EDGE sponsors a briefing on “Building Successful Workforce Strategies for Immigrants and English Language Learners in the Golden State”

The EDGE Coalition hosted a briefing on 11/29/16 on ways of improving access for immigrants and English Language Learners to the workforce development pipeline.

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock from the National Skills Coalition provided an overview of the scope and diversity of California’s immigrant population; barriers to accessing workforce development programs and services; and national best practices.

Bob Harper, Director of Adult Education at Campbell Union High School District, discussed the status of the adult education consortia; how they are responding to an increasingly diverse student population; and challenges to effectively serving English Language Learners.

Jennifer Hernandez, Associate Secretary at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency presented information on the Agency’s efforts to serve immigrants through WIOA and other programs.

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