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Supporting the Success of Skilled Immigrants

April 14, 2016
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The White House Task Force on New Americans, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) partnered with IMPRINT and WES to examine some of the barriers foreign-educated workers face in accessing professional employment.

The webinar:

  • Examined some of the barriers foreign-educated workers face in accessing professional employment.
  • Highlighted innovative approaches in funding and employer engagement.
  • Discussed promising practices.

 

Presenters

Johan Uvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Delegated the Duties of the Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Kimberly Vitelli, Deputy Administrator, ETA Office of Workforce Investment, U.S. Department of Labor

Claudia Green
, Executive Director, English for New Bostonians

Robin R. Boggs, US Corporate Citizenship Lead, Accenture


Jump to Past Webinars:

Using Innovative Mobile Phone Technology to Survey Immigrant Radio Listeners (Sept. 29, 2015)

Steps to Success: Integrating Immigrant Professionals in the U.S. (Sept. 21, 2015)

Sneak Peek: IMPRINT’s Survey of College-Educated Immigrants (Aug 3, 2015)

WIOA: An Opportunity to Better Serve Immigrant Professionals? (May 2015)

Filling an Unmet Need: Career Pathways Program for Immigrant Professionals (April 2015)

The Latest Numbers: College-Educated Immigrants in the U.S.(June 2014)

Research Gems: What the Latest Findings Tell Us About Skilled Immigrant Success (March 2014)

Alternative Careers for Skilled Immigrants (March 2014)

Skilled Immigrant Integration Around the Globe (February 2014)

Becoming An Advocate: What Practitioners Need to Know About Influencing Policy (January 2014)

Sparking Economic Development by Investing in Skilled Immigrants (October 2013)

What Journalists Need to Know About Immigration Reform & Skilled Workers (September 2013)

Finding Funding for Skilled Immigrant Services (July 2013)

Integrating Immigrant Health Professionals: A Program Model (May 2013)

Building Employer Partnerships to Foster Skilled Immigrant Success (March 2013)

Promising Practices: How Community Colleges Are Serving Skilled Immigrant Students (February 2013)

Who Are the Skilled Immigrants in Your Community? Gathering the Data (January 2013)

What Adult Educators Need to Know About Serving Skilled Immigrants (December 2012)

Strengthening Rhode Island: A Case Study in Economic Development through Skilled Immigrants (November 2012)


Steps to Success: Integrating Immigrant Professionals in the U.S.

September 21, 2015
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How can communities unlock the full potential of immigrant professionals within their workforce? Which factors have influenced the economic success of foreign-educated immigrants in the U.S.? This webinar answers these questions and more.

We detail the results of our groundbreaking study on the experiences of foreign-educated individuals as they strive to advance within the U.S. workforce and offer recommendations for more fully utilizing their talents and training.

Topics covered include:

  • The challenges faced by foreign-educated professionals entering the U.S. workforce.
  • The success factors that connect to the integration of immigrant professionals.
  • Recommendations for leveraging their talents in our communities.

Presenters:
Jim Witte, Director, Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Policy Analyst at National Skills Coalition

Using Innovative Mobile Phone Technology to Survey Immigrant Radio Listeners

September 29, 2015
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Learn how IMPRINT collaborated with AudioNow, the leading provider of interactive mobile applications for broadcasters, to survey more than 5,500 listeners, including many limited English-speaking individuals who are often not represented in traditional surveys. From Punjabi to Haitian Kreyol, more than 20 stations partnered to broadcast the survey to their listeners in five languages.

The data generated from these surveys created the foundation for our latest report, Steps to Success: Integrating Immigrant Professionals in the U.S.

Hear from IMPRINT’s Stacey Simon about the goals of the survey and how questions were developed. Then hear from Natalie White, Manager of Market Research from AudioNow, about her company’s pioneering “call-to-listen” technology, its survey capacity, and the results it generated.

Presenters:
Stacy Simon, Director of IMPRINT
Natalie White, Manager of Market Research at AudioNow

Sneak Peek: IMPRINT’s Survey of College-Educated Immigrants

Aug 3, 2015

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Take an early look at our findings from our survey of college-educated immigrants, in this special webinar featuring lead researcher Jim Witte of the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University. Jim provides a practical overview of the study’s methodology and approach. He’ll also share intriguing nuggets from the groundbreaking survey, which drew on feedback from more than 4,000 college-educated immigrants in six metropolitan areas.

Jim is joined by Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of National Skills Coalition, who helped shape the survey design before she left IMPRINT in early 2015. Amanda discusses the challenges and opportunities in designing and implementing a survey of this type between a nonprofit and academic partner.

If you are interested in the factors that can help immigrant professionals to succeed, or are contemplating doing a survey of your own, don’t miss this webinar!

Learn more about the IMPRINT Survey | Take a look at the survey questions

Presenters:
Jim Witte, Director, Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Policy Analyst at National Skills Coalition

WIOA: An Opportunity to Better Serve Immigrant Professionals?

May 13, 2015

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Does the recently passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) create an opportunity to improve services to immigrant professionals? Join IMPRINT’s Stacey Simon and National Skills Coalition’s Amanda Bergson Shilcock to get the scoop.

Whether you are a practitioner, policymaker, or philanthropist, you’ll want to be part of this engaging discussion. Learn about the federal requirements and local opportunities for innovation under WIOA. Hear examples of promising practices in adult education and workforce training. Find out how to weigh in on WIOA policy discussions in your state. And get your nuts-and-bolts questions answered!

Learn more about WIOA from National Skills Coalition.

Presenters:
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Policy Analyst at National Skills Coalition
Additional Resources:
Check National Skills Coalition’s state-by-state list of how WIOA adult education funds are distributed

Read National Skills Coalition new comments on immigrants & WIOA
Read IMPRINT comments on WIOA


Filling an Unmet Need: Career Pathways Program for Immigrant Professionals

April 23, 2015

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Join us in this webinar to learn how The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (WCNP) is tapping into foreign born jobseekers for high-priority occupations in the field of healthcare, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through its Immigrant Professional Career Pathways Program.

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians connects newly arrived individuals from around the world with the economic opportunities that they need to succeed in their region. Since opening its doors in 2003, the center has assisted more than 10,000 people from over 140 countries. Read more about why Immigrants Build A Better Future for Philadelphia.

Presenters:
Peter Gonzales, President & Executive Director of WCNP
Manuel Portillo, Director of Immigrant Professional Career Pathways of WCNP

 

Additional Resources:
Download a new handout from WES Global Talent Bridge about Practical Tools for Service Providers Working with Skilled Immigrants that can help you better serve your immigrant clients and/or students.


The Latest Numbers: College-Educated Immigrants in the U.S.

June 2014

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Drawing on the latest data from the 2010 National Survey of College Graduates, this analysis from the American Institute for Economic Research takes a comprehensive look at college-educated immigrants in the U.S.

Get the latest data on skilled immigrants, including place of education and the most up-to-date numbers on income and education-to-job readiness.

Presenters:
Nicole Kreisberg, Senior Research Analyst, American Institute for Economic Research


Research Gems: What the Latest Findings Tell Us About Skilled Immigrant Success

March 2014

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What research on skilled immigrants is out there? How can we use these findings to inform services for skilled immigrants? And what new research needs to be undertaken?

Find out in this engaging webinar featuring Dr. Nicholas Montalto, founder of Diversity Dynamics and the American Immigrant Policy Portal.

Presenters:
Dr. Nicholas Montalto, Diversity Dynamics


Alternative Careers for Skilled Immigrants

March 2014

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Helping Immigrant Professionals Make Career Decisions (handout)

What happens when re-licensing or pursuing their original career isn’t the right option for your client or student? Not every doctor can or should try to become an M.D. again, and not every accountant wants to be a C.P.A.

In this webinar, service providers get practical examples of alternative career pathways for skilled immigrants, and information about how to research other pathways in their communities.

Presenters:
IMPRINT Staff


Skilled Immigrant Integration Around the Globe: A Look At What Other Countries Are Doing

February 2014

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How are other countries integrating skilled immigrants into their economy? In this webinar, Peter Paul and Kim Turner of Maytree discuss initiatives undertaken in Canada and other places around the world to help skilled immigrants reach their full economic potential. We take a close look at programs like ALLIES and discuss how these initiatives can be replicated in the US.

Presenters:
Peter Paul, ALLIES
Kim Turner, Cities of Migration


Becoming An Advocate: What Practitioners Need to Know About Influencing Policy

January 2014

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Why do advocacy? In part 1 of this webinar, we highlight how engaging in advocacy can help your organization achieve its goals and what advocacy looks like in a skilled immigrant context.

In part 2, we provide pratitioners with the knowledge and tools to become effective advocates for their skilled immigrant clients.

Presenters:
Dr. Manuela Raposo, Rhode Island Welcome Back Center (Part 1)
Nicole Burda, American Public Health Association (Part 2)


Sparking Economic Development by Investing in Skilled Immigrants

October 2013

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Skilled immigrants can function as a driving force of economic success — but how do they fit into an economic development agenda? That’s the question tackled in this webinar, which highlights new efforts to integrate international talent into local economies.

We took a close look at NYC Economic Development Corporation and its Immigrant Bridge Program, which connects unemployed and underemployed skilled immigrants to career advice and loans for re-credentialing. We examined how this program fits in a broader suite of economic development initiatives. We also spotlighted how Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is developing and implementing initiatives for global talent attraction and retention in Michigan.

Presenters:
Sara Graham, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)
Miquela Craytor, NYC Economic Development Corporation


What Journalists Need to Know About Immigration Reform & Skilled Workers:

September 2013

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The immigration reform legislation currently moving through Congress proposes to make numerous changes to the US immigration system. Chief among them is a shift from a family-based immigration system to an employment or “merit-based” system.

In this engaging 60-minute webinar, journalists get crucial context for understanding and writing about these proposed changes. They also get important background on the existing immigration system, and the issues at play in revamping it. Lastly, we cover practical information on the skilled immigrants who reside in the US today, including a short tutorial on data sources from which you can get immigration statistics for your local area.


Finding Funding for Skilled Immigrant Services: Case Studies

July 2013

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While there is no specific funding source dedicated to helping skilled immigrants find professional employment, several nonprofits across the country have been successful in securing funding through various sources. In this hour-long webinar, we cover public funding through the Workforce Investment Act and related avenues. Experienced staff from IMPRINT member the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians discusses the process for:

  • Gathering and presenting data to your local Workforce Investment Board
  • Designing an intervention that fits within Workforce Investment Act guidelines

Staff from the International Institute of St. Louis describes the federal funding structure for their immigrant and refugee employment services.

Finally, IMPRINT member Upwardly Global reviews key strategies in making a successful pitch to private foundations.

Presenters:
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Paul Costigan, International Institute of St. Louis
Nikki Cicerani, Upwardly Global


Integrating Immigrant Health Professionals: A Program Model

May 2013

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With 10 sites nationwide, the Welcome Back Initiative (WBI) helps internationally-trained health professionals re-start their careers in the United States. WBI’s model draws on local community college and other resources to guide participants in obtaining the educational and vocational assistance they need. In this webinar, participants hear directly from WBI’s founder, Dr. José Ramón Fernández-Peña, as well as an experienced program staffer, Teresa Betancourt. Learn about WBI’s process for identifying and documenting skilled immigrants’ educational needs, then partnering with community colleges to facilitate completion of gap coursework. Webinar presenters illustrate each aspect of the program model, including peer mentoring, in-depth educational case management, and assistance with applying for US licensure.

Presenters:
Dr. José Ramón Fernández-Peña, Welcome Back Initiative
Teresa Betancourt, San Francisco Welcome Back Center


Building Employer Partnerships to Foster Skilled Immigrant Success

March 2013

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A vital ingredient in any workforce development program is employer partnerships. In this webinar, participants will learn how the national nonprofit Upwardly Global has built multi-faceted partnerships with employers such as financial giant J.P. Morgan Chase and engineering leader Greeley & Hansen, resulting in employment success for UpGlo’s skilled immigrant jobseekers.

Going beyond simply working with Human Resource staff to place jobseekers, participants learn how to design structured opportunities for employer staff to become involved, from one-time mock-interviewing events to ongoing mentoring.

Presenters:
Anne Kirwan, Upwardly Global
Rebecca Silva, Tetra Tech DPK


Promising Practices: How Community Colleges are Serving Skilled Immigrant Students

February 2013

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In this webinar, experienced practitioners from the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education share examples of innovative models being used by community colleges to respond to adult immigrants’ learning needs. Each example includes the specific program model, evaluation results to date, staffing and financing details.

Presenters:
Teresita Wisell, Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education
Staff of Miami-Dade Community College (Project ACE and REVEST program)


Who Are the Skilled Immigrants in Your Community? Gathering the Data

January 2013

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Having good data on the demographics in your community is vital for program planning, proposal-writing, and more. But when it comes to skilled immigrants, finding accurate data can be tough. This webinar provides a practical overview of information available through existing data sources such as the Census, as well as ideas for collecting and analyzing your own data.

Presenters:
Jeanne Batalova, Migration Policy Institute
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians


What Adult Educators Need to Know About Serving Skilled Immigrants

December 2012

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Many adult education programs are serving immigrant English-language learners who were doctors, engineers, or teachers in their home countries. In this webinar, learn how your program can serve these individuals more effectively through additional free resources available to you. Find out how to address learners’ questions about transferring their international degrees or credentials to the US, obtaining employment in their professional field, and more.

Experienced staff at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians cover topics such as:

  • Credential evaluation: helping your students distinguish the reputable from the not-so-reputable
  • Professional licensing: where to get information on state licensure requirements for specific professions
  • Designing an American resume: tips for foreign-born jobseekers
  • Preparing for a job interview: key differences in white-collar interviews compared to entry-level opportunities

The webinar is designed for adult education practitioners, including instructors, case managers, and program administrators.

Presenters:
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians


Strengthening Rhode Island: A Case Study in Economic Development through Skilled Immigrants

November 2012

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How can your state benefit from the skilled immigrants in your community – individuals who are trained in high-demand careers yet may be stuck in low-level jobs?

In this webinar, Dr. Manuela Raposo explains the nuts and bolts of her state’s successful process of identifying and responding to both skilled immigrant and employer needs.

Dr. Raposo walks you through the actions that led Rhode Island to:

  • Establish a thriving Welcome Back Center for internationally trained health professionals
  • Create strong partnerships across government, employers, professional associations, community agencies, and individual jobseekers
  • Introduce smart reforms to the licensing of nurses

Today, the Rhode Island Welcome Back Center, directed by Dr. Raposo, has a 5-year track record of success, sees 90 internationally educated health professionals each year, and boasts a $300,000 annual budget. Rhode Island has moved from discussion to reality in effectively serving skilled immigrants. Learn how they did it — and gain ideas for your own state or region.

Presenters:
Dr. Manuela Raposo, Rhode Island Welcome Back Center

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