Foundations for Communication in the U.S. (FOCUS)

 Enrollment for ​our Fall ESOL for Job Search class is closed. Click “Apply Now” to get information about our Winter class. ​The next session of our ESOL for Job Search class ​will start in January or February 2023.​

FOCUS: Next Steps / ESOL for Job Search

FOCUS: Next Steps is an 8-week class where participants work on improving their English language, digital literacy, and job search skills. ​Participants also get support to pursue training, education, or employment.

What you will learn:

✔️ Develop your English language skills
✔️ Improve your computer skills
✔️ Learn how to search for jobs in the United States
✔️ Meet a community of English learners
✔️ Get personal support


✔️ Work-authorized or work-authorization pending
✔️ ​High beginner or intermediate English level (The Welcoming Center will conduct an assessment to determine your level if you are not sure)
✔️ Looking for a job or ready to start looking for a job

About 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.

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.

Our Participants

As part of the FOCUS: Next Steps curriculum, participants prepare a presentation about themselves. Click on each person’s name below to view their presentation and get to know them better.