Webinar: Using Intensive Vocationally-Focused ESL to Fast-Track Workforce Development Skills for Refugees

1:00 PM

This webinar will provide an overview of the Vocational English as a Second Language Immersion Program (VIP) program. The VIP program is a collaboration between the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HAS) and the City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The Webinar will highlight the VIP’s 18-week intensive English language immersion program that is focused on teaching the vocabulary and cultural norms of the workplace. Over the 18-weeks, participants participate in full-time classes and progress from the lowest level of language ability to a workable knowledge of English, familiarity with common workplace technology, and an understanding of American workplace culture. This highly successful program has become a model for other cities with large immigrant populations.


  • Kenneth Tota, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • Lynn Levey, VIP Program, Human Services Agency of San Francisco

Register for the webinar here

This webinar is the first in a series that focuses on helping refugee service providers develop robust relationships with Federal, state, and community-based partners, especially related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and workforce programs.

*This webinar takes place at 1:00 p.m. Eastern