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Connecting Communities

Listing Last Update: January 12, 2019


2019 Porter St SW
Wyoming, MI 49519

Primary Contact

Crystal Bui

(616) 920-0284

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To learn English
  • To improve my technology skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

Program Overview

Connecting Communities is a wrap-around program designed to improve the economic well-being of individuals in the Asian community in West Michigan. The program has four components: English as a Second Language Classes (with a focus on vocational English, or VESL); U.S. citizenship test study classes; job placement and internships; and professional development. The key program is the ESL/VESL classes for recent immigrants, non-English speaking persons and people with limited resources. Our courses will be offered in different languages and are taught by volunteers with backgrounds in ESL and education.

Mission Statement

"Connecting Communities, Caring for Those in Need, Creating Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow."

Hours of operation: Saturdays: 9:30 am - 11:30 am; Sundays: 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Cost info: Most program events and services, such as VESL and ESL classes, are offered at no charge on a first come, first serve basis. Nominal cost of $50 for U.S citizenship study classes. Limited space available for programs. Costs subject to change.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"I am very happy to come to VESL class every day. I have learned and able to talk in English with simple sentences. I will learn more English and get citizenship. When I learn more English, I will be able to communicate with my children's teacher at school so that I know how their grades are and what they do at school." - Suk may Thapa

"I am always happy to come to class and learn more so I can communicate with my American friends. I will be able to communicate with my children's teacher and know their grade and what they have to do at home. When I learn English I will be able to get a better job, too. I will be able to get citizenship when I learn English." - Aiti Subba

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

The program serves Asian adults in Kent County who are currently working or seeking employment. The purpose of the program is to help clients develop job skills and garner knowledge to help clients improve their financial security and employment success. The majority of our clients are in their 30s and 40s, and come from the Vietnamese, Burmese, and Bhutanese communities in Kent County.

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