An estimated 41% of DC's low-wage workers are immigrants, but without a command of the English language, career advancement is nearly impossible – and time and money for classes are scarce. So Washington English Center fills the gap, providing excellent and affordable English instruction at convenient hours: six days a week, day and night. A team of more than 350 volunteer teachers and tutors offers a sequence of classes from beginner to advanced, focusing on both written and verbal communication and serving 1,700 students each year. Citizenship preparation, computer classes, and a workforce readiness program (including one-on-one job coaching, interview preparation, and job fair field trips) further build skills and empower students. For many, WEC is a community as much as a classroom – the place where they learn, connect, and take the first steps toward achieving the American dream. You can help make this dream a reality.