SWBOCES Adult Literacy Center honored by El Centro Hispano

Adult Education leaders 'Thrilled and Honored' by recognition

El Centro Hispano honored the Southern Westchester BOCES Adult Literacy Center for its role as a collaborative community partner at the community organization’s 45th anniversary gala Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains.

“We are thrilled and honored to accept this recognition alongside so many essential collaborative partners who share in our dedication to reaching the entire community with the services and support that are needed,” stated SWBOCES Senior Director of Adult, Community and Career Services Claudia Murphy.

The Adult Literacy Center, a division of SWBOCES’ Center for Adult and Community Services, provides educational programs in communities across the region. Those programs focus on Citizenship Exam preparation, High School Equivalency Exam preparation and English language instruction. El Centro Hispano works to ensure programs are available to those in the community who will benefit from them.

Along with SWBOCES, honorees included Apple Bank for Savings, Key Bank, White Plains City Schools, White Plains Department of Public Safety and White Plains Hospital, among others.

El Centro Hispano’s mission is to assist, support, and strengthen Hispanic families; to help them become self- sufficient; and to ease their transition into their new culture while maintaining and enriching their own. 

"Our Anniversary Gala is a celebration of the progress we have made since 1974 toward realizing these goals. It is a public recognition of Southern Westchester BOCES' role in assisting us in this important issue,” President Cecilia G Bikkal and Founding Executive Director Isabel E. Villar stated in a letter notifying SWBOCES Supervisor Maria Guerrero of the honor.

"It is an honor to support the important role that El Centro Hispano serves in our community. Southern Westchester BOCES is committed to the vision of ensuring a nurturing and supportive environment in which members of the Hispanic community may pursue a better life through education for their families and for themselves," Ms. Guerrero stated.

SWBOCES has worked with El Centro Hispano since 2011, currently collaborating to offer seven classes in ESL Citizenship and HSE/TASC. Last year, they provided instruction to 303 students. Classes such as these are often a first step in making a better life, providing dedicated and supportive instruction. Evening and weekend class schedules help meet the needs of busy adult learners.