Three years ago, Oscar Perez-Ocampo came to the U.S. from Mexico seeking better job opportunities in order to support his wife and children. While his family remained in Mexico, Oscar settled in Siler City, went to work and began to study English.
Oscar enrolled in Chatham Literacy’s ESL program and has been making great progress. “I am in this country now and I want to speak English,” said Oscar, who is 42.
He has improved to the point where he is now co-tutor of a beginner ESL class.
Oscar also wanted to enhance his education. With only nine years of schooling in Mexico, Oscar started GED classes. “It had been years since I studied math and science, so these subjects were hard for me,” Oscar said. But after only one year of study, Oscar passed his GED test on the first try.
“People think they don’t have time to do this, but I know better,” said Oscar. “I am proud of what I have accomplished, but it is not enough. I want to do more.”