Category: Employment

Early childhood education vocational training graduation

New state rules for ECE training

Last month, ReWA’s Kent classroom was host to a dozen students proudly displaying their diploma in Child Care Basics, the first step in a career in early childhood education. Florence held her diploma and smiled proudly. “I have 40 years of experience teaching, but without credentials it was difficult to get a job.” ReWA program coordinator, Sara Cooley said, “Our…

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Hawa and Halima: Resilience in Action

Only a few hours before their flight was scheduled for take-off, six-year-old Halima came down with food poisoning. Her mother Hawa felt hot tears spring to her eyes, the strain of the moment almost too much to bear. Hawa had spent the last 20 years in Ethiopia, behind the walls of a refugee camp. Now she was making this journey…

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From Limited English to Limitless Possibilities

When Lemlem, a refugee from Ethiopia, arrived in the U.S. she was happy to start her new life in a free country, but did not realize how hard it could be for a newcomer with limited English. She hoped her job experience as a childcare teacher in Ethiopia would help, but learned that the position requires a STARS certificate. Lemlem…

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