View AACA’s video Reaching for Higher Goals which highlights the success of some of our job training graduates and employers. AACA’s services do not stop at job placement. AACA provides job retention and advancement counseling to our graduates for two years to ensure their success in their careers.
George A. Russell, Jr. Career Advancement Award Recipient
Nesli immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti in 2008 to be united with his 2-year old daughter and his wife, who was taking care of her mother. They had another daughter in 2009.
Nesli was learning English with no marketable job skills and no knowledge of how to obtain a job in the U.S. He was unable to support his family.
Employed full-time as an Energy Specialist at Conservation Services Group, Nesli progressed through four levels of apprenticeship, from entry-level apprentice to a professional in the field. Nesli’s supervisor at CSG says “Nesli has the intangible qualities that can’t be taught.”
Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation College Achievement Award Recipient
Kate grew up poor in a small town in China. Her father was a construction worker and her mother did not have a job. She dreamed about going to college but had to begin working after completing vocational high school. Pregnant, she and her husband immigrated to the U.S. in 2006 to seek a better future.
Newly arrived to the U.S., Kate had a newborn baby and her English was limited. She enrolled in AACA’s basic ESL program.
Kate graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Bunker Hill Community College with a 3.8 GPA. Kate is now working as a full-time Customer Service Representative at EastWest Bank and raising two young children.
James’ parents immigrated from China. His father fought for the U.S. in WWII, and his parents worked in the laundry business. James was born and raised in Massachusetts.
After working in sales, James was laid off and unemployed for nearly a year. He was unable to find work and surviving on unemployment insurance.
James is working as a full-time Automotive Service Technician for Bernardi Acura of Boston, a PACE employer partner His supervisor says “James’ training through the PACE Program provided him with the exact skills needed for the technician job.”
Ann immigrated to the U.S. from China in 2011 with her parents and sister. Her parents wanted her to get an education in the U.S., but it took 8 years to get the visa.
Ann worked as a waitress and cashier in an Asian restaurant. She did not have confidence in her English skills.
Ann is working full-time as a Financial Services Representative at Cathay Bank. The Branch Manager says she is an “excellent, dedicated employee and a team player.”
Quan immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam in 1992 after waiting 11 years to leave. She lives with her brother who is mentally ill and her mother who suffers from severe diabetes.
As the only income source to support her family, she worked in a garment factory and then a supermarket. Facing financial hardship, she didn’t make enough to pay for rent or food. She couldn’t properly take care of her brother, and her mother had to give herself insulation injections while Quan was at work.
The Multi-Service Center helped Quan’s family apply for public housing, food stamps, SSI and home medical care services for her mother through the Adult Foster Care Prorgam. Now Quan takes care of her mother full-time at home and gets paid. Quan’s brother receives SSI. Quan plans to buy a car in the near future to be able take her mother and brother to see doctors.
Angelica Miranda Chong
Angelica’s parents wanted her to learn Mandarin and receive high quality pre-school education, so they enrolled her and her sister Gabriella in Buds & Blossoms.
Angelica was three years old and did not speak any Mandarin.
Angelica is fluent in Mandarin and kindergarten ready. She is especially proud of all of the songs she has learned at school and sings a selection every night.