Carmen Dingui

Site Supervisor

The Center for Family life
College Leads to Raise and Promotion

While in her 40s, Carmen volunteered to help lead literacy projects with kids at Brooklyn’s Center for Family Life, then went on to work there. She received a GED as a young woman, but had never acted on her desire to go to college. “When I was in high school I struggled because I didn’t speak English properly,” she said. As she grew older, “I was afraid I would have to sit in class with a bunch of young kids” who knew more than she did. Through the Center for After-School Excellence at TASC, Carmen attended a year of classes at Kingsborough Community College. She received professional certification in afterschool. She got a job promotion and a raise in salary. While attending classes she also connected with the school’s financial aid office, which helped her stay in school to earn her Associate’s degree. She plans to continue until she earns a Master’s degree in Social Work.