Proud to Share: Summer 2023


We are proud to share...

  • Instructional Design Manager Soo Park and Destination Workforce® teacher Vaishali Deshpande completed the Community Resilience Initiative’s Course 2 Trauma-Supportive Certification on how to address the often-hidden effects of trauma and toxic stress.

  • Faculty Support Manager Melissa Rea participated in the Serving Refugees, New Americans, and Immigrants Professional Learning Community facilitated by the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center this spring. Explore select resources from this on instruction, asset-based strategies, trauma-informed care, and social-emotional learning.

  • Fifteen English Empowerment Center learners attained the Certified Guest Service Professional credential this summer. They completed the Guest Service Gold® training and passed the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute exam as part of our online Destination Workforce® Intensive English program and our in-person classes in Herndon. This certification recognizes their readiness to provide high quality customer service. Congratulations!

  • Nine English Empowerment Center learners earned Northstar Digital Literacy badges demonstrating their mastery of essential digital literacy skills in one or both of these areas: Basic Computer Skills and Using Email! These learners were supported by the teachers and class aides in the April-June session of the Destination Workforce® Intensive English and Workforce Readiness classes. Congratulations!

  • Executive Director Roopal Mehta Saran was invited to speak on WTOP News about the work the English Empowerment Center does in the community and the great impact of our support from Amazon. See the video and article here!

  • EEC Board of Directors member Gaston Araoz-Riveros was recognized as a member of the Leadership Arlington Class of 2024. This honor is a testament to his exceptional leadership qualities and commitment to making a positive impact in the community. Congratulations, Gaston!

  • Student Services Coordinator Juan Perez was featured in Aspiring Altruists, a podcast that focuses on young employees in the nonprofit space. Click here to hear the podcast and learn more about Juan's passion for English language education and working at EEC!

  • Executive Director Roopal Mehta Saran spent last week in the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Program at Harvard Business School to step into a different environment and hear and learn from so many nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurship faculty about their decision making, the strategies they have developed, and about how much they love doing our important work every day! Thanks to funding from the David Bradt Nonprofit Leadership Award which made this possible.

  • We are increasing the learning potential for dining services and housekeeping team members in our second Destination Workforce® class with Marymount University. Team members now use EnGen, a mobile upskilling platform, in addition to instructor-facilitated classes in person. With EnGen for supplemental learning, team members have a flexible, self-directed option for learning what they need to reach their personal and professional goals.

  • English Empowerment Center staff participated with other community organizations in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting this month for the Proclamation of Immigrant Heritage Month 2023!