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Augustine Cita

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
Career Bridge Program Manager
Seattle
Augustine J. Cita is Program manager of Career Bridge which operates through the Urban
League of Metropolitan Seattle. He worked in the trades as a Master Journeyman installing
Marble and Stone for over 16 years, through Local #1 (BAC) in Washington. Augustine was
promoted to a foremen position, and in 2003 became Senior Project Manager at a commercial flooring company in Seattle by netting large scale construction projects.
In 2006, things took a turn for the worse, and Augustine was sentenced to over 7 years in prison.

With strength, a resolute faith, and a determination, to turn things around, Augustine began to focus his attention on what he terms as “change, from the inside out.” In prison, he began
working for Edmonds Community College helping inmates to acquire their G.E.Ds, and teaching basic computer skills. He established what came to be known as the “Round Table Meetings” using group dynamics to help inmates with self-esteem enhancement. The Round Table Meetings morphed into what would later be called the “Ready 4 Release” class at Monroe Correctional Complex. It was the first of its kind in Washington's prison system where inmates could work to help other inmates without any outside sponsor or supervision. Augustine facilitated the Ready 4 Release class for 31/2 years, and touched the lives of over 250 inmates.

In April, 2014, Augustine was hired by the Urban League as a Program Navigator/Case manager, and facilitator for the Career Bridge program. After successfully completing six Cohorts, including one at Monroe Correctional Complex, he was promoted to Program manager. Today, Augustine works as an independent contractor teaching reentry at Monroe Correctional Complex. By helping to make Career Bridge an accredited program, Augustine was hired as a faculty member at South Seattle College. Today, Augustine is a part-time student at South Seattle College working to obtain a degree in Accounting. He and his wife Zakiya Cita have also founded an organization called “A to Z” assisting men and women who face multiple barriers in their lives. When asked, why he walked away from the trades to do the work he does now, he responded “this is where I belong—it’s where I’ve always belonged…”