Connecting immigrants, employers, & communities


The Welcoming Center expands the regional tax base by encouraging population growth, job creation, and entrepreneurship.


The Welcoming Center revitalizes struggling neighborhoods by helping small business owners on key commercial corridors.


The Welcoming Center connects Pennsylvania employers with legal, work-authorized immigrant jobseekers.


The Welcoming Center attracts international talent by bringing skilled immigrant professionals to Pennsylvania.


The Welcoming Center raises the region's international profile by attracting workers and businesses from around the world.



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Our next ten-week session of classes, including ESL, GED, Citizenship, and Professional English courses, begins October 31, 2016. Apply now as we have limited space.


English as a Second Language (ESL) (Beginning) MWF 9:00 - 12:00 noon
English as a Second Language (ESL) (Beginning) MWF 1:00 - 4:00 pm
ESL/Civics (Low Intermediate) MWF 9:00 - 12:00 noon
ESL/Civics (High Intermediate -Advanced) MWF 1:00 - 4:00pm
Beginning Literacy TTH 1:00 - 4:00pm
Beginning Basic Education TTH 1:00 - 4:00pm
Low Intermediate Basic Education Math TTH 9:00 - 12:00 noon
High Intermediate Basic Education Math TTH 1:00 - 4:00pm
Low Intermediate Basic Education Reading TTH 1:00 - 4:00pm
High Intermediate Basic Education Reading TTH 9:00 - 12:00 noon
High School Equivalency Prep—Fast Track TTH 9:00 - 12:00 noon
Adult Basic Education MW 6:00-9:00pm
Transition to Post-Secondary Education
(beginning in October 2016)
TTH 9:00 - 12:00 noon


The Schedule for our class sessions is as follows:

Summer, 2016 August 15
FALL, 2016 October 31
WINTER, 2017 January 30
SPRING, 2017 April 17
Pre-testing is required through our ongoing orientation sessions.




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Do you want to get help preparing to work in the U.S. or starting a business? We have resources to help you, including English classes, GED classes, Food Safety classes, as well as workshops on resume writing, interview skills, starting a business in Philadelphia, and many more. When you are ready, we can also help you find a job. If you live in the Philadelphia region, the Welcoming Center is happy to support you on your journey.


The 2016 Solas Awards were on April 20th! Check out our Facebook page for photos of SOLAS 2016'. 


Our Immigrant Professionals Program provides support to foreign trained professionals who are work authorized, ready to seek employment, and able to communicate in English.

Are you a Registered Nurse, Accounting or IT professional?


English as a Second Language

Learning English is a key step in adapting to American life.  View all of our available English classes as well as our other education and training offerings.