This Guide has been designed to give you practical ideas, suggestions and resources you can use to help internationally-educated immigrants forge a viable career pathway in the U.S. using the credit and non-credit programs available at your community college and existing resources as a launch pad. To stimulate a wider conversation at your college on how best to serve this population of students, here are some specific recommendations for action:
Many foreign-educated immigrants working in survival jobs in your area may have never heard of your community college and have no idea what it has to offer them. Cultivate your relationships with immigrant-serving organizations in your community: refugee resettlement agencies, community-based organizations and service providers, adult literacy groups, local libraries, and houses of worship. Launch coordinated marketing campaigns for your college’s programs in collaboration with these community-based organizations.
Enlist your faculty, current students and alumni to help spread the word in their respective immigrant communities about the kinds of degrees and certificate programs your college has to offer, and about the networking opportunities available on your campus.