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Bory Kuoch, a Cambodian refugee who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1978, remembers the day that her GED® diploma arrived in the mail: “You don’t know how happy I was when I got my GED®! I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.”

From her early days in Philadelphia, Bory knew that learning English as a Second Language was critical to her success. She credits her teacher, Joseph Beech, at Oxford Circle Christian Development Center in Northeast Philadelphia, for guiding her.

Now Bory, proud owner of “The Perfect Front” multicultural beauty salon in Olney, is back at her studies. She’s enrolled in basic computer classes at Lillian Marrero Branch of the Free Library to learn the digital literacy skills she needs for her business—and to stay in touch with her family.

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