AACA celebrates three graduations

The AACA Next Steps Transitional English Program celebrated graduation at Tufts University on Dec. 15. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The Asian American Civic Association celebrated graduation for three programs. The Next Steps Transitional English Program (Next STEP) held a graduation at Tufts University’s medical campus on Dec. 15, while the Careers in Banking and Finance (CBF) program had graduation at AACA. The New Roots to Employment program had a graduation Dec. 21 at AACA.

“We are very proud of your hard work, as you continue to your next step of learning,” said Shinobu Ando, AACA Next STEP director. “We also appreciate our higher education partners for their collaboration through tours, class presentations and working with AACA staff to prepare students for college and training.”

A total of 11 out of 14 CBF graduates were hired before graduation. They will work at Bank of America, East Boston Savings Bank, Santander Bank, Blue Hills Bank, Members Plus Credit Union and Metro Credit Union. Employment partners included Eastern Bank, Citizens Bank and Berkshire Bank.

AACA offers 10 levels of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). First Steps covers levels one to five of the basics, while Next STEP, or levels six to 10, enables students learn the skills necessary to enter college or job training.

The CBF program offers 15 weeks of training for the banking and financial services industry.

The New Roots ESOL program blends distance learning, classroom instruction and job search activities to meet the educational and employment needs of immigrants with college degrees and professional backgrounds so they can reclaim their careers.

The Careers in Banking and Finance program celebrated graduation at AACA on Dec. 15. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The New Roots to Employment program celebrated graduation Dec. 21 at AACA. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

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Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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