Mission & Vision

The New Mainers Resource Center (NMRC) is a Portland Adult Education program serving immigrants, refugees, and employers in the Greater Portland area.

Our mission is to support Maine’s economic development by facilitating the professional integration of immigrants and refugees, and by meeting employers’ demands for a skilled and culturally diverse workforce.

Our vision is to grow Maine’s economy by fully utilizing the skills of foreign trained professionals; to help employers hire and retain qualified workers for a skilled and diverse workforce; and to help Maine’s immigrants and refugees overcome barriers and re-enter their professions.

We provide skilled professionals programs, employment and case management, intensive classes focused on job readiness skills, workforce training, 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.

Click here for information on the programs at Portland Adult Education.

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Maine’s Welcome Back Center

Doctors with the Welcome Back Initiative

Welcome Back Initiative

Since 2015, the New Mainers Resource Center has been part of the Welcome Back Initiative. This national network is made up of 10 centers in 9 states. Its 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. Several programs, like Maine’s, do not limit their services to just health professionals. Since its inception in 2001, the Welcome Back Initiative has served close to 15,000 participants from 167 countries.

Hear from José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA, Founder, Welcome Back Initiative, about why he founded this innovative program to assist immigrant health professionals already living in the US enter the US health workforce when he was awarded the 2021 Solas Award for founding the program.
Jose Ramon Fernandes-Pena wins Solas 2021 award

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