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Refugee Career Pathways

The Refugee Career Pathways program helps enable refugees to achieve self-sufficiency by obtaining the necessary credentials, education, experience, and job skills to secure employment in professional and/or skilled career fields. RCP assists refugee participants to learn about career pathways and develop personalized career development plans for career entry and advancement. RCP program grantees provide the necessary training and technical assistance to participants to overcome obstacles to initiating their careers and ensure they have the resources and knowledge needed to succeed.

The Refugee Career Pathways program was established by the Office of Refugee Resettlement in 2018 to address the obstacles faced by resettled refugees in initiating professional careers in their new communities. While many refugees have previous professional experience in their country of origin, they often lack the degrees, certifications, and knowledge specific to the U.S. job environment needed to attain professional employment after resettlement. Even highly-skilled refugees are often required to take low-skilled jobs with little opportunity for advancement or skill development. This in turn limits refugees’ potential to achieve economic self-sufficiency and to benefit their communities by making full use of the skills and experience they bring to their new home.

The goal of the RCP program is to support refugees in attaining the knowledge and resources needed to begin a professional career in their new community. Existing job training programs for refugees often focus on supporting initial job placement, which may not be adequate to secure long-term self-sufficiency. The RCP program assists refugees to begin professional careers that provide not only a salary but also greater job security and the possibility of career advancement.

To achieve this goal, the program employs the career pathways approach, which has shown promise in enabling immigrants to gain entry into career fields in the U.S.

Examples of services provided under the program include:

  • Assistance in creating personalized career development plans
  • Classroom and work-based learning opportunities
  • Career coaching and mentoring
  • Connections with educational opportunities, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training
  • Re-credentialing and credential recognition
  • Vocational English language training

Refugee Career Pathways Grants

Grantee City State End Date Amount Contact
Broward College Fort Lauderdale FL 9/29/2021 $250,000 Jocelyn Martinez
225 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 201-7350
Catholic Family Center Rochester NY 9/29/2021 $250,000 Deborah Campbell
87 Clinton Ave. N STE 1, Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-7220
Center for Pan Asian Community Services Atlanta GA 9/29/2021 $181,085 Victoria Huynh
3510 Shallowford Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 446-0929
Colorado Department of Human Services Denver CO 9/29/2021 $250,000 Noyes Combs
175 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-5700
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island Providence RI 9/29/2021 $225,300 Kathy Cloutier
645 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI 02907
(401) 784-8600
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Portland OR 9/29/2021 $245,000 Djimet Dogo
10301 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220
(503) 234-1541
Instituto del Progreso Latino Chicago IL 9/29/2021 $249,963 Yesenia Cervantes 
2520 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 890-0055
International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis St. Louis MO 9/29/2021 $249,560 Blake Hamilton
3401 Arsenal St., St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 773-9090
International Rescue Committee Oakland, CA
Sacramento, CA
CA 9/29/2021 $250,000 Kate Landberg
440 Grand Ave. #400, Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 452-8222
Jannus Boise, ID
Twin Falls, ID
Salt Lake City, UT
ID/UT 9/29/2021 $250,000 Tara Wolfson
1607 W. Jefferson, Boise, ID 83702
(208) 336-5533
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Lancaster PA 9/29/2021 $250,000 Josh McManness
1020 New Holland Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 606-1600
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services Albuquerque, NM
Atlanta, GA
Omaha, NE
NM/GA/NE 9/29/2021 $245,400 Huda Muhammad
700 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 230-2700
Lutheran Services in Iowa Des Moines IA 9/29/2021 $250,000 Dianne Siasoco
3125 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 650-0325
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota Sioux Falls SD 9/29/2021 $227,630 Tim Jurgens
705 E. 41st St STE 200, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 444-7500
Pars Equality Center San Jose CA 9/29/2021 $250,000 Reza Odabaee
1635 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 261-6400
Snohomish County Workforce Development Council Everett WA 9/29/2021 $244,347 Sladjana Nikolic
808 134th St. SW STE 105, Everett, WA 98204
(425) 921-3423
Upwardly Global Alexandria VA 9/29/2021 $250,000 Sarah Olson
1440 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
(212) 219-8828


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