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10/30/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Hmong Cultural Center's El/Civics Classes Make Field Trip to MN State Capitol

From Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD

Hmong Cultural Center's EL/Civics class at the Minnesota state capitol. (Courtesy of Hmong Cultural Center)
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 MN House chambers, the MN 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 M-F from 10 - 2 PM and M,T, TH, F from 4-6 PM. 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, Microsoft Word and e-mail tasks

• Students develop a basic personal resume

• Students 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.

• Students learn 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.

About Hmong Cultural Center

About Hmong Cultural Center: Founded in 1992, Hmong Cultural Center's mission is to promote the personal development of children, youth, and adults through cultural education while providing resources that enhance cross-cultural awareness and understanding between Hmong and non-Hmong persons. In early 2012, HCC earned "Meets Standards" Status from the Charities Review Council. Hmong Cultural Center is currently the only Hmong organization in Minnesota to have this status. The center's website is at www.hmongcc.org/.

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