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Community Connection                      Volume 2

As a community we know the power of unity. We are a collectivist culture. What affects our neighbors, affects us.
We Resist. We Move Forward.

On February 13, 2017, Latino Academy staff joined 50,000 people who took to the streets of Milwaukee to march for Dia Sin Latinos an event organize by Voces de la Frontera.
Latino Academy staff works diligently to keep student educated and informed on local policies and initiatives. One example of information shared is the Press Release above from the Dane County Chiefs Association stating support for safe immigrant communities. 
On Tuesday, February 14, WPR reporter Alex Hill came to Latino Academy searching for students to share their story. We had brave students that shared their concerns about the current political climate. Read the story by clicking here. 
LATINO ACADEMY'S STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Meet Elvis: From Unemployed To Company Ambassador 

This month we want to feature one of the most charismatic students we have had the pleasure of working with. Elvis is a 2016 Bilingual Construction Program graduate. He is now working with our employer partner, Stevens Construction Corp. Prior to the program, Elvis had some trouble finding an employer that he felt was investing in him. He has now been with Stevens Construction Corp. for 9 months! As an employee, he has been a spokesperson for the construction Trades in schools around Madison and on our radio program speaking to the community. Elvis was the first person to come to mind when United Way asked us to feature a student for their CEO Agency Site Tour. He spoke about his professional ambitions and his new career!

THE HARD FACTS AND OUR IMPACT

According to the United States Department of Labor, Occupation Safety and Health Administration falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in the calendar year 2015, 364 out of 937 total deaths in construction in CY 2015 (38.8%) were due to falls.

Theses statistics are stagger and at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development, we want to ensure a trained and educated workforce. Thanks to our partnership with the Latino Workers Safety Center we are able to provide this course once a month. Our long time instructor Francisco Valdes teaches a 4-hour session that packs in crucial safety procedure for multiple industries.

On Saturday, February 25, 2017,  Francisco educated 12 workers on how to protect themselves from falls on the job. Students left informed and with resources on what to do if they needed to report an incident.                                                                           
CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES
Thank you again to those that helped us celebrate our 2016-2017 GED and CDL Graduates. The memorable night highlighted the beauty of hard work, determination and perseverance. "The future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt 
VOLUNTEER WITH LATINO ACADEMY
The Latino Academy invites you to join us as a volunteer for the annual Dia De Los Niños Celebration. Help us preparing fruit bags Friday, May 5, 2017, from 3-7 PM or enjoy the festivities the day of and help serving food Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10AM-3 PM. Email carla@latinoacademywi.org to sign up! Groups welcome. 
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