A New Class of U.S.-sponsored English Access Graduates

Amman – On June 23, 440 public school students graduated from the English Access Microscholarship Program and received their certificates from U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Stephanie T. Williams.  The Access program provides English language skills for talented teenagers from economically disadvantaged sectors.  After completing two years of after-school classes and intensive sessions, the participants’ improved English language skills will lead to better jobs and educational opportunities.

In addressing the students, Ms. Williams encouraged them, saying, “Every one of you will seek a path to fulfill your goals.  We know that many of you want to help in the development of your country and to bring opportunities to your communities.  We hope that Access has helped you take one step along that path.”

The graduates acknowledged the program’s impact, noting: “The Access program was full of challenges and new experiences.  This program taught us how to read, write, listen, and how to learn English grammar in simple ways.  It also corrected our thoughts about America.  It was truly nice to learn about the American culture and to communicate with different kinds of people and learn from them.”  Another graduate stressed the importance of the English language education, stating, “Nowadays English is an employment requirement — perhaps, even the most important.  Without it a lot of companies can’t accept you.  These days the language is as important as a college diploma, so the Access program has ensured me a good future.”

The English Access Microscholarship Program is a U.S. Department of State program that, since it began in 2004, has benefited approximately 95,000 students in more than 85 countries, including more than 3,000 Jordanians.