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Meet Mario, Most Outstanding Adult Ed Student

Mario moved to the United States from Mexico in 1991, looking to support his family. At 20-years-old, he had just arrived in Washington, DC when he enrolled at the Carlos Rosario School. He took one semester of English, and got the basics of the language. Coming here, he says, “was difficult at first, I had… Read more »

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Civil Rights Learning Outside the Classroom

In February during the Carlos Rosario School’s Black History Month celebration, immigrant adult learners watched as ESL students from Asia, Latin America and Africa reenacted the WoolWorth’s lunch counter protest, an event that put another crack in the firm grip of segregation in the south. Students were mock roughed up and knocked down on stage… Read more »

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Celebrating Black History Month

Student talent shined bright at this year’s Black History Festival, which topped off a month of activities celebrating African heritage. The two-hour celebration included singing, dancing, theater, poetry and an essay reading. Audience members at the festival were wowed by IT Fundamentals student Isaac Abel, originally from Equatorial Guinea. Isaac sang an original composition celebrating… Read more »

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Helping Immigrants Find Affordable Healthcare

For a third successful year, the Carlos Rosario School has served as a One Stop Enrollment Center where people from D.C.’s immigrant communities can come to learn about important health information and enroll in healthcare plans. Through a partnership with DC Health Link and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, health navigators meet with… Read more »

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Martin Luther King Day of Service

The Carlos Rosario School commemorated Martin Luther King Day this year with a student government-organized Day of Service event. Thirty-seven students, volunteers, teachers, staff and their families gathered on the chilly Monday morning to clean up a trash-filled stretch of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which runs just behind the Sonia Gutierrez Campus. Student government representative… Read more »

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Class Offerings Continue Expanding

Students at the Carlos Rosario School started the new semester with three new class options. The classes focus on specific skills that students can use in the workplace and their lives. The Math for Life and Work class was created with the goal of increasing students’ numeracy, said teacher Kristine Stoesz. This course will prepare… Read more »

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Meet Julia

Julia left high school in her home country of Cameroon because her father didn’t have the money to send all of his eight children, and she wanted to be sure her brothers continued their education. She completed a Certified Nurse Aide training program knowing that the certificate was a quick way to a job where… Read more »

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Community Roundtable on El Salvador

Washington, D.C. is home to thousands of Central American migrants impacted by the widespread violence in their home countries. In October we hosted a community roundtable, moderated by WAMU’s Armando Trull. The panel served as a platform for those in the District who work with Salvadorans and other Central Americans to engage in a robust… Read more »

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A Warm Community Congratulations

A student-led cultural festival of music and dance along with an award ceremony honoring founder and President Emeritus Sonia Gutierrez closed out a month of activities for Hispanic Heritage Month. The annual festival included remarks from Jackie Reyes, Director of the Office on Latino Affairs, and Ward 1 Council Member Brianne Nadeau. Preceding the celebration,… Read more »

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Strengthening the Path from Education to Employment

Career pathways, building stronger bridges between education and employment, is an increasingly cited best practice in adult education. In preparation for the 2015-16 school year, teachers, counselors and employment specialists at the Carlos Rosario School participated in an interactive workshop with adult education and career pathways expert, Dr. Heide Wrigley. The goal was to highlight… Read more »