Our Alumni

New Futures is proud of our Alumni. Once our Scholars graduate from their selected programs, they are welcomed to the New Futures Alumni Program. Our Alumni Program is made up of a diverse group of professionals working in a range of fields. Throughout the year, our Alumni gather for social events, professional development opportunities and career-oriented meet-up groups.

Meet some of our Alumni

Mechanic at Metro Bus System

Jonathan’s dream is to become a graphic designer, but he first wanted to ensure he had a very secure, well-paying skill that he could always fall back on. He had an interest and aptitude for auto mechanics, so he chose to attend the Excel Institute to obtain his auto mechanic certification. He is working as a mechanic for the Metro Bus System and is getting himself on sound financial footing before pursuing additional schooling in graphic design.



Abdul Osmand SquareAbdul, Fall 2009
Technical Support at CGI Federal

Abdul came to the US as a refugee from Somalia. Upon his arrival, he immediately enrolled in ESL classes and eventually attended a Job Corps program and earned his high school diploma. He joined Year Up, where he acquired IT skills and participated in an internship. Abdul used his New Futures scholarship, awarded in 2009, to earn an A+ certificate from Insyte Training in the fall of 2010. Today, Abdul works in technical support at CGI Federal. Inc. He is pursuing an associate’s degree in Network Engineering at Northern Virginia Community College.


Celia Portillo SquareCelia, Fall 2009
Phlebotomy Technician at Holy Cross Hospital

Celia, an immigrant from El Salvador, was awarded a New Futures scholarship in 2009 with the goal of becoming a diagnostic sonographer. Celia had to put her plans on hold in 2011 to return to her home country to renew her visa. After nearly a year, she returned to the US – to her husband and daughter – and needed to find a job. She decided to enroll in the phlebotomy technician program at Montgomery College, which she completed in May 2012. Today, Celia works at Hold Cross Hospital and is taking prerequisite classes to enter the diagnostic sonographer certificate program at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County.