Kudos to the Carlos Rosario International Public School, a member of the national NCLR Affiliate Network in Washington, DC! The school won an award for its outstanding adult education programs from the Migration Policy Institute’s (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. MPI recently announced that Carlos Rosario was one of four winners of its 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. As an award recipient, the school will receive a $50,000 grant.
“This is terrific news. The Carlos Rosario International Public School is a culturally vibrant learning center that has helped thousands of immigrants gain the work skills they need to find good jobs and build stable lives in Washington, DC,” said Sonia Pérez, NCLR Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives.
For more than 40 years, the Carlos Rosario International Public School has served more than 60,000 students, growing from a small grassroots English-as-a-second-language program to a comprehensive adult education program recognized nationally and internationally as a successful model for transforming immigrant individuals, families, and communities. Working closely with the community, the Carlos Rosario School prepares the diverse adult immigrant populations of the District of Columbia to become invested, productive members of American society who give back to family and the community.
In a statement, MPI said that Carlos Rosario was recognized as the “nation’s first adult-focused charter school for cutting-edge adult basic education and workforce training programs that have helped tens of thousands of immigrants and refugees in Washington, D.C.”
And we heard through the grapevine that the District of Columbia plans to rename the street in front of the school after its long-time executive director, Sonia Gutierrez—an exciting honor!