Building language skills and securing employment are critical parts of community integration for New Americans. The Institute offers citizenship classes, English and Spanish language classes, and job training programs that provide preparation for the American workforce.
Citizenship – The Institute’s Citizenship class prepares students to become United States citizens.
Language – The Institute offers two distinct English Language classes. Beginning English for Work is for pre-literate, beginning and lower intermediate level English students. It incorporates work and practical life skills. The English as a Second Language classes are for intermediate and advanced English students. A Computer Class offers students basic digital literacy training.
The Institute also offers Spanish language classes at multiple levels.
Accelerated Employment Program – The Accelerated Employment program helps newly arrived refugees, asylees, survivors of trafficking, and Cuban and Haitian immigrants attain economic self-sufficiency within 4 months of arrival in the United States without accessing public assistance.
Medical Careers Pathway for New Americans – The Medical Careers Pathway is a three-component training program for immigrants and refugees interested in entering the healthcare field or advancing their career. Nursing Assistant Training is the entry-level medical careers training. Preparation for furthering education is accomplished through our College Readiness Academy. Medical Career Advancement provides exploration of medical careers for foreign-trained professionals, educational case management and college navigation for those wanting to further their medical careers. In partnership with Saint Paul College, the Institute offers financial and academic support for qualified individuals who are enrolled in the Academic Advantage section of Biology (BIOL 1730) and a pre-Phlebotomy course for those completing Saint Paul College’s Phlebotomy Certificate Program.
Diversity Social Work Advancement Program – In partnership with four local universities and private colleges, the Institute offers academic support to graduate students who are working on their masters degrees in social work.