Roughly 49% of refugees and immigrants in Middle Tennessee have professional backgrounds (The Brookings Institute, June 9 2011). There are more than 10,000 newcomers in Tennessee, 1.5 million in the U.S., who are fluent in English, college-educated, have the legal right to work, but are unemployed or significantly underemployed. In their home countries they were engineers, doctors, scientists, accountants, and IT professionals. In the U.S. they become cashiers, janitors, and cab drivers, if employed at all.
REACH eliminates employment barriers for skilled new Americans and integrates this population into the professional U.S. workforce. We do this by providing degree evaluation and licensure assistance, customized training, career development, mentorships, and fellowships. The result is global talent for employers, increased diversity in the workplace, new job creation, and economic independence for families.
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