Starting Careers in Childcare
Congratulations to the 12 graduates of the Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate course who completed a year of academic studies in partnership with North Seattle College and attended the first ever graduation ceremony online on August 19th.
Salwa is one of these graduates. Since completing ReWA’s ChildCare Basics training course last year, she found a job as an assistant teacher at a preschool in Kent.
“I love working with these children everyday, to be a part of their growing up,” she said.
Although she has her own growing family to manage at home, she continued with two more training courses and graduated in August with an Initial Certificate in Early Childhood Education.
ThiThi Gray, program coordinator said, “I am so proud of these students. Some of them really struggled in the beginning with going back to school, then moving classes online during the pandemic. But they pushed through. This wasn’t just a vocational training program—this is changing their own self-expectations. And it’s affecting all parts of their lives.”
Salwa is now a lead teacher at the preschool, and plans to continue her education in early Childhood Education at a local college. (She also got her driver’s license in 2020–well done, Salwa!)
Congratulations to all the 2019 Graduates!