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Notre Dame Education Center Inc.

 200 Old Colony Avenue
 South Boston, MA 02127
[P] (617) 268-1912
[F] (617) 464-7924
www.ndecboston.org
[email protected]
Paula Jurigian
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INCORPORATED: 1992
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3181652

LAST UPDATED: 05/09/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

To provide quality education and support services in a diverse caring community that empowers adult learners to realize their full potential.

Mission Statement

To provide quality education and support services in a diverse caring community that empowers adult learners to realize their full potential.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,600,000.00
Projected Expense $1,600,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Workforce Readiness and Career Pathways
  • Youth Services: High School Diploma and High School Equivalency Preparation

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Overview

Mission Statement

To provide quality education and support services in a diverse caring community that empowers adult learners to realize their full potential.

Background Statement

The Sisters of Notre Dame have been educating the poor and immigrant population  in South Boston and surrounding communities since 1860 when they staffed the school that later became known as Cardinal Cushing Catholic High School.  When that closed in 1992 the Sisters continued to see a need to provide education, this time to the adult population of their neighborhood.  Since establishing NDEC in 1992, the Sisters have continued to follow the directive of  their founder St. Julie Billiart,  “to teach and serve the poorest of the poor.” NDEC’s students come from South Boston and surrounding greater Boston communities.  

Impact Statement

Annually, NDEC serves some 700 individuals through programs in three departments.  The  Adult Education Services Department  offers Adult Basic Education and HiSET Preparation (HiSET is the high-school equivalency test that replaced the GED in Massachusetts) as well as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).  The Youth Education Services department comprises the High School Diploma Program and HiSET and Postsecondary Preparation (HPP).  The Workforce Readiness and Career Pathways Model Department's mission is to provide students with the employability and career-specific training that will enable them to succeed in the highly competitive Boston job market.

NDEC students range in age from 16-70 and women represent 75% of the students; all of our students are low-income. Most of the students live in Boston's low-income neighborhoods, primarily South Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park. NDEC’s immigrant students represent over 20 countries and comprise approximately 60% of the overall student body. NDEC students achieve goals which help them move towards establishing economic self-sufficiency, including: attaining a HiSET or High School Diploma; learning to read and write English; getting a better job or a promotion; starting a small business; entering a training program; applying for higher education; becoming more involved with their child’s education; and, being awarded a scholarship.  

Needs Statement

1. Development Resources
2. Technology Updates
3. Volunteers
4. Diversifying Funding Sources

CEO Statement

 

Welcome to Notre Dame Education Center (NDEC) a premier adult basic education center since 1992!  It is my hope that you will find our Center’s website providing significant information about our programs and staff, yet more importantly, sharing stories about and from our students that describe their powerful experiences, successes and accomplishments.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have diligently served in the South Boston community for over 150 years bringing the love of education and lifelong learning to adult learners and youth alike.NDEC continues this educational history and legacy today through our NDEC mission to “provide quality education and support services in a diverse caring community empowering our adult learners to realize their full potential.”  The Center’s goal is to provide our students with the tools to succeed in school, to compete in the job market, and to achieve financial independence for themselves and their families.  During these 22 years of service, over 9,000 students have walked through our doors to learn English, obtain their High School diploma or HiSet certificate, receive their U.S. citizenship, become grounded in the necessary skills to attain a better or new job in the current workforce arena, or take that next step into post-secondary education.  Our students are residents of South Boston, Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and beyond to several neighboring communities.

  This academic year, NDEC launches our Workforce Readiness Initiative (WRI), formerly known as the Job Development Program. This new expanded initiative seeks to teach employability skills and technical training so that upon program completion or graduation, our students have comprehensive preparation for today’s workforce or college bound enrollment.   In addition to increasing skills, credentials, and job-readiness, the Workforce Readiness Initiative assists our students to enter and advance in the labor market, and move toward economic self-sufficiency.

  I invite you to visit us at 200 Old Colony Avenue or learn about NDEC through our social media sites at Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.  We appreciate and value your continued support and selfless giving that provides the gift of education for our students and keeps “Hope Alive” for themselves and their families


 


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
South Boston and the Greater Boston area

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
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Programs

Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency

The overall goal of the program is for students to reach their full potential in reading, writing, mathematics, and computer skills. Most students have a short-term goal of attaining the HiSET, which will enable them to pursue both post-secondary education and employment. Students often collaborate with NDEC's Workforce Readiness and Career Pathways program, which offers customized support and services.
 
Curriculum - Levels 1 and 2 cover basic skills in all areas. Level 3 students participate in the Student Achievement in Reading (STAR) program, which systematically addresses residual problems in alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Remediation in these areas prepares students to succeed in Level 4, which focuses on HiSET preparation for five tests (Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science); software such as IXL, Aztec, and Skills Tutor complement classroom instruction and promote independent learning at all levels. Significant class time is devoted to helping students master the organizational, research, and study skills required for both postsecondary education and career success.
 
Classes - The average class size is 15. Instruction and learning take many forms: reading and discussion,; lecture; small-group work; short projects; and review of selected videos connected to the curriculum. Volunteers frequently support the classroom teacher so that each student may receive the support needed to thrive. Additional tutorial support is also available outside of class. Students in this program have a wide variety of educational backgrounds, strengths, and challenges; the program strives to provide the many types of support that will help students to persevere.
 
Budget  $440,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees College Aged (18-26 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of class sessions, student exhibit an increased ability in reading and writing within their level. This increase in ability leads to an increase in overall academic confidence, with a large portion receiving their GED upon completion of the program.
Program Long-Term Success  NDEC's Literacy Program hopes to help students realize their full academic potential and increase their confidence in their reading and writing abilities. By doing this, new doors and opportunities are opened for our students in the form of higher education, or job opportunities.
Program Success Monitored By  We monitor our success by tests administered, as well as outcomes; the number of students who receive their GED, pursue high education, or obtain jobs.
Examples of Program Success  Several of our students have gone on to receive their GED and attend esteemed colleges and institutions and/or gain employment.   

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

The overall goal of the ESOL program is for students to develop and refine listening, speaking, writing and computing skills, so that they can make rapid progress toward their own academic, vocational, or employment "next steps."  Two services, Distance and Online Learning for ESOL Students and the Citizenship Program, provide additional support and are discussed below.  This program serves more than 200 students annually in four level of classes.

Distance and Online Learning for ESOL Students -- NDEC is the hub for and a partner is ESOL distance and online learning in Massachusetts.  Participation in this service provides many ways to build language skills: additional instruction, a weekly conversation class, an online community website and blog, and other supports tailored to the individual. Participants spend a minimum of 5 hours a week online. Contact Margaret Lanen, SND, Distance Learning Coordinator, at (617) 268-1912, Ext. 303, or [email protected]
 
Citizenship Preparation -  Citizenship classes are offered to students who are in the process of naturalization.  The classes focus on the basics of United States history, the role of its government, and the responsibilities of its citizens.  Assistance is provided in the preparation of the N400 naturalization application. Case management and immigration counseling services are available. To enroll in citizenship classes, students must be at least 18 years old; have had their Green Card for at least five years (at least three years if married to a U.S. citizen); be prepared to present their Green Card at the first class; and speak, read, and write basic English at the NDEC ESOL Level 3 or 4 (or test to that level if not enrolled in NDEC classes). There is a $75 registration fee due at time of acceptance for applicants who are not NDEC students.  For further information or to apply, please contact Sr. Gerry Stanton, SND, Immigration Case Manager, at (617) 268-1912, or email [email protected].


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Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  -
Program Long-Term Success  -
Program Success Monitored By  -
Examples of Program Success  -

Workforce Readiness and Career Pathways

The overall goal of the program is to provide students with employability skills and technical training that will enable them to succeed in the very competitive Boston job market. This program serves over 200 students annually in four distinct tracks, summarized below.
 
Track 1: Customer Service  - This six-week training program is for students wishing to obtain an entry-level position in customer service, hospitality, or retail. The three program components are Customer Service Skills; Job Readiness; and the Math, Reading, and Locating Information sections of the Career Ready 101 program.
 
Track 2 - Office Skills and Technology - The six-week training program includes three components: Office and Technology Skills; the  Math, Reading, and Locating Information sections of the Career Ready 101 program; and a 45-hour evaluated internship. Upon program completion, students receive the National Career Readiness Certificate and are encouraged to participate in an optional medical terminology course that offers an associated certificate. This program is intended for those aiming for full-time employment and with interest in office careers in the health-care sector.
 
Track 3: Individualized Career Coaching - Participants are typically ABE and HiSET or ESOL students. Services provided include resume and cover letter preparation; networking and information interview sessions; online application skills; job-search skills; and 30-minute weekly sessions with a career coach.
 
Track 4: Post-Placement/Already-Employed Services - Offered to current NDEC students or alumni. Available services are similar to those in the Individualized Career Coaching track.
 
Budget  $519,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  We measure our student's success based on how they move through the four levels of ESOL. As they progress to the next level we see their writing, reading, and speaking skills improve.
Program Long-Term Success  The long term success of our ESOL program is measured both in and outside of the classroom. By learning English we hope to help students build confidence, get employed, or pursue higher education.
Program Success Monitored By  Student success is measured by surveys and teacher evaluations which measure the writing progress as well as verbal evaluations which measure a student's speaking ability.
Examples of Program Success  Our program success is measured through our student success. Many students of culturally diverse backgrounds have walked in our doors with little to know English speaking ability, and walked out of our doors a more confident and competent person. By providing our students with the necessary tools to succeed we are helping them obtain jobs, pursue higher education, and/or become a U.S citizen.

Youth Services: High School Diploma and High School Equivalency Preparation

This program combines two current NDEC options for Boston-area youth - the High School Diploma (HSDP) and High School Eqivalnecy (HSE) preparation. Both options are summarized below. The overall goal of the program is for students ages 16-24 to obtain a high school diploma or equivalency. Comprehensive wraparound counseling services using a case-management model are employed to address the many needs of this population.

High School Diploma Program - The Alternative High School Diploma Program (HSDP) is a long-standing partnership with Cathedral High School.  Students ages 16-21 who have already earned 10 high school credits engage in coursework to complete their graduation requirements. Apex online learning classes are also available. All students participate in a College and Career Exploration course designed to assist in planning for postsecondary education or employment. The average class size is 12.
 
High School Equivalency Preparation - The average class size is 12. Two class levels will be offered:
  • Pre-HSE classes - Students will focus on the fundamental reading, writing, and math skills that must be mastered before beginning HiSET studies; computer skills will also be a key part of the curriculum. Students will work toward mastering the fundamentals both in classes and in individual tutorials. In addition, students will participate in visits to area colleges and develop a career plan.
  • HSE classes - Students will work on the five test areas - Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science - and move toward HSE testing and completion. Computer skills will also be a key part of the curriculum. In addition, students will participate in visits to area colleges and develop a career plan. 
 
 
 
 
Budget  $330,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Dropout Programs
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers College Aged (18-26 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Completing classes and receiving a High School Diploma is the short term goal, though the expectation and goals we have for our students are much higher, as we hope to see them pursue higher education as well as reach their career goals. 
Program Long-Term Success  Our expectation is that students will finish their time here with a portfolio of their strongest academic work, resumes, letters of recommendation, and proof of applying for work and college by the time they graduate.
Program Success Monitored By 
Our success is monitored by:
1. Statistics - How many of our students complete the program and receive their high school diploma.
2. Outcomes - Where our students are placed post-graduation.  
Examples of Program Success  Several of our students have enrolled in colleges after graduating from NDEC.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

NDEC’s overall goal is to provide underserved adult  learners with the tools to succeed in school, to compete in the job market, and to achieve financial independence through our educational programs. NDEC’s programs include English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); the Literacy/GED program, which offers a continuum of literacy programs and GED preparation; Learning English At a Distance (LEAD), which is NDEC’s online ESOL program; the High School Diploma Program (HSDP); and Support Services, which includes Job/Career Counseling, Educational Counseling, Educational Technology, Immigration Case Management and Citizenship Preparation, and Tutoring.  NDEC offers a broad range of services under one roof. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Rose Durante Esq.
CEO Term Start July 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Ms. Durante had been Finance Director of NDEC from November 2012 to June 2015. Prior to that, she was in private practice as an attorney and C-level executive strategist.  She also served as General Counsel for the private office of U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Richard Egan, whom she also served as Special Assistant during his time as ambassador. Ms. Durante also was chief of staff for Mr. Egan when he was Chairman of EMC Corp. of Hopkinton. She was a crucial player in the spinoff of Interface Systems Group from Interface Electronics Corp., where she was director of Executive Operations. A graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School, Ms. Durante has been recognized with the U.S. Department of State's Franklin Award, in recognition of her outstanding work. She has been admitted to practice before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Sr. Joyce Khoury Jan 2010 June 2015
Anne Metrick Jan 2003 Dec 2009

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 13
Number of Part Time Staff 32
Number of Volunteers 60
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 90%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 43
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 39
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Charles Shedical
Board Chair Company Affiliation Brookline Bank
Board Chair Term Sept 2018 - Aug 2021
Board Co-Chair Mr. Paul Solano
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation YMCA Malden, MA
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2012 - Sept 2015

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Daniel J. Braz CFA State Street Global Advisors Voting
Geraldine Burns SND Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Voting
Karen Cohn Brookline Bank Voting
John Danahy Fidelity Investments Voting
Robert Deininger NorBella Voting
James Fowkes Community Volunteer Voting
Scott Kirwin Fidelity Investments Voting
Charlotte B. Knox Community Volunteer Voting
Anne Malone SND Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Exofficio
Ellen McAdam SND All Saints Academy, Webster/Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Voting
Charles R. Shediac First Common Bank Voting
Susan Thornell SND Emmanuel College - Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Voting
John Vanasse John Hancock Investments Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,168,857 $1,445,646 $1,718,959
Total Expenses $1,912,515 $1,840,266 $1,876,974

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $918,339 $833,671 $837,221
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $918,339 $833,671 $837,221
Individual Contributions $253,934 $214,950 $431,543
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $2,006 $2,632 $10,796
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-21,451 $367,351 $399,763
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $10,054 $27,042 $39,636
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $5,975 $0 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,305,333 $1,230,041 $1,282,731
Administration Expense $432,353 $366,455 $411,709
Fundraising Expense $174,829 $243,770 $182,534
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.61 0.79 0.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses 68% 67% 68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 15% 23% 14%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $4,504,514 $5,338,989 $5,843,056
Current Assets $262,039 $539,200 $300,239
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 --
Current Liabilities $66,541 $111,349 $100,208
Total Net Assets $4,437,973 $5,227,640 $5,742,848

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $5,000,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.94 4.84 3.00

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
 
The June 30, 2012 net assets have been restated to correct two misstatements. Please refer to Note 6 of the FY13 audited financials for more information.

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

NDEC’s aims for the future are connected to seeing its vision realized: “a world where all people have access to the education and support services they need and where students will acquire skills that will empower them as citizens, as family members, as participants in the workforce, as well as the community”.  Our long term goals seek to create a stronger bond with the community, first by expanding our career services opportunities to low-income Boston residents who are not currently NDEC students. NDEC hopes to increase the number of underserved individuals that are on track to complete their educational program, and ultimately attain certification in their respective field. We also seek to expand employer partnerships and provide local businesses with the opportunity to provide input on curriculum for our students. This will allow us to receive feedback on what they are looking for in a successful employee and keep current on employment needs of the business community. These partnerships can also serve as stepping stones for our students to use to find employment or internship opportunities. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

NDEC is constantly seeking opportunities to collaborate with other organizations to share resources, improve services and reduce cost and duplication of services. Furthering these collaborations will enhance our vision of providing an educational opportunity to all who desire it. Access to the community through a number of different vehicles and opportunities.  We are also looking to expand employer partnerships and provide local businesses with the opportunity to provide input on curriculum for our students. This will allow us to receive feedback on what they are looking for in a successful employee and keep current on employment needs of the business community. These partnerships can also serve as stepping stones for our students to use to find employment or internship opportunities. 

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

 

 

We believe that these are the five necessary prerequisites for accomplishing our goals.

 

1. Common purpose. The first requirement is a center-wide commitment to our mission statement: “NDEC is committed to providing quality education and support services in a diverse, caring community that empowers adult learners to realize their full potential.” Imbedded in this statement is an understanding that “full potential” means the development and execution of a plan that will lead to a personally and financially rewarding career. As a staff, we want for our students the same wonderful gifts the staff enjoys: a love of learning simply for the sake of personal growth—and also worthy work that completes us as human beings and ensures our financial survival. Our program director demonstrates to staff and students alike her commitment to our mission by teaching a morning ESOL math class.

2. Educational services that meet student priorities. We have invested significant resources to meet the need that students most often express as their top goal: to obtain a good job. With the exception of the Literacy and Academic Achievement program, all programs have postsecondary education and career pursuits as the centerpiece. We are particularly proud of our in-house 8-week Office Skills and Training and Customer Service programs. The value of operating these programs and connecting students with employment, often with our partners, is inestimable.

3. Committed staff. The vast majority of our students do not have the benefit of well-educated families who can help them develop a life plan and carry it out; we fill in this very critical gap. Our role is to use all of the tools in our collective toolbox to help students learn about the numerous postsecondary education and career options available to them. We start the process with engaging on lots of conversation—individually and in groups—so that students can start to consider what they would like to accomplish. Students work with the education and career specialist to develop detailed career ladders that detail the steps that they must accomplish in order to reach their goals.

4. Partner involvement. NDEC is fortunate in the quality of its workplace and education partners. We rely on them to meet with our students in a variety of forums—job fairs, mock interview, and industry-specific panels that explain, for example, how one might become a phlebotomist or hotel concierge. Our partners understand that our students sometimes lack self-confidence, so they always emphasize the employers are always seeking hardworking, reliable people. Partners are often willing to take students on site visits so that they can develop a sense of a particular workplace. Some partners also work with us to develop internships, which can sometimes lead to fulltime employment.

5. Program metrics. Reviewing and analyzing program outcomes is key to continuous improvement. We rely on students for detailed feedback regarding staff and programming. We recently received a grant to help us to expand our abilities to look at statistics regarding postsecondary pursuits, employment, and income our students experience after leaving NDEC.



4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We will measure progress toward meeting our goals in a variety of ways.

1. Analysis of metrics. NDEC will serve 500 unduplicated students in FY18 through its four distinct programs. Those programs and their respective enrollments are as follows: Literacy and Academic Achievement, 196 students; College and Career Pathways, 205 students; High School Diploma Program (HSDP), 20 students; and HiSET and Postsecondary Preparation (HPP), 20 students. As indicated in impact question #1, we have developed specific and detailed goals for students in each program. As we continue to expand our data collection and analysis capabilities, we will be better able to see where we are meeting short-term goals (1-year horizon) and long-term goals (2-year horizon).

2. Biannual detailed student surveys. Our students have very specific needs regarding their futures. They have shown a remarkable ability both to describe those needs as well and the degree to which NDEC is enabling them to meet their postsecondary education and career benchmarks. The surveys contain several components in which students provide valuable feedback regarding the following topics: departmental structure; staff teaching expertise; staff counseling skills; employment-related activities; in-house short-term vocational training; assistance with obtaining employment; and access to skilled volunteers via the Student Opportunities Initiative (SOI).

3. Collaboration with NDEC student leadership team. Results of the student surveys will be shared with the student leadership team, whose members will receive a stipend for attending six meetings annually.

4. Biannual detailed surveys and follow-up meetings NDEC staff. The staff surveys focus on several key questions: Do our goals for each program still make sense, or do they need to be adjusted? What are we doing that’s working well? What do we need to add? Our programs absolutely need the honest and thoughtful involvement of every single staff member.

5. Increased coordination with workplace partners. Our ever-increasing short-term in-house vocational training programs demands a widening and deepening of our work with our partners in postsecondary education and employment areas that connect most directly to our training (office skills and technology and customer service; our two-level medical terminology courses are strongly recommended for students in these training programs.


6. Feedback from our state, city, and private supporters. NDEC is fortunate in attracting funding from an impressive range of funders, the majority of whom provide detailed responses to our programs following annual site visits. These supporters interact with many other adult education centers and are therefore able to share the best practices they have observed in other programs.

7. Constant check-in with NDEC alignment with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) principles and priorities. We are committed to working closely with all of the signatories of the WIOA Umbrella Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). They are as follows: the Boston Private Industry Council (Local Workforce Development Board); Mayor Martin J. Walsh (Chief Elected Official); and the One-Stop Career Center (OSCC) Required Partners. The latter group includes representatives from federal and state agencies focusing on basic and postsecondary education, employment services, veterans’ services, rehabilitation services, and services for needy families. Never before has cooperation been more critical for all of the stakeholders in our field.


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Statistics show that NDEC’s method of Adult Basic Education has proven results which are reflected in student accomplishments post NDEC and beyond as students attend colleges and universities that include Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Bunker Hill Community College, Northeastern University, Roxbury Community College, UMASS Boston, as well as entering meaningful employment with companies such as BNY Mellon and MASS Save, becoming entrepreneurs or entering training programs. NDEC’s pride in accomplishments is always about its students who face enormous challenges juggling family and work commitments to pursue this education. NDEC is entering its third decade of providing these life changing programs in South Boston, and has reached over 7,000 adults in its history. During the 2013-2014 school years, NDEC is happy to report 43 students enrolled in our certification programs, 31 have graduated. Of these certification graduates, to date 27 obtained new jobs and 2 have opted to pursue secondary education. They have pursued certifications and secondary education in Home Health Aide, Medical and Office Skills services. NDEC staff will continue to track the progress of these graduates as we seek to continuously support, challenge and encourage our students every step of the way, so they can realize their goals and make the Greater Boston community a better place.