100% of Latino Graduates Start Trades Careers with Centro Educativo Latino's Workforce Development Program

The Centro Educativo Latino workforce development program at Lenoir Community College is a pivotal resource for the Spanish-speaking community and home to the nation’s first NATE HVAC hybrid certification program in Spanish.

In this case study, discover how Centro Educativo Latino:

  • Reached 99% program graduation rate
  • Achieved a 100% NATE Core certification and state EPA certification attainment rate among graduated students.
  • Reduced student enrollment fees to 3% of comparative state-funded programs
  • Supported 100% of graduates in joining the trades workforce, with 75-80% becoming entrepreneurs
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“When students show up to local employers with three community college certificates, NATE, the State EPA certification, and a portfolio of about 34 Interplay HVAC certificates, the employer says to us, ‘We need more of these people.’ So we stay well-connected and funnel our students into the workforce when they meet employers’ qualifications.”

carlos cotto

Director of Centro Educativo Latino and LCC’s Associate Dean of Workforce Development and Latino Programs

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