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The College and Career Readiness (CCR) program at Surry Community College is now offering a course to prepare students with resources, direction, and skills necessary for the process of applying for U.S. citizenship.

Jennifer Pardue, Director of CCR and Human Resources Development at SCC says, “I am glad we are able to offer this class as a wonderful resource for the communities of Surry and Yadkin counties.”

The flexible schedule is structured on an open-entry, open-exit basis to meet the customized needs of individuals. The course is available on the Dobson campus, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m. All classes are free.

Enrolled students will receive instruction to improve literary and mathematical skills, which will assist them in obtaining their High School Equivalency diploma through the GED or HiSET. The class also prepares participants for desired employment opportunities or post-secondary education, and equips those interested in applying for U.S. citizenship with the resources and guidance required to pass the U.S. Citizenship Test.

Pardue explains that the class design allows students to receive instruction to prepare for the High School Equivalency program, as well as English as a second language.

“The citizenship component will pair nicely with the social studies curriculum that is already being taught in the program,” she said.

Documentation of enrollment to meet Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requirements is provided upon completion of a minimum of 70 hours of active student participation.

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