Reports and Resources:
Urge Congress to Pass the Dream Act NowIn light of the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, CCCIE stands ready to assist students and their families and ensure that all immigrant students, especially DACA and non-DACA undocumented youth, have full opportunities to pursue their educational and career goals. Read more for actions to take and resources to share to #DefendDACA now.
Read CCCIE’s New BlogOur three part blog is on the topic of skilled immigrants and refugees, who arrive in the U.S. with significant experience in professional and technical fields, yet often times end up unemployed or working in low-wage, survival jobs. This significant “brain waste” in the skilled immigrant population is occurring while many open jobs are going unfilled because there aren’t enough qualified candidates to fill them. Part 1 is on Systems Navigation; Part 2 deals with Creating a New Curriculum and Part 3 talks about Gaining U.S. Work Experience Through Volunteering.
Highlights of CCCIE’s WorkCCCIE is pleased to share highlights of our work, best practices, and resources to help your college strengthen its immigrant education and integration initiatives and accelerate success of adult ESL learners. Read more.
Bridging the Gap for Foreign-Educated Immigrants: An Online Toolkit for Community Colleges and CBOsCCCIE and WES Global Talent Bridge developed this online toolkit that community college and CBO practitioners can use to integrate foreign-educated students into college programs and careers. You’ll find best practices, success stories, videos, checklists, and other interactive tools.
Higher Education Leaders Voice Opposition to “Public Charge” RuleThe Department of Homeland Security has proposed regulations that would penalize low-income immigrants, who receive or who are “likely to receive” public benefits, such as health, housing, and food assistance, that are critical to ensuring they enroll and succeed in higher education. Under the proposed rule, which substantially expands the definition of “public charge,” legally authorized immigrants who access basic nutrition, housing, and health programs, could jeopardize their chances of obtaining green cards or restrict any future opportunities to change or upgrade their immigration status. Read more.
Presidents for New American Success PledgeCCCIE is launching an exciting new initiative—a College Presidents Campaign to engage additional community college presidents across the country in CCCIE’s mission. Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY Is proud to host CCCIE and be part of this national initiative. Read more about our Presidents for New American Success Pledge and sign on.
New Bipartisan Dream Act of 2017The recently announced bipartisan Dream Act of 2017, which would provide legal permanent residence and eventual citizenship to eligible undocumented youth who arrived in the U.S. as children, includes some new provisions especially relevant to the diverse immigrant student population at community colleges. The bill, introduced by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham, comes at a critical time as 10 states have threatened to sue the federal government if if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is not abolished before September 5, 2017. Read more .
Learning the Language of RetailThe retail sector has one of the highest levels of limited English proficient workers. The National Immigration Forum, in partnership with the Walmart Foundation, CCCIE, and Miami Dade College are collaborating to develop a scalable, contextualized ESL program, Skills and Opportunity for the New American Workforce, to help retailers build stronger career pathways for their employees. Read more and view this multi-media report and the Forum’s New American Workforce blog.