Foundations for Communication in the U.S. (FOCUS)
The next session of our ESOL for Job Search class is from October 12 to December 7.
Most classes will be online. Two class sessions (Oct. 17 and Dec. 7) will be in-person at The Welcoming Center.
Classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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:
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
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.