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Project SHINE

Our Community Partners

The Adult Learning Center at The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees

309 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: (315) 738-1083
Fax: (315) 738-1168
Website: www.mvrcr.org

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The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) resettles refugees from around the world in the Utica area.  MVRCR seeks to teach refugees practical life skills and enhance their ability to integrate into society. They offer services to help immigrants and refugees adapt to their new neighborhood.  These services include Resettlement, Immigration and Naturalization, English as a Second Language and Employment.

The Adult Learning Center at MVRCR provides English education to immigrants and refugees in the Utica area.  The Center has ten ESOL classrooms at varying levels, which are staffed by experienced ESOL teachers from the Utica City School District.  Project SHINE coaches assist these classrooms throughout the semester.  Coaches provide a valuable service by offering individualized attention to learners.  Coaches work on a variety of topics ranging from beginning English (alphabet and phonics) to more advanced writing and speaking.


BOCES Utica Acess Site

508 Second Street
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: (315) 738-7300
Website: www.moboces.org

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BOCES is a statewide organization that allows school districts to pool resources to provide special services. BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education educates and trains adults and prepares them for the future. BOCES offers basic English classes to refugees and immigrants.  

Carola teaches well-attended classes five days a week in the morning and afternoon. Bob teaches an evening class three days a week. Both afford coaches the opportunity to work one-on-one or with a small groups of learners.


Newcomer Program with the Office for New Americans

309 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: (315) 738-1083
Fax: (315) 738-1168

The Newcomer Program serves refugees and immigrants who are between the ages of 17-21 years old who may no longer be eligible to enroll in a regular high school program and are not quite old enough to participate in the courses provided by the Adult Learning Center.  In addition to offering English class, the Newcomer Program is dedicated to teaching academic courses that help students obtain their GED.  Coaches spend time working with small groups of students or in the classroom supporting a lesson.



 

Cupola