History of AACA

The Asian American Civic Association (AACA), formerly the Chinese American Civic Association, has been serving the immigrant community since 1967.  Since its inception, AACA has evolved into a comprehensive non-profit agency which addresses the educational, workforce development, and social service needs of immigrants of all ethnicities and economically disadvantaged residents of the Greater Boston area.

1970’s AACA becomes a major social planning and cultural advocacy agency out of which evolves the South Cove Community Health Center, the Chinese Golden Age Center, and the agency’s current programs.

1979 AACA widens its focus to other Asian groups from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and extends its support to immigrants and refuges from all nations.

1984 Demand for workforce development services leads to the implementation of extensive job training and workforce education programs.

2000 AACA expands its youth services to include an after school program for the city’s children and teens.

2002 AACA is designated by the Boston Redevelopment Authority as co-developer of a parcel of land located on 87 Tyler Street.

2005 AACA launches the Partnership for Automotive Career Education (PACE) to train unemployed residents for careers as automotive technicians.

2007 AACA moves into the Chinatown Community Education Center, co-owned with the Kwong Kow Chinese School.

2009 The City of Boston awards AACA the only grant for “green” job training.  AACA enhances the Facilities Maintenance program to train “green-collar” building maintenance workers, renamed Building Energy Efficient Maintenance Skills (BEEMS).

2010 AACA opens Buds & Blossoms Early and Education and Care Center, a Reggio Emilia inspired Mandarin immersion child care center.

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