|Kafar Hassan with mentor Dean Amadon|
Ethiopian refugee Kafar Hassan's dream is coming true. Forced to leave his son Robel behind in Johannesburg, South Africa where they had found safe haven for several years, Kafar arrived in Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood in 2013 when resettled by local Catholic Charities Migration, Refugee and Immigration Services. In Asylum Hill he found welcoming support and eventually an opportunity to succeed.
Don Shaw, Jr
Writer and Editor
Advanced Manufacturing Coordinator
In response to the need to support both interested job seekers, as well as advanced manufacturing employers, Capital Workforce Partners, working with its education and training partners and 45 manufacturing companies, have helped over 220 adults to get manufacturing credentials and/or jobs in the Manufacturing Industry. This program also provides a great opportunity for low-income individuals to pursue job training as a ladder out of poverty which will have a huge impact on their lives and those of their families and communities.
|Dave Russell, MCC Manufacturing Program Director (left) and Nelson Robles, MCC Manufacturing Instructor (right)|
award Kafar his Precision Manufacturing CPM/CAM 4 certificate
|Nancy Caddigan from Hartford Public Library and Dean Amadon congratulate Kafar Hassan.|
Nancy introduced Kafar to Dean who became Kafar's mentor
Heartbreakingly, Benicia became ill with cancer and passed away in 2015, leaving his son to be cared for by relief workers in South Africa.
|Celebrating Kafar's graduation.|
L-R Tim Blonsky, Dean Amadon, Nancy Caddigan, Kafar Hassan,
Rio Comaduran, Jennifer Cassidy, and Don Shaw, Jr.
(Not pictured is Bernie Michel who took the photo)