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This article is the first in a series about Haitian-Americans in New York City pursuing degrees in career and technical education, supported by the Institute for Citizens and Scholars. The first installment looks at what programs are in place to help immigrants receive credit from previous work and educational experience back in Haiti. Future installments will examine a lack of funding for institutions serving communities of color and the struggles Haitian immigrants face while attending night classes at community colleges. 

NEW YORK — When Dugue Dumond first arrived in Brooklyn from Haiti 31 years ago, he worked full-time as the manager of a furniture store in Flatbush, attended Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach, a 45-minute bus ride away, and constantly felt stressed to provide for his daughter, then five. 

Dumond’s program at Kingsborough was supposed to take two years to complete. He finished in four years instead, as he juggled a full-time job and a child.

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