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Eight Communities Selected to Pilot National Skilled Immigrant Integration Program

Monday October 16, 2017 | by WES Global Talent Bridge

WES Global Talent Bridge has selected eight communities to receive free customized technical assistance to advance their skilled immigrant integration efforts.

Denver, Louisville, Santa Clara, St. Louis, and Boise and its regional partners Twin Falls and Salt Lake City, as well as the states of Ohio, Michigan, and Maryland were chosen to participate in this year-long national pilot program based on their track records of supporting immigrant professional success through local programs and initiatives.

“Our congratulations go out to these forward-thinking communities,” says Paul Feltman, Director of WES Global Talent Bridge. The program offers an opportunity for communities that participated in last year’s National Skills and Credential Institute to further their state and local skilled immigrant integration initiatives, explains Feltman.  “We are very encouraged by all the hard work each of these communities has already done in local immigrant integration, and are looking forward to working closely with them to take their efforts to the next level.”

In the course of the pilot year, WES Global Talent Bridge and other national experts will provide each of the communities with a total of 24 hours of hands-on coaching, advising, and technical assistance as well as four interactive web-based training sessions on immigrant professional integration. WES Global Talent Bridge will lead monthly calls where communities will share ideas and provide updates on their progress. Additionally, WES Global Talent Bridge is sponsoring delegates from each pilot community to participate in working conferences in Syracuse, N.Y. this month, and in Toronto, Canada in 2018.

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WES Global Talent Bridge is a program dedicated to helping skilled immigrants fully utilize their talents and education in the United States and Canada. Global Talent Bridge joins with institutional partners and community organizations to help skilled immigrants leverage their training, achieve their professional goals, and contribute their talents to their full potential.