Las Cruces Public Schools completed another successful semester of language classes for parents and community members through the district’s Language Academy. Graduation ceremonies took place Dec. 12 and 13 at three district schools.

The program offers free language classes for community members and parents who have children that attend LCPS. The Language Academy offers face-to-face classes that include: English I, II, & III, Spanish I & II, Computer I & II and a GED course in Spanish. Course instruction includes language labs utilizing Rosetta Stone.

Erika Thompson, Dr. Roberto Lozano Chief of Equity, Innovation & Social Justice, Paige Thompson, Dona Ana Elementary Principal Cherie Love

At this semester’s three graduation ceremonies, held at CrossRoads, Picacho Middle School, and Doña Ana Elementary, 106 participants received diplomas of completion from the program. The certificates were presented by CrossRoads Principal Andres Armijo and LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing. The program concluded with a celebratory posada for all participants, as well as a special recognition ceremony for all community members who have completed their required coursework.

“The program is most beneficial to community members who are limited English language speakers, and affords opportunities for our citizens to obtain successful job skills which are necessary to succeed,” Principal Andres Armijo stated.

Dr. Roberto Lozano Associate Superintendent of Equity, Innovation & Social Justice, Nicolasa Garcia, Dona Ana Elementary Principal Cherie Love.

Staff and participants gathered in celebration of success and were thankful for the opportunity provided by the school district, Armijo said.

Many classes take place in the evening hours, and the program provides free child care for families so that participants can focus on their coursework. The program also offers instructors and language software programs to help participants become proficient in the language of their choice.

Dr. Roberto Lozano Associate Superintendent of Equity, Innovation & Social Justice, Elizabeth Martinez & Dona Ana Elementary Principal Cherie Love.

“It is highly commendable that our division of Equity, Innovation and Social Justice provides this opportunity to the public, and I am honored to present completion diplomas to our community members,” Ewing stated.

The programs are offered in three locations within the school district to support proximity needs of the community. Currently, Language Academy classes are offered at CrossRoads, Picacho Middle School and Doña Ana Elementary. The district hopes to expand locations in the near future to broaden access to more participants across the city.

The district is thankful for all staff members who are dedicated to the evening programs, Ewing said.

2018 Graduation Posada at CrossRoads.

Classes for the new semester will begin on Jan. 15, 2019 at Picacho Middle School, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Classes will also be held at Doña Ana Elementary School every Tuesday beginning Jan. 15, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Additionally, courses will be offered at Crossroads every Monday and Wednesday beginning January 14, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Community members and parents with children in LCPS who are interested in joining the program may fill out a registration form, available at any of the schools offering the courses, or contact Aldo Lopez at 575-288-5099 or alopez@lcps.net or Martha Granillo at mgranillosalcido@lcps.net.

— Samantha Lewis, LCPS Public Relations Coordinator, 575-527-5946, slewis@lcps.net