California is home to over 10 million immigrants, of which 6.2 million are English Language Learners (ELL's). Although the majority of ELL's arrive to the United States with an average middle school education level, a considerable percentage of the U.S. labor force are professionally skilled immigrants and represent an untapped pool of technical, interpersonal, and leadership talent.
Although working in skilled professions in their countries of origin, their limited English ability presents challenges to achieve workplace mobility and economic success once in the United States. Access to English classes is especially difficult for a janitor, given their hectic work schedules and family responsibilities.
Through a dual commitment fostered by Building Skills Partnership, both employer and labor invest in providing Vocational English classes at the work site to immigrant workers, enabling them to effectively integrate and move forward in all aspects of their lives.
The stories below demonstrate the positive impact of this uniquely joint effort to invest in immigrants of all education levels in support of an engaged workforce and their pursuit of the American Dream.