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Who We Are


Caroline Center was founded in 1996 on the bold vision of Mother Caroline Friess (1824-1892), the woman who established the School Sisters of Notre Dame in North America and whose passion for education and deep concern for persons whom society had marginalized remains central to our mission. We are proud of our commitment to women and commitment to work.

Caroline Center offers a holistic education and career skills training program to capable women who are ready for change - women who would most benefit from the program and would not otherwise have this opportunity. Caroline Center's mission is to empower each woman to reach the fullness of her potential so that she can create a future of hope for herself and her family.

Caroline Center consistently scores above the national benchmarks for workforce development organizations, making it one of the most effective programs in the country.

Caroline Center is a 501(c)(3) organization and is a sponsored work of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Caroline Center is accredited by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the Maryland Board of Nursing, and the Maryland Board of Pharmacy.


What We Do

Caroline Center is a nonprofit workforce development organization serving women in Baltimore. We provide a safe and supportive community (our trainees like to call it "a sisterhood") where women can learn and become their best selves.

Caroline Center is an open door for women who are experiencing unemployment or are stuck in low-wage jobs. We give women the opportunity to receive an education and career skills training that will put them on a path to greater earning and learning potential and will give them significant opportunities for professional and educational advancement.

We serve as a stepping stone for courageous women who are committed to change, have the desire to learn, and who have the capacity to provide compassionate care.

Most importantly, we provide an empowering education and highly effective career skills training program - all inspired by the School Sisters of Notre Dame - that is absolutely life-changing - and, sometimes, quite literally, life-saving - for women who need it most and would most benefit from it.


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Our program prepares women to become knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate healthcare professionals and to practice as certified nursing assistants (CNA), geriatric nursing assistants (GNA), and pharmacy technicians (PT). Many of our pharmacy technician graduates also acquire their national certification (CPhT), allowing them to practice anywhere in the country. Nearly all of our alumnae, however, whether they are CNA/GNA or PT graduates, choose to work right here in Baltimore. We take pride in our graduates. Today, more than 2,000 Caroline Center alumnae are contributing their knowledge and skills to the local workforce and giving back in immeasurable ways to the community and their families by practicing excellent patient care and modeling the positive outcomes of change.



Caroline Center Mission

Caroline Center Mission