Future is Bright as Students Graduate from Two Catholic Charities Programs

by Alexandra Porben | July 20, 2022

The month of June was filled with celebration as students from the Kennedy School and Green Construction graduated from their respective programs.

The Kennedy School is a non-public day school for children ages six to 22 who have disabilities. Located in Northeast D.C., the school serves students with autism, intellectual and emotional disabilities, learning disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.

On June 14, friends and family gathered at The Catholic University of America to celebrate the achievements and accolades of the Kennedy School’s Class of 2022 graduates.

Three students graduated with a high school diploma, and three graduated with a certificate of completion. Overall, the six students were recognized with various awards such as most improved, honor awards for outstanding academic achievement, classroom leader and valedictorian and salutatorian recognition.

On June 18, friends and family celebrated the accomplishment of Green Construction, one of Catholic Charities’ job training programs. For over 15 years, the program has prepared students for an exciting career in green building by covering topics such as sustainable building, OSHA-10 basic safety and health training and flagger safety training.

Held once a week, the course is open to all D.C. and Maryland residents over the age of 18. The 16-week course is taught online and in English with assistance for Spanish speakers.

What is next for the Class of 2022 graduates? Graduates from the Green Construction program received the following four certifications: CPR, flagger, OSHA-10 and CORE curriculum. Job opportunities are available through partnerships with local construction companies, such as Baker Construction DC.

Three graduates from the Kennedy School will be continuing their education by working and gaining skills with United Planning Organization in plumbing, construction and information technology. Another graduate is pursing custodial work, and two have applied to the Bennett Career Institute to study cosmetology.