Making Connections

A group of adult ESL students get job applications from Maureen Finnigan, who owns the Troy Tim Hortons restaurants. Several employers were on hand at the symposium to talk about job openings.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Shaimaa Almadani and Shaimaa Kanawi listen to the introductions during the symposium. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Troy Continuing Education sponsored its first ESL Connections Symposium on Wednesday at the Niles Center. The goal was to bring together individuals and representatives within the community who provide some of the resources and services available to Troy adult English as a Second Language students.

Troy Schools Superintendent Rich Machesky laughs during a Fashion Do’s and Don’ts For Interviewing presentation at the ESL Connections Symposium. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Presenters included several area businesses offering job applications, school and community enrichment programs, service agencies for new arrivals and Chuck Roberts, of the Troy Fire Department, who explained key words to use — if English is your second language — when calling 911 about an emergency.

Officer John Julian greets the crowd in eight different languages and Jennifer Hilzinger talks about the Troy Multicutural Network.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Said Karol Jarvis, one of the event’s organizers, “Our hope is to enrich these students’ lives with a fuller sense of community awareness and help them become more successful as English-speaking adults within our community.”

Elise Bennett, from the DMC, hands out information packets and tissues as Chuck Roberts, from the Troy Fire Department, talks about how to communicate during an emergency. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)