BOSTON, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bunker Hill Community College hosted a seminar on June 12, 2012, that focused on the needs of immigrants who arrive in the United States with specialized education or established careers. The seminar featured a panel of experts who discussed ways in which immigrants can pursue further education, obtain professional licensing or certification, and find suitable employment. The event attracted more than 125 participants representing more than 30 countries.
The College partnered with World Education Services (WES) and the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education to create the event, which was free and open to current and recent immigrant students and community residents. The seminar was developed in response to recent studies indicating that an estimated 2.7 million college-educated immigrants in the United States are unemployed or underemployed, according to BHCC's Executive Director for Workforce Development Les Warren, coordinator of the event.
Bunker Hill Community College currently offers a variety of English as a Second Language classes as well as educational and career resources that assist skilled immigrants throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC's outreach to immigrants includes the Welcome Back Center, which helps foreign-trained nurses to become licensed in Massachusetts; the Community Center for Entrepreneurship, which provides services to entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs, including many recent immigrants; and Community Education offerings that include English as a second language, certificate courses, career advice and cultural information.
Bunker Hill Community College (www.bhcc.mass.edu) is the largest community college in Massachusetts. The College enrolls more than 13,600 students on two campuses and at four satellite locations. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Six in ten students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls more than 830 international students who come from more than 90 countries and speak 75 different languages.
World Education Services (www.wes.org) is an accredited non-profit organization with over thirty years' experience evaluating international credentials so they are understood and fully recognized in the United States.
Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (www.cccie.org) is a national network of community colleges, professional groups, and research organizations committed to expanding and strengthening programs and services for immigrant students at community colleges nationwide.
Colleen Roach, Executive Director of Communications & Marketing
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue; Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 228-2177; Email: [email protected]
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