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Career & Technical School News

From Yemen to Capital Region BOCES: An adult looks for a new life


Immigrant is learning English in the BOCES adult education program


BassamBassam Moqbel found his way to Albany in 2016 after immigrating from war-torn Yemen the year prior. After a brief stop in Miami, he moved to Albany in June, 2016 where he works in a factory.

With little understanding of the English language and nearly all of his loved ones back in his home country, it's a difficult task to start a new life. That's why he turned to the Capital Region BOCES Adult Education Program where is enrolled in the English as a New Language Program.

"I like it. BOCES helps people learn and get a job," said the 37-year-old Troy resident, "and integrate into the community."

The free English as New Language (ENL) class Almoqbel is enrolled in offers self-paced, individualized lessons to help students improve English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The classes are open to students age 21 year or older and likewise are offered at various locations across the region.

Capital Region BOCES Vocational Case Manager Tarin Bready said Almoqbel is learning the language at a decent pace but currently "does better at speaking than writing."

"Bassam works a lot of hours when he is not studying and /or going to physical therapy due to injuries he sustained in a car crash during the winter. Even though he has been through so much, Bassam looks to continually improve himself and his circumstances," Bready said.

Almoqbel said he expects the class to the next step in his life — building a career.

"I want to do many things in my life.  Continue my education and do business administration or photography. Taking pictures is one of the things I love doing in my life," he said.

Once he completes the program, pursuing further education and building that career will be an easy next step, Bready said.

"BOCES has been very good to me. It helps me in life my life here," Almoqbel said.



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