In an article for Massachusetts Commonwealth Magazine, Sarah Betancourt describes how the Massachusetts population would be decreasing without the steady increase of immigrants. Betancourt writes that "Massachusetts experienced a 3 percent gain in population because the increases from international migration outpaced losses from domestic migration." Immigrants are essential to the Massachusetts economy accounting for population growth and "for nearly 80 percent of the labor force growth in the state since 1990."
Alumna, Tugba Yazici's art at Jones Library Art Gallery
From left to right: Peg Johnson, Tugba Yazici, Laurie Millman
Photographed above is our alumna, Tugba Yazici, in front of her art exhibit at the Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library in Amherst. On display are her portraits and wearable art. It is there now through February 28th.
January End-of-Semester Celebration
Students and staff from all morning classes and program sites came together to acknowledge students for working hard to learn English, setting and meeting goals, and, when appropriate, completing a class level. Students brought food from their countries.
Field trip to Greenfield Community College
Students and staff from all program sites visited Greenfield Community College and had a chance to meet with President Yves Salomon-Fernandez, who was very welcoming.
Direct Care Worker Graduation
Students celebrated their completion of the 60-hour Direct Care Worker training at Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School.
Meeting with Congressman Jim McGovern
In October, Congressman McGovern came to Center for New Americans to answer students' questions. Students asked about issues of immigration, labor, and public transportation. Congressman McGovern encouraged students to maintain a dialogue with him and contact his office whenever they have questions or concerns.