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A Conversation Between James Hancock and Olena Hart

Our International Professionals Program graduate, Olena Hart, recently interviewed Welcoming Center volunteer, James Hancock. Read their conversation below. Hello James! Thank you for agreeing to talk about yourself, the company you work for and your experience, as a volunteer, with the Welcoming Center. Could you please introduce yourself first?  Yes, sure. My name is James [...]

Recognizing Foreign Education and Employment Authorization

Foreign-educated immigrants have the potential to revitalize the economy of the United States (U.S.) by offering their advanced-degree knowledge and global work experience. In recognition of the value immigrant job-seekers can bring to the U.S. economy, the new administration has made immigration reform a priority. In fact, our new Vice President, Kamala Harris, is the daughter of [...]

Meet Ana Jiménez: Architect, Immigrant from Colombia, International Professionals Program Graduate

Ana Jiménez started a new job as the Exhibition Job Coordinator with The Clay Studio in April of 2020. While this began her career in the United States, her journey started many years prior. Ana grew up in Colombia with her family and was formally trained as an architect there before moving to the Netherlands [...]

Navigating Career Opportunities as an Immigrant in Philadelphia

My name is Olena Hart. I am an interpreter/translator, proofreader and writer from Ukraine. I got my Master’s Degree in Language Studies and Translation from Kyiv National Linguistic University in 2008. I have immigrated to the United States of America in late summer 2015 and has been living in Philadelphia since. Destiny is inevitable, you [...]

Hassene and Olga Are Using Their Skills To Save Lives and Limit the Spread of COVID-19

After graduating from our International Professionals Program (IPP) in April, Hassene (from Algeria) and Olga (from Ukraine) found meaningful employment as Contact Tracers for the City of Philadelphia. Every day, they use their cultural and linguistic skills to help other immigrants access critical information and support while protecting the public’s health. Hassene made a difficult [...]