partners have recognized the value of our service, and students have
given testimonials as to how CEET has empowered them to accomplish the
goals they set out to achieve, make better choices, and pursue higher
attributes success to four key qualities, our core values, that we believe
empowers our students to achieve more, and become more self-reliant.
... instilling knowledge and skills needed to change and direct one's life
is our belief that linking literacy education to employment and training
programs will empower individuals to become self-sufficient, productive
members of their communities.
Since 2000, CEET has provided educational and workforce development
training to approximately 10,000 low-income residents of the District
of Columbia—an average of 1,000 people per year. Many have obtained
their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) through our GED program. Others
have gained computer skills and jobs, improved reading and writing skills,
strengthened their families, re-entered their communities with viable
skills and/or jobs, learned to speak English, and so forth.
We too, have learned from the many constituents we have served along
the way. In fact, we learned early that you must first help the individual
to address any barriers they might have such as lack of housing, substance
abuse, domestic violence, hunger issues, etc. before they are able to
focus on studying for the GED, looking for a job, etc.
also learned the importance of collaboration and the sharing of resources.
Organizations such as Heaven’s Grocery Store (Ms. Calloway), Greater
Mt. Calvary’s Food Bank (Mr. Thornton) and Clothing Boutique (Mr.
Walter and others), Suited for Change (Elaine), The CAATADA House—Aftercare
Treatment Program (Ms. Johnson and staff), Chase Consultants (Bridgette
Chase), Coalition for the Homeless (Ms. Johnson), DHS’ Strengthening
Families program, United Planning Organization (UPO), Housing Opportunities,
... empowering individuals to be better students
and employees, as well as family members, neighbors and engaged citizens
of service from our partners--
brings a truly unique and effective resource to the employment and training
arena. The agency’s approach is one that succeeds in enabling
a more substantive engagement of participants and community partners
alike in the process of strengthening employability, developing and
enhancing skills, and discovering and advancing employment and careers.”
Project Director, John Adams, of the Progressive Partners Program)
for the Homeless, Emery Employment Services writes: “The staff
is professional in their conduct, and by their diligence and consistent
quality of services they demonstrate their commitment to a high standard.”
Johnson, Employment Specialist)
The District Department of Transportation’s On-the-Job
Training Manager, Taji Anderson wrote:
stepped right in and assisted our contractors and partners in recruiting,
interviewing and assessing participants to eliminate barriers to employment
in vocational jobs. You helped established a plan of action for each
participant to reach his or her goals. You not only provided pre-vocational
training, but pre-employment training and counseling that prepared our
participants to succeed on the job as well as in life.”
... forging ties with and between students, teachers, employers and all
partners in our efforts
Whom It May Concern:
receiving my GED, thanks to the Center for Empowerment and Employment
Training (CEET), I plan on pursuing a career in Criminal Justice. I
am 19 years of age and I am so overwhelmed that I finally passed my
GED test. Ever since I joined CEET, I learned how to be more independent
and patient. I remember taking my GED Practice test and only missing
by 10 points. I learned how to take my time and make sure I fully understood
how to read the passage and relate each choice towards the question.
my next step is to go to college and seek employment with good benefits.
I am working on trying to get my own place without needing help from
my mom. I am incredibly thankful to have met wonderful people like Mr.
Sessoms, Ms. Anita, Ms. Margie, Mrs. Allen, Mr. Clemmons, and Ms. Davidson.
It is an honor and privilege to know that you guys cared and worked
hard in helping me obtain my GED within a short period of time.
cannot say it any different, but thank you so much CEET and everyone
who worked in putting this program together.”
Harley, GED Student after achieving GED credential, 2010)
CEET Program is a great program and it gives the youth a chance to prepare
themselves for the work field in the future. Thank you very much for
the opportunity of getting to know them.”
opening doors to opportunity for all people
is committed to serving …
... through programs such as Family-to-Family Mentoring—serving
low-income families of the District of Columbia, DC Fatherhood Initiative
Program—serving ex-offenders and their families, ARRA Stimulus Program--GED
Program for 16-25 year olds-to prepare students for the GED exam, First
Home Care/Foundations for Home and Community’s Foster Care Program-to
prepare young people for the workforce, and the Department of Disability
Services -to provide literacy and other services.