Thursday, September 12, 2013

Breaking down barriers: Company partners with NSU to teach Karen workers a second language

A company with many immigrants in their workforce is partnering with NSU to teach English to their workers.   - - Donna Poisl

By Jeff Natalie-Lees

CORRECTION: Molded Fiber Glass continues to work with Cornerstone Career Learning Center for GED programs for all employees. That information was not included in this story.

A recent partnership between Molded Fiber Glass and Northern State University is attempting to make employees' lives better. An English as a second language class is being taught to Karen employees at the plant.

 Eh See Lao, who recently became a U.S. citizen and is a member of the class, says that improving his English is important.

 "English is used everywhere in America and in most of the world," he said. "If you know it, you get better jobs. If you don't understand what people are saying, that is not good for you."

 The Karen are an ethnic group from Myanmar who have immigrated to the United States and have come to Aberdeen to find jobs.
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