SOME CET Commencement Ceremony

Through the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, The Community Foundation and our partners are investing heavily in programs throughout the District that focus on building worker’s literacy and workforce skills with the goal of helping all DC residents to achieve economic security. Last week, CFNCR staff had the pleasure of attending grantee So Other’s Might Eat Center for Employment Training’s (SOME CET) spring class graduation. SOME CET’s mission is to empower people out of homelessness and poverty and into living wage careers through hard and soft skills training, adult basic education and career development.

The District of Columbia sits at the core of one of the nation’s highest-skill economies. By 2018, 71% of all jobs in DC will require some postsecondary training beyond high school. With a population of 64,000 without a high school diploma and 85,000 who lack basic skills (literacy, numeracy, English language proficiency and/or digital literacy) the Community Foundation is investing in adult education providers like SOME that are key to ensuring local residents are equipped with the skills needed to prosper and grow in our region’s competitive economy. The SOME CET graduates, a majority of whom have already been hired in their new career fields, were trained for careers as Medical Administrative Assistants and Building Maintenance Service Technicians. SOME CET also celebrated the 33 graduates that have officially been employed for one year and have achieved milestones including earning a high school diploma, receiving raises, starting college courses, and receiving a promotion.

Carolyn Rhoe, the graduating BMST Class Representative, said it best as she congratulated her fellow classmates, “today we have become porters, plumbers, construction workers, etc. but most importantly, we are a value to our community.”

This great work is made possible by the generosity of more than a dozen local funders, corporations, and Community Foundation donors that support the Workforce Development Collaborative’s work. For more information on this project, and on how you can get involved, feel free to contact Benton Murphy, Senior Director, at