Our Community, Our People, Our Leaders
"Our Community, Our People, Our Leaders" is a platform that celebrates the strength, diversity, and resilience of our vibrant community. Here, we shine a spotlight on the individuals who make our community thrive and the leaders who inspire positive change. Join us as we share stories, achievements, and initiatives that highlight the collective power and unique contributions of our community members. Together, let's embrace unity, foster understanding, and empower one another to create a brighter future for all.
"I'm Debora Barrios, originally from Guatemala, and 16 years ago, I came to this country with a dream of pursuing higher education. However, I faced numerous obstacles due to my limited English proficiency. To overcome this, I enrolled in English classes at CRC and BOCES. After improving my English skills, I aimed to enroll in university but discovered the requirement of obtaining a GED certificate, now known as HSE. I began GED classes at BOCES in 2013 while juggling full-time work and weekends of study. Despite three years of effort, I failed to pass the GED exam, all while raising my second child. When the pandemic hit in April 2020, I resumed online GED classes. After completion, I finally earned my Equivalency High School diploma. Now, my next goal is to continue studying at the university. As a mother, wife, and worker, dedicating time to my education was challenging, often only finding study time after 10 pm. Nevertheless, I persevered because I believe the effort is worthwhile. So, keep fighting for your dreams!"
"My name is Ignacio Maya. I came to the United States in 2002 and started a beautiful family. One of my personal goals is to learn English and become proficient in this language, so I enrolled in English as A Second Language classes at CRC. I also took the OSHA 30-Hour Training with CRC because I hope to own a construction company one day, so I can save money and purchase my dream home for my family. With CRC by my side, I know that all my dreams will come true."
"My name is Gabriela Trejo, I was born in Guadalajara Jalisco México. I just graduated as Clinical Medical Assistant and I am certified by the National Healthcare Association.
I want to first give thanks to God, my family, Southern Westchester BOCES and to my professors Tonia Wright and José Bohorquez for helping me grow, for the opportunity that they gave me, for being a fundamental part in my academic growth and for their dedication and patience. I enrolled in English classes, obtained my GED diploma and am also certified as a ServSafe food handler. Thank you to everyone for giving me the tools and directing me to a promising future.
Receive my greetings and my most sincere thanks."
Santa Gonzalez, 62, is from Nicaragua. When she came to CRC, she didn’t know how to read or write. She felt sad when she saw that other people were able to read text messages or the newspaper while she couldn’t. Sending a letter to a friend or family member was a challenge. She had to ask for help in order to send a note or a letter to her home country. When Santa came to CRC and learned about our Plazas Comunitarias Program, she saw hope. Santa was never absent from a class. She was very participative, and, after two semesters of taking classes, Santa is now literate in Spanish.
"I feel grateful for all the help the CRC has given me. Now, I am able to read the newspaper and text messages. And I feel very happy about that. "
It is never too late to learn something new.