ERIC Number: ED343652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-7
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Educational Implications for Mainstreaming New Americans.
Several million aliens were given amnesty to become "New Americans" under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. Congress appropriated $4 billion to provide education as well as health services for the eligible legalized aliens under the the State Legalized Immigrant Assistance Grant (SLIAG). A project at Los Angeles Mission College called the Bilingual Professional Expressway established a track for 2,000 immigrant professionals. The project was designed to mainstream "New Americans" into the American workforce and social fabric. The program includes a specialized matriculation process, self-paced accelerated English language instruction, detailed transcript evaluation, general education, assistance with university transfer and credentials or certification, and continuous support services through specially designed workshops and seminars. Preliminary findings on a sample of 14,000 Amnesty-eligible students revealed the following student characteristics: (1) they are 5% of California's population but 12% of the workforce; (2) 90% work more than 49 hours per week and earn $11,440 per year; (3) 68% are married, and 80% have children; and (4) they have gotten very little education from SLIAG, averaging 9 hours of education per year over the 5-year funding period. (JMC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the American Association of Higher Education (Chicago, IL, April 5-8, 1992).