Armida came to us in January of 2008 as an English as a Second Language (ESL) learner. She was very dedicated to improving her English-speaking skills, recognizing that she needed increased communication skills in order to qualify for job promotions. Even though she was working over 60 hours a week, she found time to meet with her tutor twice a week.
After progressing through our ESL program, she told us in 2013 about her hopes of becoming an American citizen. Within a week of her inquiry, a citizenship curriculum was individualized for Armida. She immersed herself in the curriculum with the guidance of her tutor. Within 6 months, she sent in her application and began patiently waiting for her chance to become a U.S. citizen.
Armida was scheduled for her citizenship test in March 2013. She impressed her test proctors with her knowledge, and informed her that she passed her exam. Her test day ended with a celebration after she, and others, said the Oath of Allegiance and were officially granted U.S. citizenship.
Armida is not done though. She has already come back to us wanting help preparing her for the high school diploma equivalency exam.
Our volunteer spotlight features a group of Halliburton employees who volunteered their time in designing and creating the new website, logo and color scheme, as well as inputting content. In no particular order, they are: Rob Atherton, Gisselle Piller, Jason Hardin, Richard Ruiz, Mike Schwall, and Josie Rosa. The previous website was sufficient for conveying organizational information. However, we knew that a website could do more than that—our goal became to engage each person and offer them an experience as they navigate through our website. There was a gap between that idea and seeing it created. In stepped this team of highly talented professionals who were able to seamlessly navigate the process of turning an idea into a phenomenal product. To this team, from all of us here at LCNM, we thank you for your creativity, your passion to volunteer, and your support of our mission as we continue to spread awareness about adult literacy. Thank You.