About the event:

Join us to learn more about the WES Gateway Program in the United States. The program helps admissions staff in academic institutions and professionals in licensing bodies assess non-verifiable documents of refugees and other displaced individuals.

Through the Gateway Program, WES can reliably validate and assess the education of individuals displaced by political unrest, conflict, and natural disasters even when complete, verifiable documents are unavailable. The WES Gateway Program is open to eligible applicants educated in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela who currently reside in the U.S.

The WES Gateway Program was launched in Canada in 2018. It is now being piloted in the U.S. with a limited number of partner organizations. We continue to engage new partners to make credential assessment available to eligible individuals.

Join this webinar to gain insights into:

  • The WES Gateway Program and its benefits for higher education institutions
  • How WES validates and assesses international education
  • How to refer program applicants in the U.S.



Lorinda Grogg

Director, Institutional Relations, WES U.S.

Prior to joining WES in 2002, Lorinda enjoyed a career in education that included classroom instruction, admissions (Ball State University), and recruitment, assessment, placement and outcomes (ACT). Today she provides leadership for the Institutional Relations team, including Regional Directors and Academic Services as part of the team’s work with recipients of WES evaluations and services, and coordinates with and supports other divisions at WES. What she enjoys most are the personal relationships she has developed with campus-based colleagues, and the opportunity to advise and assist them.


Beatrice Kohlenberg

Associate Director, Program Delivery and Integration, WES Global Talent Bridge Canada

Beatrice has extensive experience working towards the successful integration of skilled immigrants into the labor market. She has led the development and delivery of employment and bridging programs, as well as multi-stakeholder mentoring and capacity-building initiatives. Beatrice holds a master’s degree in communication and culture from Ryerson University and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


Senay Gebremedhin

Program Manager, WES Global Talent Bridge U.S.

Senay is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with institutional partners in government, institutions of higher learning, employers and employer associations, workforce agencies, and nonprofit organizations, sharing best-practices and research on internationally trained immigrant and refugee integration, and advocating the recognition of international credentials to ensure equitable and inclusive workforce opportunities. He holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, where he studied Political Science and minored in African Studies.