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Jasmine Bakery is Awesome

Tacoma Community House and Jasmine Bakery have an almost 20-year relationship, sending English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education clients to Bob Miller at Jasmine Bakery for employment. Bob runs a family-owned bakery and encourages his employees – who come from all over the world – to only speak English at work, no matter what their level. He really likes hiring ESL students, as they want to work, they are willing to learn and try different jobs, and they have a great overall work ethic. He also finds having a multi-cultural work force makes a good team – they like learning about each other’s backgrounds and form close working relationships.

Bob encourages his employees to go to school and is willing to work around people’s schedules for classes. He wants them to grab every opportunity afforded them here in the United States.

Meet Duy

Duy Nguyen Pham took English as a Second Language classes at Tacoma Community House (TCH) for six months at the end of 2012, moving from ESL level 2 to level 4. He also sought services from the Employment Department which led to a job he enjoys. A few months ago, he started his job as a maintenance technician at Jasmine Bakery. He works on fixing motors, maintaining beaters and working different bread machines. He was an electrician in his home country of Vietnam, so this job is a great fit for him. He misses his classes at TCH, especially his teacher, but working and taking care of his family is his priority. His eight month old daughter is number one with him right now, but he will encourage her to go to school, especially college, because “college is important.” He plans to come back to school soon though, as “school helps with anything!”

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