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Meet Nabeel

There is an Arab saying that “Knowledge is light, and it is the light of your life.” Nabeel took this saying to heart, followed his dream and focused on education at Tacoma Community House. But his life had taken many twists and turns before he arrived at our door.

Nabeel attended school in America through the 8th grade. His parents then moved the family to Yemen so they could learn about their cultural heritage. Years later, Nabeel returned to Tacoma and began a career in the shipping industry. He worked hard as a sailor and wanted to be the best in his profession. “People said I could make it to captain,” Nabeel shared. As a sailor he was financially secure and able to provide for his wife and son living in Yemen.

Working at sea had its rewards, but it did take a toll. With his wife and son moving to the United States to be reunited, it was no longer suitable to be away for extended periods. He left the shipping industry and attempted to find a different profession closer to home. Without a high school education, finding employment was difficult. Nabeel sought help and advice from family and friends and was eventually referred to TCH.

Nabeel enrolled in Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes. After only three weeks his teacher encouraged him to take the GED® tests, which he passed on his first attempt! Excited at the prospect of advancing himself further, he registered in the Crash Course to Employment. Through the workshop he learned that he was capable of more. He improved his interview skills, created resumes and cover letters and gained a tremendous boost of confidence. He began an apprenticeship through the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitter and just recently started a job!

Jubilant with the direction his life is taking thanks to TCH, Nabeel encouraged his wife, Amani, to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. “I want to show her that knowledge is light, and it is the light of your life,” Nabeel said. An avid supporter of Amani’s education, Nabeel is encouraging her to continue her education through ABE and citizenship classes. “Without your help, I wouldn’t be here,” he asserts. Nebeel and Amani believe that nothing could be better than improving the quality of their lives and becoming fully contributing members of society.

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Fast Lane to Employment

Ready to find employment, but not sure where to start? Crash Course to Employment is an intensive two-week employment readiness program providing job seekers the tools they need to be successful in their careers. During the workshop participants learn about:

  • Goal setting
  • Job search techniques
  • Tailoring resumes and cover letters
  • Job placement services
  • And more

The employment team at Tacoma Community House is dedicated to preparing individuals for a competitive job market. Upon completion of the workshop, participants are prepared to find employment on their own or receive job placement services with help from a TCH Job Developer.

The fall workshop begins on September 15, 2014 and runs through September 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Those who are interested in participating in the workshop must attend an information session at Tacoma Community House:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 11 at 9:00 a.m.

Download the Crash Course to Employment Flyer

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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