News from Emily: Celebrating Success

It felt impossible to build a life there…”

Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) Barbering graduate Diana Dmytrychenko believes Emily Griffith Technical College and Emily Griffith Foundation changed her life.

Diana and her husband emigrated to the United States after Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine.

Diana describes the decision to leave their country: “Even walking down the street was scary and dangerous. I could hear bombs going off on a regular basis. There was so much violence and corruption, the economy was horrible, and it felt impossible to build a life there.”

Diana enrolled in EGTC's English Language Acquisition program, continued on to the College’s free Vocational Transitions program, and finally graduated with her barbering license!

Diana is now looking forward to her mom’s first trip to the United States - a trip Diana was able to pay for because of her new career.

Diana chose to speak at Emily Griffith Foundation's 3rd annual Legacy of Learning Awards because, “Emily Griffith Foundation has helped THOUSANDS  of people just like me. People who struggled to find ways to overcome their challenges and make their dreams come true.” 


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In response to increased anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric and actions, the trainer and job navigator for Emily’s Coffee Training program, Kandyce Pinckney, came up with the idea to create a cookbook that celebrates the diversity and amazing cuisines of our community’s refugees and immigrants.

A PDF version is available on a donation basis (minimum $5). Simply click the donation button, enter an amount and submit. Upon processing the donation, we will send a link to the downloadable version.

While a $5 donation helps to cover administrative fees for the cookbook fundraising program, anything above and beyond will contribute to a fund supporting our refugee and immigrant programming.

Every year,  EGTC serves more than 2,000 refugees and immigrants from more than 90 countries.


The students in this picture represent every one of our colleges at Emily Griffith. 

Congrat to all graduates!

On June 2 at 10 a.m., EGTC's graduates walked the stage at the Boettcher Concert Hall

Students who completed their programs and earned their certificates in the 2016-2017 academic year or who will have completed their programs by July 31, 2017 were recognized at the graduation. 

The graduation ceremony is for all students completing their programs throughout Emily Griffith Technical College including in the Colleges of Health Sciences & Administration, Creative Arts & Design, Trades Industry & Professional Studies, and Adult Education & the Language Learning Center.