Walking the Talk: How University Communities Can Foster Opportunities for Refugee Students

Walking the Talk: How University Communities Can Foster Higher Education Opportunities for Refugee Students & Scholars As part of an ongoing collaboration to scope what the U.S. higher education community is doing to support refugees and at-risk migrants, the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM) and the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and […]

Career Outcomes and Pathways of International Students and Alumni

It is only in recent years that research has begun to document the career outcomes and pathways of international students and alumni. The following resources include key evidence on the longer-term trajectory of international students that have studied in the U.S. and have either remained in the U.S. or returned home. Career Prospects and Outcomes […]

Promising Practices: Highline College (The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center)

The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center at Highline College (PSWBC) in Highline College is a program that aids educated professionals recertify to work in the United States. Individuals educated internationally receive help on the pathway to return to their chosen career in Washington State. PSWBC started in 2008, initially serving healthcare professionals, but in 2014 expanded […]

Promising Practices: South Texas College (Integrated Career Pathways)

The South Texas College’s Integrated Career Pathways (ICP) program is designed to allow certain immigrant students without a high school diploma or high school equivalency (HSE) certificate to transition from contextualized English as a second language (ESL) into credit-bearing postsecondary occupational programs while acquiring an HSE certificate and basic literacy skills. The ICP program offers […]

Promising Practices: Portland Community College (IET Career Pathways)

Integrated Education and Training (IET) Career Pathways are specifically designed to meet the needs of non-native English speakers, including immigrants, who may have a breadth of education and experience in their native country but need to develop their English communication skills, earn industry-relevant credentials, and/or apply their skills and knowledge within the context of the […]

Promising Practices: Pima Community College (Transition to U.S. Workforce)

Transition to U.S. Workforce is a program for highly skilled immigrants and refugees who are able to speak, read and write English at an intermediate level or higher and have either some college or career/professional background from their country of origin. Currently, the program is on an as-needed basis using a workshop model. Workshops focus […]

Promising Practices: Pima Community College (Refugee Education Program)

The Refugee Education Program (REP) is a non-credit program within Pima Community College’s Adult Basic Education for College and Career (ABECC), which provides English Language Training (ELT) to adult students who hold refugee status. REP offers ELT classes at three levels: Adult Emergent Reader, Low Beginning, and High Beginning. The classes are held Monday through […]

Promising Practices: Northern Essex Community College (PIÉS Latinos)

The PIÉS Latinos de Northern Essex Community College (NECC) is a program that helps local immigrants validate their foreign educational credentials and move into better, more in-demand jobs in the local workforce. It assists highly skilled immigrants working in low-skill/low-paying jobs to get into job positions that better align with their professional skills and credentials. […]

Promising Practices: Montgomery College (WorkPlus+ Program)

The Montgomery College WorkPlus+ program features entry-level English language courses that focus on the exploration of careers, the world of work, and core concepts in specific career sectors. As students enter the intermediate and advanced levels of English (per the U.S. Department of Education’s National Reporting System for adult education), a co-taught approach is used […]

Promising Practices: Miami Dade College (Foreign-Trained Professionals Program)

The Miami Dade College Foreign-Trained Professionals (FTP) program is a one-stop-shop for individuals with foreign academic credentials seeking to continue their careers in the United States. As such, the program provides academic guidance and support services for credit and non-credit students seeking information regarding the credentialization of foreign degrees, licensing, and certification courses. The goal […]