What’s your favorite part of graduation season? Is it the celebration of years of hard work coming to fruition? Is it the hopefulness of the future? The excitement of planning for tomorrow? For many nontraditional students in the greater Washington metro region, it’s about all that and so much more.
Adult learners are completing basic education, job training, and higher education programs in growing numbers, and are often doing so while caring for children, working long hours, and struggling to make ends meet, all in the hopes of a more economically secure and fulfilling life for themselves and their families.
They’re graduating from programs like So Others Might Eat’s Center for Employment Training. A record 60 students celebrated completing the program last month. There are also the students who graduated from Montgomery College’s apartment maintenance technician program, a class that included women for the first time, thanks to funding from the Foundation. And at the end of July, Year Up will hold a ceremony for students who have completed the training part of their program and are off to information technology internships across the region. All of these programs receive support from The Women’s Foundation.
Congratulations to the graduates of these and other programs across the region! Their determination, hard work and sacrifice are truly awe inspiring and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for them and their families.