On March 10, 2017 SOME hosted a graduation ceremony for 49 students of SOME Center for Employment Training. During the ceremony, we also recognized and celebrated 22 graduates from 2016 who have been employed for more than a year. We were thrilled and proud to celebrate with the graduates and their friends and family!
SOME Center for Employment Training prepares students for careers as Medical Administrative Assistants (MAA), Electronic Health Records Managers (CEHRS) and Building Maintenance Service Technicians (BMST). Our training model focuses on a holistic approach that encompasses industry skill development, basic education, human development (or soft skills) and career development. The 2017 class of CET graduates consists of 20 MAA, 15 CEHRS and 29 BMST program graduates.
SOME was especially honored to have Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White, Sr, as the keynote speaker. Councilmember White’s remarks focused on the future and moving ahead. He told the graduates, “CET is the vehicle to help you get where you want to go…you are building a legacy and this is chapter one.” He applauded the graduates for their efforts and successes thus far.
We were also delighted to be able to showcase some of the amazing accomplishments alumni have made since graduating from CET. We recognized 10 MAA alumni and 12 BMST alumni from the 2016 CET graduating class who have reached their one-year anniversary of employment at their respective companies. A 2015 graduate, Jerell Brown, was also invited to speak to the class.
Mr. Brown, CEO of Save My Lawn, a local landscaping firm, shared a strong message with the graduates: “Shake the setbacks and turn them into comebacks.” Mr. Brown was featured in a Washington Post article that chronicled his path from a drug conviction to the creation of his landscaping firm, which now serves 80 residential clients and two commercial clients with year-round landscaping and snow removal services.
Everyone at SOME was grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the successes of the graduates of SOME Center for Employment Training and will continue to be a resource for them as they transition into the larger community of Washington, DC.