Adult education programs in Plainville and Berlin are offering free classes this month for prospective United States citizens.
Plainville classes meet Monday nights 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. through May 7 at Plainville High School. The program has an open enrollment with students allowed to join anytime.
“I expect more to attend,” said Jill O’Brien, coordinator of Plainville adult and continuing education.
The classes assist in oral and written citizenship tests and offer sample questions for reference. Students are provided with knowledge on American history, the U.S. Constitution, rights of citizens, as well as the structure and function of different branches of government.
O’Brien said the fall semester had five students enrolled. The spring semester started last week and one student attended.
In Berlin, Director of Adult Education Judy Michalski is hoping more people sign up for classes which begin Feb. 22.
“I think it’s a lack of awareness, it’s a major concern,” she said.
So far one person has enrolled for spring classes. Michalski said there were not enough interested participants to run classes the first semester.
The Berlin and Plainville classes have reported high success rates from instructors whose students take the naturalization exam for citizenship.
O’Brien said four students have reported back to the program since 2015 to share their success.
Michalski said Berlin has so far had all students who attend classes pass the test.
Berlin’s classes meet Thursday nights 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks at Berlin High School.
More information can be found by contacting Berlin and/or Plainville adult education programs.