Each year in the United States, over 1,000,000 immigrants are admitted into our country. And included in that number are tens-of-thousands of refugees who are granted entry into the United States due to intense conflict or persecution in their home country. Once they arrive in the U.S., they work with a resettlement agency to find safe and affordable housing, register their kids for school, apply for a social security number, and find English language training.
Partnership with DMACC
Walnut Creek Church is excited to announce that we are officially partnering with the Des Moines Area Community College to begin offering English Classes and High School Equivalency Test classes, and eventually Citizenship Classes. The first classes begin October 23 at Walnut Creek Downtown.
With the impending move of Iowa Workforce Development from near the Capitol to Army Post Road, DMACC wanted to ensure access was readily available to their students who currently attend Downtown. Walnut Creek is just blocks away so it will make for a smooth transition for students, and our classroom space allows for expansion of DMACC’s existing programming.
“We are grateful to Walnut Creek for opening up its facility for our HiSET and ESL students and look for this program to grow considerably in the future,” said Eric Sundermeyer, Associate Director of Adult Education and Literacy with DMACC. “It is a perfect location, and they have been the perfect partner in helping this become a reality for our downtown population.”
“People from around the world will be in our building Monday through Thursday. This is an amazing answer to prayer, and we’re humbled by the opportunity that we have in front of us to love our new neighbors,” stated Matt Crummy, Welcome Ministries Director at Walnut Creek Church.
Matt Crummy / 515-418-9994 ext. 700