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Skills and Opportunity for the New American Workforce

Classes at Westchester Community College Provide English Language Skills Training for NY-area Whole Foods Market Employees

Employees from three Whole Foods stores in Westchester County recently graduated from a English language training program at Westchester Community College. This 12-week course, which is part a national pilot program, Skills and Opportunity for the New American Workforce, is led by the National Immigration Forum, in partnership with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education and Miami Dade College. The program, funded by the Walmart Foundation, is designed to increase English language skills among retail sector employees for whom English is a second language. Read more by clicking here.

The training will focus on workplace-specific vocabulary and conversational skills that can increase employees’ promotional opportunities and their prospects for career advancement in the retail sector and other middle skills jobs.  Read about Maria, a Whole Foods employee in White Plains, New York, who is improving her English language skills and learning to communicate better with customers and team leaders! Click here to view a multi-media Progress Report on this national initiative, and visit National Immigration Forum’s blog to read the many employee success stories at all three pilot sites in Miami, New York, and Houston.