Urban Ed is a wonderful opportunity for youth of the Dc area to gain valuable experience that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Urban Ed offers everything from life skills for teens to practical professional experience that can enable them to get not only a job but a career.
I have been a volunteer with Urban Ed for almost 2 years and during that time I have seen lives transformed. Being an HR Manager one hopes to see personal growth in employees but unfortunately most companies fall short in that effort; at Urban Ed students come in to the program feeling down about where they are in life and leave with pride in their hearts, viable skills, ready to be competitive in the job market. Ms. Williams, the heart & soul of Urban Ed, takes an interest in each student no matter their knowledge level and challenge them to do what it takes to get certified; this to me is an investment in our “human resource” which in turn makes for a better community and a better future for our children. On a more personal level, I was laid-off last year and the first thought that came to mind was “now I have more time to give to Urban Ed”. Not only do I have the opportunity to utilize my professional skills to assist this organization in its day to day functions but I get to see personal & professional growth in our students and staff alike.
I am honor to be a student of Urban Ed. Urban Ed has helped me gain confidence in obtaining my A+ Certification. With all the knowledge and resources giving, I am positive that I will obtain my certification this year. After obtaining my certification, I plan to enroll into the 2nd course which is the MCP/MCDST Certification. This will help me with the career path I want to follow. A lot of entry level IT positions requires these certifications. One most important part about Urban Ed is that it's inexpensive. I never knew an organization that in every aspect is a plus. For example: the tuition/cost, resources and most importantly a teacher that teaches. The teacher is very understandable and down to earth. Urban Ed cares about YOU. I couldn't have asked for a better organization or teacher. If it wasn’t for Urban Ed, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to follow my career goal/dream. Thank You Urban Ed.
Urban Ed is a wonderful program that has given me the tools I need to take and pass the A+ Certiication exam. Urban Ed has small classes, hands-on taining, real workplace scenerios, test prep exams and a great staff really cares and wants you to succeed.
Urban Ed has given me a second start on life in the sense of having a career. These days and time is it almost a requirement to have a degree or some training above high school. If not for Urban Ed I could’ve never afforded to go to school because I’m a parent and worked 2 jobs, but with the flexible schedule and the one on one time with Ms William I was able to attend classes. This has made a great impact on my life, being able to go out and apply for a job that I actually would like to work for. I don’t just have to accept any job or pay because now I’m considered a professional. This has lifted my spirits immensely, even though I know I’m still considered the bottom of the barrel but if I didn’t have a certificate that I worked for it could be worse. Just the feeling that I worked for this all that studying and making class after work is really paying off. So I tell everyone I know that is having a hard time finding work or a career call Urban Ed. It was a pleasure and still is knowing Ms Williams and what Urban Ed has to offer.
As an entrepreneur that runs a staffing firm, I am often in talks with clients in the IT, Software, and Telecom industries. I recently received a client email requesting a personal introduction between the clients firm and the Executive Director of Urban Ed. My client had an open position and thought an Urban Ed graduate might end up being a good fit. This was so rewarding on a number of levels. Mainly the facts that the client a) trusted the work being done in preparing talent, and b) the fact that one of UE's participants sat on the verge of a new career with a solid minority owned telecom firm in Washington, DC. This is a testament to the quality of reputation and results that have been cultivated within the community.