ESOL Pathways programs, delivered by community agencies, integrate English, technology, career, and college prep across all levels – basic literacy to high-skilled immigrants. Classes target subpopulations including women building new lives after domestic violence; Cantonese-/Mandarin-speaking immigrants pursuing English, computer literacy, citizenship; pregnant and parenting Latinas; accelerated ESOL; ESOL for Human Services for Haitians; English Innovations™ with computer instruction, job readiness and placement; ESOL
as part of organizing and leadership development; and more. All classes help immigrants – ranging from those who’ve never held a pencil to those with advanced degrees – access high quality English classes and enhance digital skills, preparing for today’s workforce.
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Archange Saintus emigrated to Boston from Haiti after the the horrific 2010 earthquake devastated his birth country. With limited English skills, his choices in Boston were also limited. He worked a variety of low-wage jobs at supermarkets at first. But having overcome many obstacles and having the drive to succeed, he attended English classes supported by English for New Bostonians at the Gardner Pilot Academy. Archange also applied for citizenship, and with his new English skills, passed the exam.He became a US citizen in 2016!
"English classes helped me continue my education," says Archange. He now
works as a Certified Nurse Assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center helping patients from every walk of life. Archange continues to improve his English with ESOL classes after work once a week, and is currently enrolled in an English writing class.
"I hope that I can be a licensed Registered Nurse in the future, so I keep learning. Without English, this would not be possible."