A program at Sequoia Plaza that helps adult immigrants learn English and adjust to life in the U.S. marks its 40th anniversary this year. REEP, the Arlington Education and Employment Program, will celebrate with an Open House on February 11 at its central location, Syphax Education Center.
REEP was started as a 90-day demonstration project to teach English to Southeast Asian refugees streaming into Northern Virginia following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. From that tentative beginning, the program has grown into a nationally-recognized language school that currently serves 1,000 learners per semester in classes at two main locations in South Arlington and at a number of local community centers. The program is part of Arlington Public Schools’ Office of Career, Technical and Adult education, but receives operating funds from Arlington County government (Department of Human Services), student tuition, and a number of smaller grants. The majority of students are Arlington residents who are working people with jobs ranging from child care and restaurant positions to embassy staff and entrepreneurs.
As part of the 40th anniversary celebration, REEP will hold an Open House on Thursday, February 11 at Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd.- across from the Department of Human Services offices. Visitors can come from 10 a.m. to 12 noon or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The snow date is Feb. 25.
For more information about the Open House or about REEP, visit the website, www.apsva.us/reep or call 703-228-4200.