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 LC to offer Citizenship Program   

 

The Community Education Division at Laredo College launched a citizenship program that assists qualified local permanent residents interested in becoming naturalized citizens in the spring semester. 

 

On Sept. 20, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services awarded $10 million in grants to 40 organizations to prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization. Our institution was awarded $250,000 through the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program: Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Services Program. LC was one of the 40 organizations selected nationwide and one of only three in Texas.

 

This grant aims to promote prospective citizens’ integration into American civic life by funding educational programs, such as LC’s, designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. History and Civics. This grant has made the Civics Program possible at LC, where 200 participants will be highly prepared in these three areas. The classes will offer flexible schedules and will continue to be offered until September 2023. Participants must take an oral proficiency test and must attend 80-hours of ESL/Citizenship instruction.

 

Those who complete the citizenship instruction courses will be able to apply, go through the eligibility screening and become naturalized citizens if qualified. For this process to be possible, LC will be collaborating with the Azteca Economic Development and Preservation, Corporation Inc.

 

Deciding to become a U.S. citizen is one of the most important decisions in an individual’s life,” LC Dean of Community Education Sandra Cortez said. “If you decide to apply to become a U.S. citizen, contact us and take advantage of this great opportunity.”

 

Enrollment is now underway, textbooks are provided and classes will be offered in the morning and evening. Call us to inquire of the start dates. This program is completely free and available for those who meet the prerequisites.

 

For additional information regarding this program, contact Giovanna Rodriguez or Eduardo Martinez at (956) 721-5436, (956) 721-5131 or email giovanna.rodriguez@laredo.edu for more details.