An estimated 41% of DC workers with low wages are immigrants, but without a command of the English language, career advancement is nearly impossible – and time and money for classes are scarce. So Washington English Center fills the gap, providing excellent and affordable English instruction (in-person and virtual) at convenient hours: six days a week, day and night. A team of more than 350 volunteer teachers and tutors offers a sequence of classes from beginner to advanced, focusing on both written and verbal communication and serving 1,700 students each year. Citizenship preparation, computer classes, and a workforce readiness program further build skills and empower students. For many, WEC is a community as much as a classroom – the place where they learn, connect, and take the first steps toward achieving the American dream.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 2
Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Ethnic Groups Served: Latino/Hispanic; Other
Population(s) Served: All; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
- Number of immigrants served:
Over 1,000 annually
- Number of volunteers working with Language ETC:
Over 300 each three month term
- Students that advance to the next ESL level:
Awards & Recognition
Featured in Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2005
Featured in Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2009
Featured in Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2014
- Not enough English classes as number of limited-English speakers rises
Fri Sep 20 2013, VOXXI
The rise in the number of limited-English speakers and the shortage of English classes is not only happening in Arizona.
- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for Washington English Center is: $1 million to $3 million
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