Agali came to the United States in 1998. While he had no formal schooling in his home country of Niger, he knew that he needed to learn English if he wanted to be able to support his family in their new country. He enrolled in ESOL classes at GTCC but found that the learning environment was more suited to students who had previous school experience. His friend told him about Reading Connections, and he was eventually matched with his tutor Trisha Minnix.
Last fall, Agali came to class and told Trisha that he had registered for and paid to take the U.S. citizenship test. He only had a few months to prepare.
“He brought the book to class, handed it to me and said this is what I need to learn,” said Trisha. “I felt a slow panic.”