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Training Futures Celebrates Graduation of 21st Consecutive Round of Participants

March 27, 2013

Training Futures, a program run in partnership with Northern Virginia Family Services (a grantee of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region), and the Northern Virginia Community College system celebrated the graduation of its 21st consecutive round of participants at a ceremony at the Gannett Corporation headquarters in Tysons Corner this March.

The program, which prepares low-income, unemployed, or under paid individuals to make the move from dead-end jobs or sporadic employment to stable, professional office careers which provide livable wages, benefits, and provides them with opportunities for professional and personal advancement. Training Futures was launched in 1996 and has since trained over 1,500 people from diverse backgrounds and experience.

The Community Foundation has been a major funder of the Training Futures program since 2005. Currently, the Foundation’s Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative is supporting the program’s ability to provide services to nearly 250 individuals through 2014. As a grantee of the Workforce Collaborative’s Accelerating Advancement Initiative, Training Futures is working alongside a group of five grantees across the Washington region to help an estimated 500 unemployed, under-employed, and low-income residents of the metropolitan Washington region earn post-secondary credentials and launch careers in key industries.

Graduate Nawal Kissim was introduced to the Training Futures program through a friend who completed the program several cycles ago. “Not only was I able to gain office skills and work experience, I also earned 21 college credits which has put me very close to finishing my Bachelors degree.” Nawal was able to quickly secure a job upon graduation from Training Futures and is now working full-time.

Like Nawal, over 89% of Training Futures graduates have secured full time employment in an office environment. The employment rate of graduates meets and exceeds those of many other programs, helping to make Training Futures a nationally-recognized program paying big dividends for its participants.

Graduate Sevil Atayeva, is an immigrant from Azerbaijan, and came to the United States in 2011 in hopes to better the lives of her children. Sevil spoke at the graduation ceremony and shared “After coming to the United States two years ago I never thought I would be the first in my family to be graduating with an American certificate.” In Sevil’s home country of Azerbaijan, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics and worked for many years as a math teacher and tutor. Securing a job as a newcomer in America was difficult for her and enrolling in the Training Futures program has given her the push she needs to dive into the American workforce.

Training Futures has proven to be highly effective not only in helping students improve their skillset, but in the building of strong relationships between teachers and students, which contributes to the success of the program.

Graduate Sherri Gilstrap shared that, “Training Futures seems to make a huge impact on everyone who completes the program, not just through the educational part of the program but also through the bonds we’ve made with our classmates and trainers.”

For more information on Training Futures, you can visit

And for more information on how you can get involved with the Community Foundation’s work to connect local residents with skills and employment, contact Benton Murphy, Senior Philanthropic Services Officer, at 202-263-4765 or


One Comment leave one →
  1. Lilian permalink
    April 2, 2013 10:26 am

    Congratulation guys. No pain no gain. Now, go ahead.

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