Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mesquite Neighborhood Learning Center: Lending a Helping Hand

Earlier this week I had the privilege of visiting DACC's Mesquite Neighborhood Learning Center.  During my visit the Center was quite, but a number of neighborhood residents and students were accessing the computer lab and study room, diligently focused upon their educational materials.  One student was working one-on-one with a tutor. While this afternoon lull is common, the mornings from 8:00 a.m. until noon and the evenings from 4:00 p.m. until late are a buzz, bustling with many single moms who desire to advance their computer skills, language skills, and workforce readiness skills.  After taking care of their children, getting them off to school, working hard at their day jobs, receiving their children after schools, these tired mothers come to the Center and focus intently on their skills.  They are an inspiration to me.  They are also successful.

In the last five years 348 received vocational training, 1379 completed ESL courses, 1,162 have taken computer classes and 99 earned their GED.  During the same time period, 79 have continued with their studies at DACC and 37 earned their associates degree.  These women are breaking the cycle of poverty and becoming great role models for their children.  The men who have attended the Center's educational programs take great pride in being able to gain better employment to support their families. 

I encourage you to visit the center in the morning or evening to see for your self these inspirational people who are committed to learning, motivated by caring for their families, who value learning and know how it can help them accomplish their personal goals.  Click here for the location of the Mesquite Neighborhood Learning Center.  The Mesquite Neighborhood Learning Center is a valuable asset to these families in this neighborhood.  The Center is giving people hope and the skills they need to turn hope into reality. 

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