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Partnership with Luminus Supports Immigrant and First-Generation Students

September 28th, 2021

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has updated its partnership with the Luminus Network for New Americans to support immigrant students and their families. The partnership was formalized with an official partnership signing on Monday, September 27 at Wilde Lake High School, Columbia, Maryland.

The renewed partnership will strengthen the nearly two-decade relationship between HCPSS and Luminus, previously FIRN, to ensure that immigrant and first-generation students and their families have the information and resources needed for academic success. Leaders from both organizations will collaborate to create events and programs to increase families’ understanding of the American educational system, how to be actively involved in their child’s school, academics and class selection, and preparing for college.

“The road for immigrant and 1st generation students can be riddled with potholes and detours without the right support,” said Luminus Executive Director / CEO Mike Mitchell. “HCPSS has always sought to provide that support as has the Luminus Network for New Americans, but with today’s agreement, our collaboration means that road becomes more of a highway, ensuring access to information, support, and a deeper sense of belonging.”

“We value the rich mixture of cultures and talents that immigrant and first-generation students bring to our system and county, while also recognizing that our immigrant students and their families face unique sets of challenges,” said HCPSS Superintendent Michael J. Martirano. “I am thankful to have Luminus as a partner who understands these issues and works with us to meet the needs of our students and families.”

The partnership agreement was signed by Superintendent Michael J. Martirano, Luminus Executive Director / CEO Mike Mitchell and President Board of Directors Danielle Baron.

Luminus Network for New Americans is a Howard County nonprofit organization that helps New Americans access community resources and opportunities. Luminus provides immigration counseling and citizenship classes, interpreting & translation services, English tutoring, information and referrals, health promotion, and a variety of workshops.

The Howard County Public School System’s Partnerships Office has united schools with more than 1,000 businesses and community organizations to enhance the educational experience of Howard County students. Partnerships benefit schools, businesses and the entire community by leveraging the resources of all participants. Partners may commit human or financial resources or other support.