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Congratulations! Carlos Rosario School Class of 2013

July 9, 2013
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With GEDs in hand, women and men from all around the world continue to craft their lives in America. Students at Carlos Rosario hail from as many as 78 countries speaking more than 35 languages.

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region would like to extend congratulations to the recent graduating class at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, a grantee partner that has shown remarkable innovation and success in their workforce development programs. Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School is a Walmart Washington@Work grant recipient (a workforce development initiative created through The Community Foundation’s partnership with Walmart Foundation, which invests in preparing D.C. residents for jobs in the customer service and retail sectors). They have used their awarded $250,000 in grant money to expand their services and curriculum, providing their students greater advantages as they enter the workforce.

Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School has gone from a small grassroots English as a Second Language program to a comprehensive adult education program recognized nationally and internationally as a successful model for advancing citizens, immigrants, families, and communities. Working closely with the community, they prepare the diverse adult populations of Washington, D.C. to become invested, employed, productive citizens, and members of American society.

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Pamkey Assomou displays his certificate of completion from Carlos Rosario’s Nurse Aide training program.

This academic year, the Carlos Rosario School celebrated the graduation of over 350 students who received certificates in numerous fields such as: customer service, IT training, culinary arts, and healthcare. Accolades were given to students who graduated with the completion of the highest-level English language courses, as well as those who received GEDs, and passed the U.S. Naturalization Test (to earn citizenship) through the help of preparatory classes offered at the school.

The Carlos Rosario School is an institution dedicated to providing a warm and welcoming environment for teachers and students and is known for sending out graduates amply prepared into the workforce. Because of this, the demand for enrollment into the charter school is very high. Every year, the number of applicants far surpasses the available spaces – sometimes leaving over 1,000 applicants on the school’s waiting list.

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Sonia Gutierrez and City Councilman Jim Graham present Daniela Moreira with one of nine scholarship checks awarded to her to continue her studies at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.

These growing pains have prompted the school to expand its operations to a new campus. Named after Sonia Gutierrez, the school’s founder and dedicated president – the new state-of-the-art campus will be located at 514 V street North East, near the Rhode Island Metro Station. Along with the new facilities will come a host of new programs and the much-needed space to extend their services to recent and longtime residents alike.

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