Grant from governor helps immigrants learn English

7:29 AM, Nov 19, 2013   |    comments
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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage has awarded $10,000 to a program in Lewiston designed to bolster English skills for immigrant families.

The Republican governor visited the B Street Community Center on Monday to talk to immigrants about the challenges they face and barriers they need help overcoming to secure employment.

Portland-based organization Learning Works is offering the program that LePage's donation will support.

The Sun Journal reports that $10,000 will come out of the governor's contingency fund.

The organization says that means the program will have $50,000, or enough to support English-language education for about 30 families and between 60 and 80 people.

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