Back in Algeria, Ramdane Hanouti was a practicing lawyer. But when he moved to the United States with limited English and almost no support, he found himself starting from scratch again.
For Ramdane, the stepping stone to a better life was Bridges to College, a program of CJP and Jewish Vocational Service. Bridges to College is a preparation program designed to assist students in developing the skills necessary to succeed in college. Aligned with the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repair of the world), the program offers a helping hand to diverse members of the Greater Boston community. At his Bridges to College classes, Ramdane has worked hard to improve his English and find his pathway back to a career in legal services.
The class is free, but success comes with hard work
Thanks in part to funding from CJP, Bridges to College is free for each student accepted into the program. Participants choose between two tracks of study – biotechnology or general studies. During the 23 weeks of class, students improve their English language, math and college-readiness skills.
The program is rigorous and requires significant commitment. Students complete 300 classroom hours and spend countless hours on homework and tutoring. Upon completion, they pursue a degree at Bunker Hill Community College or Quincy College, and receive free job placement assistance.
“This program gave me strength,” Ramdane said. “It helped me keep my eyes on improving my English and getting an advanced degree. College is an opportunity to improve my life and get a better job. I found a family here, and now I’m looking forward to the future.”