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Bowling Green to open Academy for New Americans

10.6% of city population is foreign-born

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2015) — The City of Bowling Green is accepting applications for its inaugural Academy for New Americans. The program will be launched in February 2016.

The first ever in Kentucky, the Academy for New Americans is a free leadership-training program. The intent is to empower new citizens with information about city government and encourage participation. The program also provides tools necessary to navigate city services, community information and resources in order to become key stakeholders in assisting their respective ethnic communities and neighborhoods.

bowlingBowling Green’s foreign-born population is 10.6 percent, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Warren County’s foreign-born population is 7.6 percent, the second highest in Kentucky behind Fayette County (8.9 percent), according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The Academy for New Americans will be led by the International Communities Liaison Office (ICL) in the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. The city will run one academy per year with five sessions from February through June consisting of day long sessions held once a month, on the third Thursday of every month.

The pilot class will be limited to 10–15 participants. Applications are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis pending that all application requirements are met. Consideration to equal representation to diverse ethnic communities will be given when selecting applicants. There is no cost to participants to attend; however, all applicants must be committed to at least four of the five month sessions.

The deadline to submit applications is Nov. 13. For more information, visit the website.