Each year the Mexican Consulate of Dallas distributes grants to organizations specializing in services to the Mexican community here in North Texas. The program, titled IME BECAS, provides key funding to our adult literacy programs, in particular our Spanish Adult Basic Education program (ABE), Spanish GED programs, and English Fluency classes.
Many Mexican immigrants arrive in the United States without a high school education. This, coupled with low fluency in English and lack of understanding of the culture, make finding gainful employment difficult for many. The Mexican consulate's Plaza Comunitaria program, adopted by Aberg Center for Literacy in the Fall of 2015, allows students without a primary school or secondary school education to earn that in their native language. The Spanish GED program, long a staple at Aberg Center, remains a crucial option for students seeking a high school diploma but lacking the fluency or confidence to take the test in English.
The Spanish ABE program also helps students who want to learn English but have a low literacy level in their native language. A student who is illiterate in Spanish is unlikely to have the base skills necessary to successfully learn English and generally struggle to improve. In these cases, students are encouraged to enter the Spanish ABE program prior to entrance into English Fluency classes. Once a student has adequately raised their literacy level in their own language they are able to enroll in English classes with the confidence and basic skills necessary to succeed.
Together, these programs, supported by IME BECAS, provide a vital piece of the literacy puzzle that English programs fail to adequately address.