Author: New Mainers Resource Center

ILAP Pro Se Workshop

ILAP Pro Se Workshop 12-10-2018 This workshop, that will provide tips for applying for Asylum and preparing for your interview, is designed for those who are seeking asylum. However, it is not anyone who is in deportation proceedings or going to court. When: December 10, 2018 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Where: Portland Adult Education For more details, click on Pro Se Training...

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NMRC 2017 Annual Report

New Mainers Resource Center – 2017 Annual Report – Executive Summary NMRC’s Mission NMRC’s mission is to support Maine’s economic development by meeting employers’ demands for a skilled and culturally diverse workforce. Serving over 4,000 students in 2106-2017, PAE has been supporting members of Maine’s immigrant communities to find success and build financial stability through workforce development programs designed specifically for new Mainers, for over 10 years. The addition of the NMRC allows PAE to develop targeted programming focused on the unique needs of those who come to the U.S. with an advanced degree and experience in a professional field. Need Maine’s population has begun to decline. For the state to have a vibrant economy it will need to attract more foreign-born workers as well as retain and support the nearly 20,000 refugees and immigrants living in Southern Maine alone, in order to combat Maine’s ‘demographic winter’. Barriers to Employment Foreign trained skilled professionals face many barriers as they seek to enter the Maine workforce. In addition to requiring an adequate level of English competency, these barriers include lack of information about: career pathways, transferring credentials, US standards for resumes, interviews, and American workplace culture. NMRC 2017 Program Data and Impact 438 people received services; 261 were new in 2017; 171 continued from previous years 317 people received case management/career advising 81% of those eligible to work and receiving...

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Marie Louise M.

(Pharmacist from Burundi) “It is a pleasure for me to express my gratitude to NMRC for their support since my arrival here in Portland, Maine in early 2015. I would not be where I am today, had I not benefited from their tremendous support. Even though I had knowledge of some basic English, I would not have landed a job in my field if I had not taken English lessons, job search workshops and taken advantage of the computer lab and other job transition courses sponsored by NMRC. I have gained more knowledge that I am applying in my work that will surely help in my professional advancement. For example, I had the chance to learn some technical English, which I am now using in my job which is in the medical field (pharmacy). NMRC staff consistently followed-up to ensure I succeeded. They assisted me in finding a job, provided great recommendations during my job search, and until today, they check on me to see how I am doing at work. I cannot thank them enough for their care and...

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Claude & Jolie M.

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...

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