Tesfaalem Tesfaye: From Odd Jobs to Hotel Engineer

Tesfaalem grew up in Ethiopia, where he had a variety of hands-on jobs from furniture making to working at a shoe factory. In 2011 he came to the US and immediately began looking for ways to put his hands to work. “I love taking things apart and finding out how … Continue reading

Youth Program News August 2013

Youth Council Teen Tutors graduation ceremony.

Serving as a leader on the Youth Council provides motivated youth with the opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities. Teen Tutors This school year marked another successful year for the Teen Tutors program. The ‘Teen Tutors’ program was created by Youth Council members in response to a … Continue reading

Employer Partner: People’s United Bank

People's United Bank Logo.

“The quality of candidates that AACA’s Careers in Banking and Finance program has produced has been top-notch. Their level of preparation, their appearance, the quality of their resumes and their commitment are all exactly what we’re looking for.” Martin Bellavoda, Financial Services Manager, People’s United Bank

Winslow – Buds & Blossoms Student

“When I became a new mom, I definitely stressed about finding good childcare.” said Christina, Winslow’s mom. “I was also hoping to find a way to introduce my child to a new language, but great care was the biggest concern.” “Winslow began at Buds & Blossoms when he was 4 … Continue reading

Cosmus Modeste – BEEMS Graduate

Cosmus emigrated from his home in Trinidad because of lack of job opportunities there. He moved to the US to start a new business as a tailor and upholsterer in New York, where he had family already established. The failing economy forced him to close his doors in 2010. Finding … Continue reading

Mr. Chen’s Story – Multi-Service-Center Client

Mr. Chen arrived in the US in 1974 from Hong Kong with no legal documents. He married a US citizen, putting his restaurant and their house in his wife’s name before receiving his permanent resident card in 1986. In 2000, Mr. Chen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and when his … Continue reading

Thupten Samdup – BEEMS Graduate

A Tibetan refugee from Nepal, Thupten Samdup came to the U.S. in 2003 to escape a lack of freedom and opportunity. Thupten did not know what work he could do but was always interested in landscaping and repairing things. Due to his limited English skills and training, he relied heavily … Continue reading

Haider Alhemayri – English Program Graduate

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Haider was living in a war zone. Haider’s brothers worked as translators for the U.S. Army, and were targeted by the local terrorists. Eventually they came to the U.S. as refugees with hopes for a better future. Haider has a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the … Continue reading