Educational Institutions

Washington English Center

  • Washington, DC
  • www.languageetc.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower adult immigrants through education to become contributing and self-reliant community members. Our goal is to provide high-quality educational services, access to technology, and life skills programs to any interested low-income adult immigrant in the Washington metropolitan area, regardless of ability to pay.

Main Programs

  1. English as a Second Language (ESL)
  2. Spanish Literacy
  3. Computer Literacy Classes
  4. Citizenship Classes
Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Washington, DC metropolitan area

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Mercedes Lemp

Keywords

Self-reported

ESL, Literacy, Immigrants, Education

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EIN

52-2106206

Physical Address

2200 California St NW

Washington, DC 20008 3902

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Employment Training (J22)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Transformation of students’ lives is Language ETC’s most significant accomplishment. Student statements such as the following document our work:• I started to take English classes at Language ETC four years ago. I chose this institute because it fits my schedule … I admire the dedication of the staff and volunteers. They care about immigrants. This makes me come every Sunday morning even though I live in Virginia.• Language ETC is the link between me and a good job, between me and a better life, between me and a good integration in the American Society. LETC had significant accomplishments in the last academic year (10-11). We had approximately 2,300 student enrollments. Summer 2011 enrollments also grew to over 250. Sixty percent of students completed their classes, and 70% of completers advanced to the next literacy level (compared to a national average just below 40%). We attracted over 200 volunteers each trimester and were able to offer free one-on-one tutoring to many students. We increased the length and quality of our volunteer orientation to improve the confidence of the volunteers and the quality of teaching from the beginning of the term. Exposing students to technology is a priority, we have a large Langauge Lab and computer classes. We recently received a grant to update our technology and launched a new website in August of 2011.In the Summer of 2011, the Board brought back Mercedes Lemp as the new Executive Director, she served as Language ETC's second ED from 2002 - 2006 and served in the Washington DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs as its Director prior to returning.  We have increased teacher effectiveness by providing in-service training and classroom observations. Students fill out surveys on a regular basis to ensure satisfaction.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English (ESL) classes for beginners - advanced students. Six-level, 11 course sequence.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 2

Spanish Literacy

Basic literacy skills for Spanish speakers. Three course sequence - beginning, intermediate and advanced.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Hispanics

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 3

Computer Literacy Classes

Basic and intermediate computer skills classes taught in Spanish.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Hispanics

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 4

Citizenship Classes

Preparation for U.S. citizenship test

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Hispanics

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Washington, DC metropolitan area

Funding Needs

General operations ESL Program Computer Program Textbooks and education materials Childcare (for students during classes)

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WASHINGTON ENGLISH CENTER
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Washington English Center

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mercedes Lemp

BIO

Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, Director 2007 - 2010

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jennifer Browning

No Affiliation

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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