I interned at SOME in the fall as the Development Intern and it has been my best internship experience of my undergraduate career. From the beginning, I noticed how close-knit and warm the other staff members were. Everyone made me feel very welcomed, being that I was studying far away from home last semester, they don't know how comforting that was to me. I often bragged about how much SOME did not only annually with events but on a day to day business with client services. I definitely fell in love with the company and the staff. They also didn't make me feel like an intern. They gave me as much of a hand in everything as regular staff members and that I will always cherish because it increased my confidence in my skills and abilities. If I never return to DC to work, I will always be a supporter of SOME and will definitely be a future donor as well!
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I am a volunteer in the fundraising department of SOME. SOME works to address holistically a full spectrum of needs of DC's poor and homeless. It meets their immediate daily needs by providing food, clothing, and health care. It helps change lives by providing affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling. I have been volunteering here 2-3 days a week for about 4 months. I have assisted in fundraising administration and participated in several fundraising events. I have worked with SOME staff, board members and other volunteers. I also donate what I can.
I have been truly impressed by the scale of SOME's work in the DC community and the continuing dedication of its staff, board members and other volunteers. It is an exceptional resource for DC's poor and homeless.
I know my work, though little enough, helps make a life-changing difference to those it serves. If only SOME had more resources, it could change the entire community.
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I have had the pleasure of working with the CET center for several years now. My company has employed approximately 7 individuals, and 6 are still here! I believe this successful program is due to the particular model they use. They address ALL barriers to success, not just job training. Substance abuse issues, housing, day care, medical care - all impact a person's ability to be successful in a job. I have worked with other organizations, and have not had the success I have experienced working with SOME CET.
I am currently a student of the S.O.M.E. Center For Employment Training. This is an awesome program for people to come and get vocational training or enhance the skills that they already possess. The courses offered are Medical Administration, Building Maintenance, and Businiss and Customer Relations. I believe that the students are at an advantage because we recieve hands on instruction from someone who has actually worked in the field that they are teaching. We are very fortunate to have a staff of caring and sincere people who work very hard every day to give 100 percent of their time and effort to each and every student. We have human development that tackle problems in certain behaviors, habits and mindsets, career development that prepare students for the workplace by way of creating resumes and other employee documents, interviewing techniques, and how to seek employment through differnet venues, student services such as barrier reduction to make sure that there are no obstacles to stand in the way to hinder the success of the students. The Center For Employment Training focus on the "whole person" individually. I would recommend this program to anyone that need it.
After 35 years, I retired from the practice of law and looked for a place to volunteer my services for people in need. I contacted SOME and was told that they were in need of a basic math tutor for their C.E.T. program. I told them I would be happy to give it a try. Four years later I am still tutoring two days a week, approximately 3 hours per session. I primarily tutor the trainees in the building maintenance program. For me this has been a particularly rewarding experience and based upon feedback from the trainees, I believe it has been equally rewarding for them. I have seen trainees learn or re-learn basic math skills which has permitted them to obtain rewarding employement and to become responsible citizens in the Washington, D. C. area.
My name is Petria Pierce and I entered C.E.T. On June 30th 2009 since I been in C.E.T. The staff has worked with me very closely to help me develope some skills, so i can remove myself out of poverty so that I can become a productive member of society again. When I arrived at C.E.T. I must admitt I did not think I would make it again in a classroom setting, The staff here at C.E.T. has gotten me through many hurdles besides my education. I am truly greateful having an oppurtunity to graduate from C.E.T. I would love to give praise to the Career Developement Department for showing me how to write a resume and how to answer question that employers may ask. I did not know half of the things that was taught to me. I want to take this oppurtunity to thank everyone who played apart in my life today and again thank you C.E.T. I am a winner.
I was unemployed and looking for a school I walked into the salvation army with a relative and saw the flyer posted and on the flyer it said paid tuition and help with transportation now I thought to myself it sounds good but said how many other schools have said those exact same things and didn't deliver( they really did come through as they said they would). I really wanted to attend school so I call to find out what was needed of me to come in and apply, I got there and was very impressed I've heard of SOME but had no idea they had a training school. The only thing that made me nervous about the whole process was waiting for the phone call to tell me if I was accepted or not but it was definitely worth the wait. The support from your peers and the staff was phenomenal I had never been around that many positive people in my life they make you want succeed and grow I graduated in April 2008 and I continue to grow I've been employed going on 2 years with a great company and continue to push forward. Thanks CET and staff for everything!!!
When refered to SOME CET from Perry School, I didn't know what to expect from this programm, but I came with all the intentions to learn as much as I can. As a present student and almost done with the program with a job offer waitng for me. I can say That this organization game more then what i expect! It game me the skills to prepare my own resume,to navigate the internet, prepare documents and also give me the key to open a new door in the Medical world as an Medical Administrative Assistant.
I highly recommend the Center for Employment Training Program as I am a former student and now an employee. While training as an medical administrative assitant I learned medical termology, healthcare protocol and as well MS Word and Excell. The programs instructor was very engaging, professiona and knowledgeable. I am currently employed by So Others Might Eat as an Human Resource Assistant and the skills I received from C.E.T. have help me reach my goal of earning a decent salary and giving back to my community. I am grateful to the staff at Center for Employment Training for consistently going the extra mile for all who who strive for a more productive life. Sincerely, Michelle Boardley
I was fired from my job after 8 years of employment. I applied for assistance and was sent through the standard programs that DC offers for job training, my confidence was low and I felt that I needed more training. I was fearful of failing and being out of a job or being on welfare forever. I found the handout for CET through the ARCH Jobs (a job readiness program in the District). The process was easy to get in, I applied one week and started the following week. I was defeated and fearful in the beginning, I was able to open up about those concerns and work with them the entire time that I was enrolled. The staff was always open, always ready with a open mind and understanding heart. The closer it got to graduation I didn't want to leave. I didn't have to worry the staff was still there while I was in job search. They stayed on top of me and still after 3 years they still know me by name and I know that if I need anything that they are just a phone call away. I really thank them for helping me get my confidence back and being able to enter in my career.