After three years in the United States, Nadia Boukris is ready to become a citizen.
And she plans on doing so by taking advantage of a new program to prepare her for the American citizenship exam and process.
Boukris, 35, immigrated from Algeria three years ago with her family. The Anaheim resident began taking English classes at an adult school, but later enrolled at Coastline Community College, where her English has seen a dramatic shift for the better, she said.
On Nov. 4, she plans to start the new Bridge to Citizenship program at Coastline's Westminster campus. The 12-week program is free to students who apply, and the goal is to learn about U.S. history, fill out the N-400 application form and practice answering the most frequent questions that might be asked during the exam portion of the process, said Linda Kuntzman, director of the English as a Second Language Department at Coastline.