The International Institute of Minnesota welcomes New Americans to the Twin Cities and offers them a continuum of services to promote their full integration into our community. The Institute’s programming includes job training and language classes as well as refugee resettlement, immigration, citizenship, and anti-human trafficking services. We are guided by the knowledge that a strong start to a new life enhances the ability of New Americans and their children to contribute fully as members of our community.
Spotlight on Results
Although students in our Nursing Assistant Training are foreign-born and second language learners, our graduates continue to pass both the written and skills portions of the State certification test at a higher rate than all other test takers in the state of Minnesota. In the past five years, 85% of all nursing assistant students were employed following certification. On top of these excellent employment statistics, our graduates have strong job retention records in an industry where turnover is common – 90% are still employed after six months and 88% are still employed after one year. Our Nursing Assistant Training is in its 20th year, and in January we enrolled our 2,000th student.
Refugees are forced from their homes and communities by war, persecution, and famine. When refugees flee, they leave with only what they can carry. Many refugees hope that they will one day be able to return home. The journey to refugee camps is dangerous; many who leave die on the journey. Often the violence the refugees are trying to escape continues until they cross the border into a neighboring country. Refugee camps vary significantly around the world, but they do all share some common features. Refugee camps are intended as temporary establishments for small numbers of people. Camps are often overcrowded, and some of these “temporary” camps have existed for more than two decades. Refugees are resettled only when there is no other option; only about one percent of the 15.9 million refugees in the world are resettled to third countries in a year. Once a refugee is relocated to the United States, they are supported by a Voluntary Resettlement Agency, such as the Institute.