Community Empowerment Program’s Celebration of Achievement
The event featured the presentation of certificates for merit and attendance to students of ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) classes. Recognition was also given to those receiving United States citizenship, graduating a GED program or those completing a CNA program.
The Community Empowerment Program, formerly known as the Adult and Family Education Program, was established in 1976 and is centered on the belief that all adults deserve access to free, high-quality basic educational services to help them achieve their goals in life. The program offers classes in English for speakers of others languages (ESOL), basic education (BE), preparation for the high school equivalence diploma (GED), and computer technology classes. Morning, afternoon and evening classes are held at the Family Support Center's main site as well as at other community sites in Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, including churches, schools, and senior citizen and community centers. The program serves 700 students annually!
Above: The Services for Older Adults' Chinese Choir performed songs for nearly 200 event attendees.