Baltimore City Community College has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to receive a $91,798 grant for its citizenship preparation program, which it operates at locations throughout the state. The program provides students the civics knowledge and English language skills needed to pass the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization review and offers courses at all proficiency levels.
During the grant awards ceremony Sept. 17, BCCC was recognized by Alejandro (Ali) Mayorkas, director of USCIS. Only BCCC and Montgomery College were awarded these highly competitive grant funds in Maryland.
The Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program is offered through the Office of Citizenship within USCIS, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security. The grant provides federal funding to eligible organizations to promote the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. In total, a competitive grants fund of approximately $4,500,000 will support the expansion of citizenship services in communities nationwide.
“This grant underscores the great need for citizenship preparation services throughout our state, particularly given the role of Baltimore City as a busy refugee resettlement and immigration center,” said Gail Mogol, coordinator of the BCCC program. “We are proud to exert a major presence statewide in citizenship preparation and be recognized as such by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.”
According to the grant, program activities carried out under this funding shall focus on promoting the rights and responsibilities of citizenship through education and naturalization preparation programs for legal permanent residents (LPRs). The programs must include a citizenship education component or civics-focused English as a Second Language instruction and citizenship instruction (U.S. history and government) to prepare LPRs for the civics, English reading, writing, and speaking components of the naturalization test.
For more information, visit the Citizenship page on the BCCC Web site, or contact either the English as a Second Language office, 410-986-5430, or Citizenship Program office located at Reisterstown Plaza Center, 410-580-2756.