CCA to Host Citizenship Ceremony

Oct. 5, 2018 – Aurora, CO – The Community College of Aurora is hosting a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center Building located at 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway in Aurora for 30 candidates who will take the Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens. 

Honored guests and speakers include Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven, Community College of Aurora president and Georgette Kapuku-Mabi, Colorado African Organization community navigator. Students from the Community College of Aurora Music Program will sing the national anthem. 

The 30 citizenship candidates originate from Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burma, Cameroon, Congo (Kinshasa), El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Iraq, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Phillipines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Korea and Venezuela. 

These citizenship candidates have attended a 10-week class to prepare them for the citizenship application and test, which also included English language instruction. The classes are funded by a grant from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in partnership with the Colorado African Organization and Lutheran Family Services-Rocky Mountains. CCA’s Community English as a Second Language (CESL) program has been providing ESL classes to the local community since 2003. The College began offering the citizenship program in January 2008 through its Center for Workforce Development. Classes are offered four times per year and participants pay a nominal fee to attend. 

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon foreign citizens or nationals after they fulfill the requirements established by Congress. Naturalized citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. citizens, including the right to vote.

Rob Mansheim, Community College of Aurora manager of marketing at 303-913-5282; or Debbie Cannon, USCIS public affairs officer, office: 720-852-6917; cell: 202-281-6615 or by e-mail at debbie.d.cannon@uscis.dhs.gov 

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