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ERIC Number: EJ1200813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Building Bridges: Tailoring Workplace Training Programs for Immigrants and Refugees
Boerner, Heather
Community College Journal, v89 n3 p26-31 Dec 2018-Jan 2019
By 2030, experts expect one in five American workers to have an immigrant background. And there are already 44 million immigrants in the United States. Most arrive with unmet workforce training needs. Even those with advanced degrees from their own countries can face language and cultural barriers that can leave them stuck in jobs that squander their talents. Community colleges may be an obvious answer to this disconnect. After all, community colleges are already working on the skills gap in many regions, and already work with local employers to develop training programs that meet their needs A lot of pieces are in place, but training immigrants can pose logistical challenges--chiefly that immigrants without GEDs or without evidence of advance degrees can't enroll in college courses. Almost universally, it's the non-credit side of the college that addresses these needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High School Equivalency Programs; High Schools; Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas; Maine; Arizona