N E W S R E L E A S E
April 10, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Russell Seymour, Director, Economic Development
Laurie Pearce Hager, Marketing, La Tienda
La Tienda awarded national 2012 Outstanding Workplace Literacy Program by the Commission on Adult Basic Education
On April 11, the Commission on Adult Basic Education will honor La Tienda with the national 2012 Chester Klevins Outstanding Workplace Literacy Program Award for its six-year commitment to providing English classes for Spanish-speaking employees.
La Tienda offers employees free weekly classes that are conducted during business hours and involve tutors from the local chapter of Literacy for Life. In addition to English classes, La Tienda provides Spanish classes to its English speaking employees and is in the process of rolling out an online educational platform for teachers, Learning.LaTienda.com.
"We saw what a struggle some of these folks were having adjusting in the community as recent immigrants, and it just made sense. The English classes did improve communication at work, but more importantly, the classes helped them in their lives outside of work," said Tim Harris, CEO of La Tienda.
La Tienda offers a selection of over 800 gourmet items from Spain. Family–owned and managed, the business has thirty-five employees who are dedicated to working with artisan and small family businesses in Spain. La Tienda is headquartered in James City County’s Stonehouse Commerce Park, with its Spanish operation based outside of San Sebastian, Spain. Warehouses in Virginia and Alicante, Spain, ship throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Europe.
In 2010, La Tienda received James City County’s Captain John Smith Award for exemplary contributions to the local community. In 2011, La Tienda received the Outstanding Workplace Education Partnership Award from the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education.