ST. PAUL — On October 17, 2013, Hmong Cultural Center’s EL/Civics classes made a field trip to the Minnesota State Capitol to learn about Minnesota history and government. The center’s EL/Civics students received a tour of the capitol and learned about the building’s history as well as the meaning and significance of several important artworks in the building.
A particular highlight of the visit for students was a tour of the Minnesota Senate chambers led by MN Senator Foung Hawj who represents District 67 on Saint Paul’s East Side. Senator Hawj spoke to the EL/Civics class about the legislative process in Minnesota, the different branches of Minnesota government, and how constituents can make their voices heard to local, state and federal officials on issues of importance. Senator Hawj also showed the students the House and Supreme Court chambers, one of the legislative hearing rooms and his offices in the Capitol building.
The Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul is currently accepting enrollments for free Work/Civics-focused English classes for adult English learners. The classes are offered weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and M,T, TH, F from 4 to 6 p.m. The Work/Civics English Classes at Hmong Cultural Center focus on the following concepts intended to familiarize students with the workplace and civic engagement in Minnesota:
Students develop competency in basic keyboarding and Microsoft Word and e-mail tasks. Students develop a basic personal resume, learn the difference between “soft” and “hard” job interviewing skills and the importance of each to a successful job interview.
Students develop knowledge of high-demand entry level positions in the Twin Cities area and about physical and online resources to access information about job openings. Students learn about a range of concepts pertaining to civic participation in the Twin Cities area, Minnesota and the U.S. and will take educational field trips to the Minnesota History Center and the Minnesota Capitol.
This initiative is funded in part with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal Adult Literacy and Family Education funds.
Hmong Cultural Center also provides Citizenship classes and basic English classes for Adult learners. Call Hmong Cultural Center at 651-917-9937 or stop by the center at 995 University Avenue, Suite 214 in St. Paul for more information about enrolling in these free classes. www.hmongcc.org