English for Young Professionals Program held Awards Ceremonies in Bishkek and Osh on December 18 and 19 respectively. The Program, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, provided mid-career professionals including government officials and journalists with the opportunity to increase their English language proficiency by attending free of charge classes during the year of 2019. The Awards Ceremonies marked the end of the 2019 academic year. About 300 graduates of the Program in Bishkek and about 200 graduates in Osh received their certificates. Nicole Holler, Cultural Affairs Officer, and John Silver, Regional English Language Officer, attended the Awards Ceremony in Bishkek. Brian Stimmler, Deputy Chief of Mission, and John Silver, Regional English Language Officer, attended the Awards Ceremony in Osh. Among the guests of the ceremonies were representatives of governmental organizations whose employees study English in the program. In their welcome speeches, they emphasized the importance of good English language skills for their workplace and thanked the U.S. Embassy for the opportunity provided.