Immigrant Professionals: Guest Led Discussion Begins Jan. 26th
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on January 26, 2016 - 7:17pm
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Hello colleagues, We learned a great deal from the webinar this afternoon focused on working with immigrant professionals. Mike Cruse, moderator for the Career Pathways CoP, and I want to thank Bahiya Carbral-Johnson, Deputy Director of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians in Philadelphia, and Elizabeth Wang, Education and Career Advisor, for sharing the Welcoming Center's story as well as the lessons they've learned in the past few years as they've embarked on a program designed to serve immigrant professionals and support these skilled immigrants onto meaningful career pathways.
We want to welcome two more Welcoming Center staff members, Manuel Portillo, Director of the Immigrant Professionals program, and Nicole Pumphrey, Director of Strategic Partnerships, who will join us for this follow up discussion.
Our guests plan to touch on the following topics over the next three days:
1. The importance of English proficiency, and how the Welcoming Center addresses this need
- - basic ESL
- - advanced English classes with contextualized content
- - integrate English learning with test taking to assist participants' career pursuits
2. The importance of social capital and social networking
- - mentorship program
- - workshops and peer support groups
- - study groups
3. Importance of career coaching and mock interviewing and their impact
- - individual career coaching
- - mock interviews and feedback sessions
- - improving interviewing skills, professional understanding, and significantly increasing the confidence level of participants
You are invited to tell your own story about working with immigrant professionals and to pose questions to our guests. We will be sharing a number of relevant resources and we welcome your sharing of resources as well.
We are looking forward to a lively and informative discussion!
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller & Mike Cruse
Moderators, AELL and Career Pathways CoPs