Immigrant Workforce Learning Community (IWLC)

January 2019
Resource
Issue Brief
A policy brief that considers the benefits of launching partnerships between adult education organizations and Career and Technical Education (CTE) providers.
October 2018
News
News Article
Many immigrants have years of work experience. ‘Upskilling’ programs are helping them use that knowledge.
This radio program looks at efforts to "upskill" immigrant workers by helping them utilize their existing skills in higher level positions throughout the American workforce.
October 2018
News
News Article
St. Louis' immigrant, refugee workforce to get assistance from federal grant
Despite bipartisan consensus over the economic importance of immigrant and refugee labor, many immigrants struggle to find their footing when first attempting to find work in the United States.
October 2018
News
Blog Post
Newly proposed immigration "public charge" rule would harm immigrant workers and US businesses
This week, the US Department of Homeland Security proposed a rule that would make it significantly harder for many immigrants who are here legally to stay in the country. Under this new "public charge" rule, immigration officials could deny green cards or visa changes for individuals who get any of a number of public benefits or are deemed likely to receive benefits in the future. 
October 2018
Resource
Issue Brief
English Plus Integration: Shifting the Instructional Paradigm for Immigrant Adult Learners to Support Integration Success
This policy brief proposes a new instructional model that maintains a central focus on English acquisition while also building the critical skills and systems knowledge important for long-term integration success.
September 2018
Program
Group Meeting
How are immigrant-serving worker centers (often called “day laborer” centers) and community-based organizations partnering with community colleges to create skill-building opportunities for workers, including undocumented workers? Get a practical overview from experts during the webinar. 
August 2018
News
News Article
More than two years have passed, but the image is still fresh in the collective consciousness of the San Luis Obispo County agricultural community: The anger and threats that led to a destructive fire and then, ultimately, the abandonment of seven homes in Nipomo. They were nearly ready to house 112 foreign strawberry field workers on temporary visas—until someone decided put a match to it.
July 2018
News
Commentary
Immigrant workforce is critical for Minnesota's economic growth
A recent visit to southwestern Minnesota by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis president reaffirms what many economic experts already had determined, but the message bears repeating: Rural Minnesota needs immigrants to work and live here.
July 2018
Resource
Factsheet
Opportunities for Upskilling the Immigrant Workforce
This two-page factsheet takes a close look at characteristics of the immigrant workforce, making a case for how important it is to consider immigrant workers when developing local workforce development strategies.
July 2018
Resource
Factsheet
Upskilling the Immigrant Workforce to Meet Employer Demand for Skilled Workers
This factsheet examines the size and characteristics of the immigrant workforce and explores key strategies that organizations in three cities are using to support training this population. 

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