Next STEP English program recognized by state for most students sent to college

This year's winners of $1,000 college scholarships from First Literacy at the awards ceremony at Boston City Hall in July. Peggie Kuang (red shirt in far right), AACA Next STEP student, was among the scholarship winners. (Photo courtesy of First Literacy)

For the second year in a row, the Next Steps Transitional English Program (Next STEP) of the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) has sent more adults to college than any other community-based adult basic education program funded by the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). DESE released fiscal year 2014 statistics on adults who enrolled in college after studying in adult English language learning programs. AACA had the highest number of students entering secondary education among community-based organizations in Massachusetts. Next STEP was created in January 1993 to bridge the gap between basic English classes in greater Boston’s … Continue reading

Federal grants allow Chinatown organizations to help close opportunity gap for Boston residents

Community organizations in Chinatown received funding to to support workforce training, education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, adult literacy and social services. In July 2014, Boston Mayor Marty. Walsh announced that the City of Boston’s Office of Jobs and Community Services will provide  more than $7 million a variety of sources federal community development block grants (CDBG) to close the opportunity gap for adults and youth across Boston. “We’re a city that consistently achieves at the highest of levels, but we cannot afford to be satisfied until all of our residents have a chance to create a … Continue reading

Adult education program celebrates 20 years of success

(左到右)何思遠、凌日文、高理查(華美福利會『下一步』教育總監)、
Suzanne Speciale(麻州初等和中等教育部)和Tam Pham在『下一步 』的二十週年慶。圖片有黃靈美提供。

The AACA’s Next Steps Transitional English Program celebrated its 20th anniversary on Jan. 17. Current and former students shared their experiences in America, while teachers congratulated them on their success. Continue reading

How to combat winter blues

Seasonal affective disorder is a specific form of depression that only occurs during a certain time of the year. In rare cases, this can actually be the summertime, but for most people, it occurs in the winter months. Similar to regular depression, it tends to arise during the teenage years and early adulthood, especially for women. Continue reading

AACA College Day Promotes College Education in Immigrant Communities

College Rep. from Lesley University answering students' inquiries

The Second Annual College Day organized by the Asian American Civic Association Youth Council on Sept. 30 hosted 38 colleges from around Massachusetts and attracted over 150 students and parents.

A sequel to a similar event last year, the College Day aimed at providing an opportunity for immigrant families to learn more about college admission process and financial aid application. The event also geared toward adult learners this year. Continue reading