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News and Updates
For Immigrants

WES ADVISOR:
Top Six Tips When Using LinkedIn

UPCOMING WEBINAR:
From Credential Evaluation to Credential Recognition

For Practitioners
THE ECONOMIST:
Immigrants to America are Better Educated than Ever Before

THE NEW YORK TIMES:
Lacking E.M.T.s, an Aging Maine Turns to Immigrants 
STAR TRIBUNE:
Immigrants are Key to Minnesota's Future Prosperity 

WNYC:
Refugees Revitalize Buffalo, NY

PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL (PRI):
Getting Highly Trained Immigrants Back to Work

PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA:
Immigrants are Key to California's High Skilled Workforce

NYC COMPTROLLER:
A Blueprint for Strengthening NYC Neighborhoods

Upcoming Events
Short to Long Term Economic Integration for Refugee Employment
Higher Advantage Webinar
July 11
From Credential Evaluation to Credential Recognition
WES Global Talent Bridge Webinar
July 20
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IMPRINT is a coalition of nationally recognized nonprofit organizations focused on immigrant professional integration.

The IMPRINT website includes webinar recordings, policy briefs and key publications to support policy, research and advocacy.
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RFP ANNOUNCEMENTS
Refugee Career Pathways
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has recently announced a competitive grant application for the Refugee Career Pathways (RCP) Program. ORR will fund up to 12 awards in amounts of $150,000 to $250,000 for projects assisting refugees to qualify for licenses and certifications necessary to attain employment, and improve self-sufficiency. 
Allowable activities will include case management, training and technical assistance, specialized English language training, and mentoring. Grantees may also provide refugee participants with financial assistance for costs related to the establishment or re-establishment of credentials, such as obtaining educational credits or enrollment in required certification programs. 
Learn more about this RFP

Technical Assistance Opportunity:
Addressing State Licensing Barriers

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has announced a new technical assistance project, "Occupational Licensing: Assessing State Policy and Practice" to enable state policymakers to improve their understanding of occupational licensure issues and best practices; identify current policies that create unnecessary barriers to labor market entry, and create an action plan that focuses on removing barriers, and improving portability and reciprocity for select occupations.

Selected states will receive technical assistance provided by partner organizations (including WES Global Talent Bridge) and special attention will be given to barriers faced by work-authorized immigrants, along with military veterans and spouses, individuals with criminal records, and unemployed or dislocated workers. Up to 10 states will be selected to participate. Applications are due August 21st.

To apply, see the request for applications (RFA) for details. If you have any questions, please contact NCSL's Suzanne Hultin at 303.856.1531.


      
Recognizing the Value of Immigrant Contributions
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According to the recently released "Untapped Talent: The Economic Costs of Brain Waste," it is estimated that approximately 1.9 million highly-skilled immigrants are working in low skilled jobs or are unemployed - a phenomenon known as "brain waste."

The cost associated with this under-utilization, according to the report, is estimated to be $39.4 billion per year. Now more than ever, our work must speak to the value of fully integrating the skills and experience of foreign educated immigrants and refugees. 

As a founding member of the IMPRINT coalition, WES Global Talent Bridge is proud to be a signatory of IMPRINT's Statement of Principles. Help us in advancing the integration of America's skilled immigrant population. 
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Detroit Convening Explores Innovative Immigrant Integration
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WES Global Talent Bridge, New American Economy (NAE), Global Detroit, and the Michigan Office for New Americans (MONA) recently convened with over 70 attendees representing workforce development, adult education, and the business community to discuss issues and strategies directed at tackling "brain waste" - the unemployment and underemployment of college-educated and professional immigrants and refugees.
Read more on the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network website
Webinar Recap: Exploring Reskilling Opportunities for Immigrant Professionals
icon_webinar_80x80.pngOn June 22, WES Global Talent Bridge and our partners, Upwardly Global and the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (BACH), hosted a webinar on national and local reskilling initiatives geared towards the unique needs of skilled immigrants.

In this webinar, our presenters discussed:
  • Best practices for serving skilled immigrants
  • Opportunities for developing reskilling programs
  • Resources for serving immigrants looking to pursue further training
Watch a recording of the webinar 
New WES Global Talent Bridge Blog - Coming Soon

In the coming weeks, World Education Services (WES) will be launching its new wes.org website. This redesign will include a new WES Global Talent Bridge blog containing up to date, relevant information and resources - stay tuned! 


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Online Resources

Our resources focus on helping immigrants successfully pursue further education, find employment, and qualify for professional licensing and certification. We provide clear advice and offer links to the best available online resources and community programs.
Pathways to Success®

WES Global Talent Bridge conducts events designed to help immigrants utilize their academic credentials and connect with community organizations, academic programs and training opportunities that can help them achieve their goals.

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Evaluation Services

WES provides evaluation reports and online evaluation tools that can help individuals with foreign credentials gain recognition for their academic achievements when they are looking for employment or educational opportunities.

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Global Talent Bridge is dedicated to helping skilled immigrants fully utilize their talents and education in the United States.

Learn more about Global Talent Bridge or contact us at [email protected].