Organizational Leadership Alumnus Opens New Learning Center in Southern California

Samir Elmoghrabi (EdD ‘12) and Jeffrey Thrift (EdD ‘12), founders of education organization OST Guiding Hands, celebrated the grand opening of the Guiding Hands Learning Center on Thursday, October 2. The main purpose of the center is to offer quality, research-based, and affordable after-school programs designed to meet the needs of local K-8 schools.

“Guiding Hands’ professional staff and administration work collaboratively with local schools and community members to provide an effective service to the students, with an emphasis on the tutoring aspect of education,” Elmoghrabi said. “Our staff and professional tutors are capable of providing an outstanding service and assistance with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Common Core State Standards.”

The new facility is located in Plaza El Segundo and is currently active with students in the Wiseburn, Hawthorne, and El Segundo school districts. All of the programs offered are education-based for children ages four and up. Services include before and after school programs with transportation to and from school, in addition to individual and group tutoring, and weekend enrichment workshops.

“We are in the process of becoming a nonprofit organization,” Elmoghrabi said. “We eventually hope to expand into local schools so that we can reach more children and help them succeed socially and academically.”

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