Ariela and Amarilis: Careers with Citibank

Ariela Polanco at Citibank in Chestnut Hill

It’s not just job placements we care about at AACA; we know we’re really doing our job when we hear about the graduates we’ve placed who are advancing in their careers. In October, Ariela Polanco will be celebrating her two year anniversary at Citibank in Chestnut Hill. She returned from … Continue reading

Pierre-Paul Bernard – From Mail Clerk to Maintenance Technician

Pierre-Paul Bernard in his new job at Peabody Properties

Pierre-Paul Bernard was a mail clerk at Boston Children’s Hospital. Choosing to advance his career, he decided to join the BEEMS program at AACA. In the program, participants are trained for a career as a maintenance worker/engineer. The program provides significant professional opportunities to insure success in the industry, such as a five-week internship, and tours of … Continue reading

Next STEP: Scholarship!

Pei Xia (Peggie) Kuang, a former Next STEP student was just awarded a $1,000 college scholarship by the organization First Literacy. Pei Xia (Peggie) Kuang, an April, 2014 graduate of AACA’s Next Steps Transitional English Program, was among 15 winners of $1,000 college scholarships awarded by the organization First Literacy. … Continue reading

Kevin Johnson – Happy in His Work!

Kevin Johnson at Back Bay Hilton

It’s always a pleasure to see someone happy in their work – and we have that pleasure on a regular basis! Kevin Johnson is loving his job as a Maintenance Engineer at Hilton Back Bay and is especially proud of his ability to be in charge of overseeing the hotel’s … Continue reading

Placing Our Graduates in Great Careers: Ammar and Vu


Just thought we’d share with you a picture of two Partnership for Automotive Career Education (PACE) graduates, Ammar and Vu. They’ve joined the team at Avis/Budget and they’ve been working really hard to prepare thousands of cars for the big rental season. AACA helped them get the skills they needed to secure … Continue reading

AACA Gala 2014: All About Diversity


At AACA’s 47th Annual Gala on June 4 at the Park Plaza Hotel, diversity was the theme of the day. The event celebrated community leaders Ron Druker, president of The Druker Company and Paul Lee, of counsel at Goodwin Procter, both of whom received Community Service Awards for their valuable work in promoting diversity. … Continue reading

AACA Faces by Mandy Chan


This quick overview of some of AACA’s services highlights the incredible diversity of our clients as well as the changes that we’ve helped to bring about in their lives.

Pei Xia (Peggie) Kuang: “AACA Inspired Me”


Peggie moved to the US with her husband 15 years ago. She had difficulty finding a job and was initially forced to send her two sons back to China as she could not support them. In those early years she learned most of her English from watching cartoons on Nickelodeon. … Continue reading

Robert Brown: A Life Turned Around

Robert Brown Accepts his award at AACA’s 2014 Gala. Image courtesy of Isadora Carneiro.

This year’s George A. Russell Jr. Career Advancement Award was given to Robert Brown, a Building Energy Efficient Maintenance Skills (BEEMS) Program Graduate who has come through challenging circumstances through hard work and perseverance. Growing up on the streets in Mattapan, Robert was in and out of trouble until he … Continue reading