CARECEN'S CITIZENSHIP BLOG

CARECEN to Host Naturalization Ceremony in Mount Pleasant-Columbia Heights

Washington, DC, May 30, 2013 – CARECEN is proud to partner with the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Mount Pleasant Library to host a special naturalization ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 11 AM. The ceremony is the culmination of the road to citizenship for those who have taken all […]

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Engage today, vote tomorrow

By Rachel Gittinger, CARECEN Citizenship Coordinator What is citizenship? Take a moment to answer. An impromptu poll I conducted revealed that most people will say something like: An obligation to your country A privilege A sense of belonging An investment in the good of society National pride One answer I have never received?   A certificate […]

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Registration for Spring Citizenship Classes is now open!

We are now accepting registration for the spring session of citizenship classes.  This 12 week session begins the week of April 9, 2013.  Each student will enroll in two weekly classes:  a two hour civics class, and a two hour civics-focused ESL class.  We also offer a civics class in Spanish for those eligible.  Classes […]

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Full Circle

By Rachel Gittinger In our citizenship classrooms hangs the “New Citizens Hall of Fame”, a bulletin board adorned with smiling pictures of new citizens holding their naturalization certificates. Like any Hall of Fame, it serves a dual purpose; to celebrate those who have achieved that which seemed impossible in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and […]

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Our Citizenship Computer Lab Is Here!

By Ana Negoescu Setting up a citizenship computer lab was once an indefinite term objective of our citizenship program. Today, we are proud to check it on our fulfilled objectives list. As part of our overarching  goal to help  our community members develop marketable skills and become self-sufficient,  the  fully equipped computer lab will first […]

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Celebrating Achievement and Practicing under Pressure

By Ana Negoescu and Rachel Gittinger Students and volunteers enjoy a celebratory multicultural potluck! Photo by: Oliver Contreras Every citizenship session at CARECEN ends with a multicultural potluck and a graduation ceremony.  This past week was no different. Students chatted in English and Spanish, debated answers to test questions, laughed with staff and volunteers, and […]

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Registration for Winter Citizenship Classes Starts Today, December 10!

By CARECEN Today we start registration for the winter citizenship classes at CARECEN that start in January. Class duration is 12 weeks and each student will take one two-hour civics class and one two-hour civics focused ESL class per week, during preferred hours (weeknights of weekend). Starting in 2013, CARECEN will introduce the use of […]

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CARECEN Welcomes New Citizenship Coordinator!

By CARECEN Rachel Gittinger joined CARECEN on November 15 as our new Citizenship Coordinator. She will work closely with Ana Negoescu, our Director of Education and Advocacy to implement activities funded through a USCIS grant, including: updates to the curriculum to include the use of technology and more interactive and experiential learning, setting up a […]

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The City is Our Classroom

By Jack Emerson, Fall Citizenship Intern Every Saturday for the past several weeks, I have watched students slowly trickle into CARECEN for citizenship classes. Every student—always eager to learn—would come bearing their books, pencils and notepads, ready to discover  something new about American history and government. This Saturday was different. I called all of the […]

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