Programs at the Latino Learning Center of Houston

Carmen Maria Montiel is an award-winning television journalist and the winner of the 1984 Miss Venezuela Pageant. A resident of Houston, Carmen Maria Montiel spends her free time working with local nonprofits, such as the Latino Learning Center. Several programs hosted by the Latino Learning Center are designed to benefit communities in Houston that are disadvantaged.

Senior housing: The Latino Learning Center sponsors two apartment buildings that are available as housing for Houstonites who are elderly or disabled. Despite the rising prices the East End, where the apartments are located, these units are priced for individuals with low incomes.

Adult daycare: The adult daycare program provides a way for older members of the Houston community to socialize in an environment supervised by registered health professionals. Attendees of the adult daycare program are able to participate in planned activities, receive breakfast and lunch, and receive transportation to and from the program.

Technical skills: To foster success in Houston’s communities, the Latino Learning Center offers bilingual, entry-level training in home air-conditioning and refrigeration and in residential electricity. Each course runs 12 weeks, and each student receives a certificate after completing either of the programs.

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The Latino Learning Center’s ESL Program

Carmen Maria Montiel

Carmen Maria Montiel is a former anchorwoman and on-air personality from Venezuela. Attending school in both the United States and Venezuela, Carmen Maria Montiel is fluent in both Spanish and English. She volunteers her talents with the Latino Learning Center (LLC) in Houston, Texas, and recently chaired a gala for the organization in May of 2015.

The Latino Learning Center is a Houston-based facility where native Spanish speakers can go to pursue mastery of the English language. Its English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed for members of Houston’s low income community, focusing especially on adult education and elderly services. Through the ESL program, students can learn to speak, read, write, and listen to English comprehensively. In the advanced stages of the program, the LLC instructs students in business terminology and teaches useful business conversation skills.

After completing the class, students receive a certificate to verify their completion. The curriculum costs two payments of $90, and spans a 12-week period.

The Latino Learning Center’s Residential Electricity Education Program

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After a successful career as a bilingual news anchor and producer, Carmen María Montiel currently contributes to organizations like Latino Learning Center in Houston. By leading various fundraising events, such as the 2015 Night with the Stars Gala, Carmen Maria Montiel helps support the Latino Learning Center’s programs.

The Latino Learning Center maintains a number of senior-assistance and educational programs, including the Residential Electricity Education Program. Through the 12-week training program, participants receive basic electrical training designed to help them enter the workforce in apprentice and entry-level positions. The vocational education program is delivered in a bilingual environment to accommodate students whose first language is Spanish while effectively preparing participants to meet a high demand for trained workers in the construction industry.

By emphasizing job-site safety, the Latino Learning Center’s Residential Electricity Education Program also helps prevent workplace accidents among residential construction workers. The program facilitates the educational process through interactive discussions, hands-on learning opportunities, and practical demonstrations.

Dedicated to delivering services to Houston residents from low-income communities, the organization’s Residential Electricity Education program addresses a lack of adult education services and creates a wide range of economic benefits. For example, the program improves the employability of formerly untrained workers, increases workers’ wage earning potential, and reduces the number of people in need of welfare support.

2015 Fashion Show with the Stars

A bilingual television journalist, Carmen María Montiel has served as a news host for the GOP Convention, a producer for WSJK-Channel 2, and a TV host for Venevision, Complicidades. She spent two years on the board of directors for the Institute of Hispanic Culture. Carmen María Montiel has also assisted with numerous charitable fundraising events.

Recently, Carmen María Montiel served as chairperson of the Fashion Show with the Stars, hosted by the Latino Learning Center. The fashion show featured Ms. Ximena Navarrete who earned the title of Miss Universe in 2010, performances from Alex Syntek and Martha Sanchez, and fashions from LUCHO Boutique and Fifty Shades of Blue, Red & Yellow. Designs from Mexican fashion designer Benito Santos also appeared.

The Fashion Show with the Stars took place on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, at the Wortham Center in Houston, Texas. The event, an annual tradition, funds services to seniors and people with disabilities throughout the area, as well as various programs for vocational training and education.

Fund-Raising Events Support Latino Learning Center’s Housing Programs

Carmen Maria Montiel

Carmen Maria Montiel, who enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning bilingual television journalist, currently focuses her efforts on a wide range of philanthropic endeavors. Recently, Carmen Maria Montiel has led a number of events, such as the 2015 Night with the Stars Gala, for the Latino Learning Center in Houston.

These fund-raising events benefit seniors and citizens with disabilities by supporting the center’s various programs and services, including its housing initiatives. In response to a lack of affordable housing for seniors and adults with disabilities, the Latino Learning Center founded two communities, the Eastwood John Goldberg Apartments and the South Houston Vista Apartments.

The Eastwood John Goldberg Apartments were established in 2000 when seniors were rapidly being displaced due to rising property values in the East End. Comprised of 65 units, the senior housing community was completely filled within a week of opening and there remains a one-year waiting list. The housing project was formed through a $236,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank and a $3.6 million grant from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

The South Houston Vista Apartments are located in a serene area near the City of South Houston, with the community’s 46 units nestled in a gated community. With a total of 22 one-bedroom units and 14 efficiencies, the apartments spread across one-story buildings that contain six to eight units.

Vocational Programs at the Latino Learning Center

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A longtime supporter of the Latino Learning Center in Houston, Texas, Carmen Maria Montiel chaired the organization’s annual fashion show in March 2015. Thanks to the efforts of Carmen Maria Montiel and other supporters, the Latino Learning Center sponsors a broad range of human support services for members of the Latino community. In particular, the Center offers vocational training in residential air conditioning and refrigeration.

Designed to address gaps in adult education services for low-income Houston residents, the Bilingual Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program teaches students about the theory and principles of this field. After spending the first two weeks learning about mechanical refrigeration and various system components, students begin operating welding equipment and learning about electricity and circuits.

As a result of the program, the community at large benefits from an increased in trained workers. Students also enjoy a boost in spending power as they advance, which has a positive economic impact on their own communities.