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Nonprofit offering citizenship classes

Sep 01, 2017

WASHINGTON, Iowa (GTNS) — A local nonprofit group is offering citizenship courses at Kirkwood and the Washington Public Library beginning next month.

Administrators at Kirkwood reached out to several groups in the Washington area, including Latinos for Washington, about offering something like this, Latinos for Washington member Jackie Amigon said. Kirkwood offers English as a Second Language for free, but was looking for ways to make the program more effective.

“It was not being used,” Amigon said, “so we made some suggestions and I suggested some U.S. citizenship classes.”

“We have a big enough community that it’s needed or else they’d have to go elsewhere,” added Latinos for Washington member Sonia Leyva. “This will be for anybody looking to get their U.S. citizenship.”

There are two classes being offered in Washington. The first is an eight-week course starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 that will meet at Kirkwood in Washington until Nov. 2.

The second is a four-week course starting Sept. 11. Class meets 6-7:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Washington Public Library until Oct. 4.

A retired professor from Keota will be helping with the courses and will teach them in Spanish, but will not offer any legal advice to people taking the class.

“We are not immigration officers,” Amigon said, “so we are asking everyone that comes to these classes — if they have questions about requirements, those questions need to be addressed by their attorney.”

If the people meet certain requirements, they can take the U.S. citizenship test in Spanish, Amigon said.

Leyva and Amigon hope the courses become an annual thing in Washington.

For information, email latinosforwashingtonicn@gmail.com or call 319-241-0502.

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