Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grad talks up value of Waukegan library’s Spanish GED program

This man learned English in this class and now he volunteers to teach others.  - - Donna Poisl

Yadira Sanchez Olson, For Sun-Times Media

As a chemical engineer in Mexico, Pedro Gomez had only one barrier that was keeping him from moving up in the field.

He didn’t speak English.

English is the universal language, he thought, so “where better to learn it than in the United States,” Gomez said.

With that in mind, he made a trip last year, from his native land of Michoacán — a western state in Mexico — to Waukegan, where a casual visit to the Waukegan Public Library has taken him in an unexpected path.
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