New Navigator Programs Help Foreign-Trained Immigrants Overcome Barriers to Employment

A growing number of states and community colleges across the country have taken new measures to help foreign-trained immigrants and refugees qualify for and find professional level work in the United States. California, Michigan, and New York as well as Arizona’s Pima Community College, and Miami Dade College in Florida are all helping foreign-born workers overcome language and other employment barriers through new “navigator” programs.

California dedicated $2.5 million to ensure immigrants and English language learners receive career services and support. In Michigan, $540,000 was awarded to support a refugee navigator pilot program designed to help refugees rejoin their professions by offering a variety of relevant services. New York has recently announced $1 million in funding for 14 navigators to work with low-income immigrant communities across the state. Learn More