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U.S. Consulate launches English language skills program in Vizag


United States Consulate General, Hyderabad launched the English Access Microscholarship Program (known as the “Access Program”) at St. Joseph’s College for Women here on Friday. The two-year program will provide 50 women with valuable English language skills. The Access Program, funded by the U.S. government, is implemented by the U.S. Consulate and Regional English Language (U.S. Embassy, New Delhi) through a grant agreement with the college.

A total of 50 women (two classes of 25 students each) will learn English through classroom and extension activities from specially trained local teachers. The program will help the students strengthen their communication and language skills to reach their goals of higher studies or job prospects. The students will be taught virtual classes until it becomes safe to resume in-person classes.

Speaking at the modest launch ceremony, U.S. Consulate Public Aairs Ocer David Moyer said: “We are delighted to partner with St. Joseph’s College on this important program that will support these women in achieving their future goals. We are confident that by the end of this program, you will strengthen your English proficiency and gain confidence for the next steps in your education or careers.” To mark the launch, he presented certificates of participation to the students.

The English Access Micro scholarship Program provides a foundation of English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged students, primarily between the ages of 13 to 20, in their home countries. The objective of the program is to provide English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects, according to a release.

Since its inception in 2004, approximately 150,000 students from over 80 countries have participated in the program. Sister Shyji PD, Principal of St. Joseph’s College for Women, and Sister Anita, coordinator of the program, participated in the launch.

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