Contextualized ESL and Skills Training
The Welcoming Center’s ESOL programs integrate English language development with digital literacy and knowledge of the job search process and workplace culture in the United States.
Foundations for Communication in the U.S. (FOCUS)
Foundations for Communication in the U.S. (FOCUS) is a program that addresses the linguistic, cultural, and technological barriers to participation that face adult immigrants seeking access to employment and training opportunities in Philadelphia.
FOCUS integrates English language, digital literacy, and career readiness skills, helping students to develop new skills and transfer existing skills to a U.S. work context, so that they may obtain new employment, improve existing employment, or pursue further education and training.
FOCUS participants are work-authorized English language learners and immigrants, with a low-intermediate English level and at least some formal education, who would like to find employment, improve their current employment, or pursue further education or training. The program is delivered at no cost to participants.
FOCUS: Next Steps
In 2021, The Welcoming Center launched the FOCUS: Next Steps program. This program is an adaptation of our integrated ESL and skills training course to the online setting.
FOCUS: Next Steps is a six weeks program where participants work on improving their English language, digital literacy, and job search skills, while also receiving personal coaching and support to pursue training, education, or family-sustaining employment.