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For Immediate Release

Filling The Skills Gap
International Institute Study of St. Louis Immigrant Occupation & Education Assets to be Presented on March 8
ST. LOUIS (March 5, 2018) - The International Institute of St. Louisthe St. Louis region's Welcome Center for New Americans, will present "Filling the Skills Gap -- International Institute Study of St. Louis Immigrant Occupation & Education Assets," beginning with a wine & cheese reception at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 8, in the Institute Hall of Nations, 3401 Arsenal St. 

The March 8 program will address questions such as, how many immigrants and refugees in St. Louis are employed in jobs that do not utilize their professional credentials? What are the current gaps by professional occupational cluster in the St. Louis job market? How are these two issues aligned?

"In 2017, the International Institute undertook a Study of St. Louis Immigrant Occupation and Education Assets (IOEA) with support from the William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee," said International Institute of St. Louis President & CEO Anna E. Crosslin. "We are delighted to share the findings of this Study with the community as we work to help make St. Louis a better place for people of all backgrounds to live, work and invest."
Program presenters are :

J.S. Onesimo (Ness) Sandoval - Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, St. Louis University, will present relevant data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census' American Community Survey.

Blake Hamilton - Vice President of Programs, International Institute of St. Louis, will speak about how the data has value to immigrants and area employers.

Susan Gobbo - an immigrant from Brazil who will share her and other experiences.

Eesaa Sahib - an immigrant from Iraq who will also share his and other experiences.

About International Institute of St. Louis
The International Institute is our region's Welcome Center for New Americans. For nearly 100 years, we have helped ensure that immigrants successfully integrate by offering connecting services and by sharing American culture and values. Last year, we provided English classes, employment services, counseling, and cultural integration services to more than 8,000 immigrants and refugees from 80 countries. Our annual Festival of Nations attracts more than 100,000 visitors. Learn more about us at
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