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Beyond Education - CREC Connects Students to Life Changing Opportunities

CREC's Community Education division recognizes one of its students, Freily Medina, for her hard work, dedication, and leadership in and out of the CREC Family Literacy program. Medina arrived in the United States four years ago, apprehensive about her new environment and struggling to understand an unfamiliar language and culture.

"I specifically chose to attend CREC after hearing several recommendations about the outstanding services, teachers, and staff they have available to provide students with the care, support, and education they need to pursue their goals... and that was exactly what I received," Medina said.

She enrolled in basic English classes through CREC’s Family Literacy program, which also provided her two young daughters, ages 2 and 3, with early childhood education. Medina worked diligently to refine her language skills, and as a result of her hard work, was able to qualify for and enroll in the advanced English class the following year.

During her time in the CREC Family Literacy program, Medina, along with the guidance and support of CREC staff, has been able to obtain her driver's license, successfully complete her advanced English course, and secure citizenship in partnership with the Hartford Public Library’s Immigration Department. Medina plans to study in the medical office assistant program at Manchester Community College this spring.

CREC’s Family Literacy program supports students like Freily Medina by offering a wide range of services that allow students to stay focused on completing their education. The CREC Community Education division regularly receives donations from local organizations, including winter coats, gloves, hats, hygiene products, back packs, clothing, diapers, baby formula, and furniture. Access to these items has allowed students to concentrate on their studies, even in times of need. Program participants also receive hot and nutritious meals from House of Bread, along with professional attire from Dress for Success and Savers for job interviews and career fairs. These additional services allow our students to stay focused on completing their education.

CREC congratulates Freily Medina and looks forward to continuing to serve students in the Family Literacy program.

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