Faces of NDEC
Like so many other NDEC students, Rosa Morel decided to attend the Center based on a recommendation. “A friend of my daughter-in-law told me about the school,” Rosa says. “She said it was a very nice place to learn, and that everyone was friendly and supportive.”
That was good enough for Rosa. She enrolled in Learning Circle: English for Success and completed the class in March. NDEC partnered with South Boston en Accion to offer the classes at the Boston Housing Authority Homes at Old Colony. “The classes were dynamic and fast-moving,”
she says. “I loved being able to talk with others and meet new people.” Rosa, who was born in the Dominican Republic, moved to Boston in 2002 to live with her daughter. Rosa quickly found a job as a hotel housekeeper, but just as quickly realized that her English skills needed improving. “We were required to have some interaction with the guests,” she recalls, “but I couldn’t understand them and they couldn’t understand me.”
She began studying English in earnest. Once she completed the second level of proficiency, she began the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. She obtained her citizenship on her very first try.
Recently retired from the hotel, Rosa says, “I’m looking forward to continuing to improve my English skills and learning more about computers.”