The New Mainers Resource Center (NMRC) is a Portland Adult Education program serving immigrants, refugees and employers in the Greater Portland area.
We provide skilled professionals programs, employment and case management, intensive classes focused on job readiness skills, networking opportunities, workshops and other services designed to help New Mainers, of all professions, overcome barriers to enter the US workforce. NMRC participants can also take advantage of other classes and programs offered at Portland Adult Education and by community partners.
We provided services to 438 individuals.
299 received career advice, 285 participated in other NMRC offerings, 241 received both.
77% of those who were eligible to work and received career advice found employment.
We are part of the Welcome Back Initiative whose mission is to build a bridge between internationally trained health workers living in the United States and the need for linguistically and culturally competent health services in underserved communities.
Claude – “Since I was first in touch with the New Mainers Resource Center in August 2015 I have received a range of support that has allowed me to learn and improve my English. Among other things this included: working in the computer lab, having my diploma translated and evaluated, receiving training specific to my profession such as OSHA and understanding the national electrical code, and finally, through Job Class B, I have learned how to network and search for a job in my field and understand employer expectations. All of this has enabled me to accept a position as a Substation Technician at Electric Power Systems.”
Jolie – “I came to the US with a bachelor’s degree in public health from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I received the help I needed to study English at PAE and through Job Class A I learned how to search for a job. I am now working in a nursing home as a Personal Support Specialist/Certified Residential Medication Aide.”
“We are grateful to the New Mainers Resource Center and Portland Adult Education for the help that they provided to us.”Claude & Jolie M