Montgomery College Staffer Named a White House Champion of Change New White House Web Site Highlights Champions with Video Testimonials

Nancy Newton, citizenship program director at Montgomery College, has been named a White House Champion of Change for working on immigrant integration in their local communities. A native of England, Newton has worked for more than 10 years on immigration issues, specifically in the fields of Adult ESOL and citizenship preparation, helping immigrants integrate into the community. The White House Office of Public Engagement hosted an event May 20 at the White House to honor those who are “Winning the Future” to further empower and inspire other members of their communities. At the event, agency representatives and White House Policy Offices participated in a discussion on amplifying the best practices learned in each area. Paired with the White House event, Newton is featured on the White House Champions of Change Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

“Being recognized for the work we do on a daily basis is a great honor,” Newton said. “Encouraging immigrants to integrate into the community can only have a positive effect and I believe one of my responsibilities as an educator is to provide them with guidance, support and the tools to do so.”

The Montgomery College Citizenship Program, funded by a Department of Homeland Security grant, developed a series of tasks designed to make students think beyond the naturalization interview and look at what it means to become a citizen of the United States. Through the program, students have volunteered in area soup kitchens and stream cleanups, attended town hall meetings and PTA meetings.

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