Cung Thang of Woods Cross is one such example.
The Myanmir (Burma) native left his troubled homeland at the age of 15 with his two siblings, spent 18 months in Malaysia, and the trio was able to come to the U.S. and Utah.
“I wanted to come to the U.S. with my brother and sister,” Thang, who has now been here 2 1/2 years, said.
“I didn’t speak any English,” he said rather fluently. He wanted to earn his high school diploma and also study in the United Auto Workers auto body program, which he is due to start Nov. 8.