic article.
But the kicker:
Through an agreement with Governor Ted Kulongoski and Mexico's President Vicente Fox, the Mexican Consulate is setting up Spanish literacy programs throughout the state.
Materials are free and can be accessed off the internet. Through these courses, a Spanish speaker from any country in Latin America can earn a primary or secondary school certificate.
Thanks so much Governor Teddy. Now people from other countries can come here and get "free materials" (free to them, not to taxpayers) to get educated in another language. Way to go.
Get ready to shed some tears...
Thanks to this access to Mexico's adult education material, the Londer Learning Center currently has one student who is learning to read in Spanish. This student, Luis, was orphaned
at an early age and never attended school in Mexico. Luis's son dropped out of high school in Portland and has been involved in gangs. Since beginning his reading classes at the Learning
Center, Luis now has the confidence to start studying English.
Luis, thanks so much for coming to this country with absolutely no skills, no ability to speak the language and fathering a child who is now a gang member. It's all worth it though because you have the "confidence to start studying English."