Government Officials, Business Leaders Join to Celebrate Vocational Training Graduation at CASA de Maryland

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Government Officials, Business Leaders Join to Celebrate Vocational Training Graduation at CASA de Maryland

Immigrant Workforce Development programs supported by public – private partnerships boast high graduation and earnings rates



WHERE:    Northwood High School – 919 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, MD 20901

WHEN:      Wednesday, March 26th 2014, 8:00 PM


Ike Leggett – Montgomery County Executive,

George Leventhal – Montgomery County Council,

Marc Elrich – Montgomery County Council,

Nancy Floreen – Montgomery County Council,

Cherri Branson – Montgomery County Council,

Scott Jensen – Maryland DLLR,

Karla Silvestre – Montgomery College,

Donna Rattley Washington, Comcast,

David Rosario, State Farm,

CASA de Maryland,

Hundreds of graduating student and employers

and more


Maryland – This Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Montgomery County Councilmembers, corporate leaders, and officials from local community colleges will celebrate the achievements of more than 150 immigrants as they graduate from a variety of vocational training classes.  They will be joined by over 300 adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Language) students who are working to improve their English language skills. The event will highlight the successes of public-private partnerships between CASA de Maryland, local government, and the business sector in investing in workforce training and economic development programs for immigrants.

CASA de Maryland’s vocational training classes are provided in partnership with CASA de Maryland, Montgomery College, and Prince George’s Community College.  The program is supported by a variety of public and private funders, and is complemented by programming in financial literacy and access, ESOL, job placement, and access to driver’s licenses in a comprehensive effort to increase economic success in low-income immigrant communities.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett as well as Councilmembers George Leventhal, Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, and Cherri Branson, will be in attendance and will address the students.  They will be joined by corporate leaders investing in these programs: Comcast will be announcing a grant to CASA to support a digital learning and vocational training program targeting immigrant youth, and State Farm will announce a grant to CASA to support an expansion of its financial literacy program.

“Comcast is delighted to support CASA de Maryland’s creation of new pathways to success for immigrant communities,” said Donna Rattley Washington, Comcast’s regional vice president of government and community affairs. “Closing the digital divide is a top priority for our company, and this grant from the Comcast Foundation will provide youth and young adults with an understanding of computer software, Internet resources and hardware skills that can be the cornerstone of an exciting career in today’s high-tech economy.”

“State Farm is committed to building safer, stronger and better educated communities,” said State Farm Agent David Rosario.  “CASA de Maryland’s programs teach important financial skills that will help families get to a better state, and State Farm is proud to help them with this effort.”

“A job with a just wage is the first step for immigrants who dream of achieving prosperity in the U.S. for themselves and their families. Effective job training is the key to that acquiring that job.  CASA’s vocational training programs provide the skills necessary to enable immigrant workers to compete and win the jobs that will open their futures,” said Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive.

Over the past year, CASA’s vocational training program has enrolled over 369 students in courses included Building Maintenance and Engineering, HVAC, Heating, Electrical, Child Development, Landscaping, Hospitality, Computer Repair, and business.  Ninety-five percent of graduates demonstrated learning gains according to pre and post testing.  A representative sample of graduates indicates that 87% of graduates were working three months after graduation, and of those who reported their earnings, 68% reported an increase in earnings after graduating.