IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration
The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education, a national network, raises awareness of the important role community colleges play in delivering educational opportunities to immigrants and promotes the range and quality of programs and services for immigrant students among community colleges around the country. CCCIE partners with the American Association of Community Colleges to increase national visibility of critical immigrant education issues. Promising practices are shared through an online database of innovative community college programs serving immigrant students. CCCIE promotes advocacy and outreach through several activities, including educational forums on the re-credentialing process and career pathways jointly sponsored with fellow IMPRINT member World Education Services.
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. We serve the Commonwealth’s one million foreign-born residents with policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, strategic communications, citizenship assistance, and AmeriCorps initiatives that provide capacity-building for community-based organizations. The Coalition involves an active membership of over 130 organizations, including community-based groups, social service organizations, ethnic associations, schools, refugee resettlement agencies, health centers, hospitals, religious institutions, unions and law firms, as well as thousands of individual members, contributors, and allies.
Upwardly Global is a social entrepreneurial nonprofit with offices in San Francisco, New York and Chicago. “UpGlo” helps employers connect to a largely untapped talent pool of work-authorized immigrant professionals. Through six months of free and intensive training, advising, and network-building, UpGlo has helped more than 1,600 job seekers move out of poverty and low-skill survival jobs and re-establish themselves in the mainstream U.S. workforce as engineers, teachers and other professionals earning family-sustaining wages.
With ten locations from San Diego, CA to Boston, MA, the Welcome Back Initiative builds a bridge between the pool of internationally trained health workers living in the US, and communities in need of their linguistically and culturally competent health services. Since 2001, the Welcome Back Centers have identified more than 11,000 immigrant health professionals who need case management and assistance to obtain the necessary credentials and licenses to practice in the United States, market their skills appropriately and effectively, and obtain further education and experience to facilitate integration and find meaningful employment in the health sector.
Based in Philadelphia, the Welcoming Center is a nonprofit economic development organization whose mission is to connect newly arrived individuals from around the world with the opportunities they need to succeed. Since 2003, the Welcoming Center has helped hundreds of work-authorized immigrants establish themselves in the American workforce, obtain evaluation of their international credentials, and pursue the licensure or certification needed to become re-established in their professions.
The mission of World Education Services (WES) is to foster the integration of persons educated outside the U.S. into academic and professional settings. Each year, WES provides over 50,000 individuals with credential evaluation reports that enable them to utilize their academic training in the U.S. By authenticating and explaining foreign education in U.S. terms, WES reports allow employers, professional licensing boards and academic institutions to make well-informed decisions regarding their foreign-educated candidates. Through its Global Talent Bridge initiative – www.globaltalentbridge.org – WES also offers seminars and online resources, as well as technical assistance and policy advocacy, to advance opportunities for skilled immigrants.