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Greater Bergen Introduces ESL and Citizenship Program: Preparation for Naturalization & Integration

Hackensack, NJ – Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc. (GBCA), Bergen County’s federally-designated anti-poverty Agency, which in recent years expanded to provide services in the cities of Paterson, Jersey City and Passaic, announces its free English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship Program in partnership with Northeast New Jersey Legal Services. The program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Citizenship, assists English learners eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship.

As a segment of GBCA’s “immigration to integration” focused work, the 10-week program prepares students for adaption into life as an American citizen, both for and beyond the naturalization process. Students of the program will learn U.S. civics while sharpening their ability to speak, read and write in English, which will not only prepare them for the Naturalization application and interview, but also ease the transition thereafter.

The program offers convenient evening classes from 6pm-8pm in the following locations:

· Garfield,NJ

541 Midland Avenue, Garfield, NJ 07026

Mondays and Wednesdays

· Hackensack, NJ

392 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Tuesdays and Thursdays

To register for the ESL and Citizenship Program and for more information, please contact Figen Tabakci at 973-685-0005 extension 7060 or email


Bergen Community Action (GBCA) is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, Greater Bergen is part of a nationwide network of poverty-fighting enterprises which were established as part of the nation’s effort to address the intractable and persistent problem of poverty in America. For more information about GBCA, go to


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