Celebrating education and diversity were the highlights of the 24th annual Workplace Education Program Celebration of Achievement. On June 6, 150 MGH employees – representing 30 countries, 15 languages and 30 departments – graduated from English and computer classes. Nine honorees also received their U.S. citizenship.

“MGH celebrates diversity and strives to reflect and support the variety of communities we serve,” said Jovita Thomas-Williams, senior vice president of Human Resources. “This program embodies MGH’s commitment to helping employees pursue dreams and achieve personal goals that further their careers and enhance the lives of their families. It was an honor to join in this celebration and I look forward to joining the festivities for years to come.”

MGH Training and Workforce Development partners with JVS, an organization that provides workforce education services, to create these classes that allow employees to further their education and learn new skills. The program offers five levels of English for speakers of other languages and three levels of computer classes.

“It’s not always common to be at a workplace that values your learning as much as MGH does,” said Danielle Le Hals, executive director of Radiation Oncology, whose mother emigrated from Vietnam, works at the MGH and is an alumna of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. “I was lucky to learn English at an early age, but what came easily to me, may not come as easily to you. Just like any other skill, it only gets better with practice.”

This article originally appeared in the 06/28/19 Hotline issue.