ARLINGTON, VA- On Saturday, May 19, 2012, the Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC) graduated its first class of 16 graduates who completed the GREEN Housecleaning Training Program for immigrant women successfully. Most of the women in the program had extensive experience in housecleaning, but they lacked the experience of using GREEN products. During the five week Saturday sessions, the students learned how to use GREEN products to clean houses. Those students who possess strong housecleaning experience and who successfully completed their training, will be included in SEEC's Job Bank. They will be referred to homeowners who contact SEEC at 703 933-1101 to request referrals of the graduates of the GREEN housecleaning training program. SEEC's Executive Director Andres Tobar was very pleased with the training and the potential success of the program. He pledged his strong support to help more women go through the program and find employment. A note of thanks to Sandra Short, the teacher of the program and to Etta Johnson who taught ESL to the students. A special note of thanks to the Arlington Presbyterian Church for their partnership with SEEC, and to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Washington Forrest Foundation and the Arlington Community Foundation for their contributions to SEEC to make this program possible.
Shirlington Employment and Education Center hosted two Latina Business Development Training Workshops in 2016 at the Arlington Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall located at 3507 Columbia Pike. SEEC Executive Director Andres Tobar and Board Chair Leni Gonzalez announced that the purpose of the workshops was "to identify up Latino women who are interested in or trying to starting their own business and to bring these Latinas resources and information to help them succeed. The presentations were conducted in Spanish. The Latinas who completed the series of workshops were delighted with the content and discussions on starting one's own business.
The workshops including presentations on how to choose a business, developing a business plan, financing the business and the marketing of the business.