Minnesota has seen a 120% increase in immigration between 2003 & 2009. Since work is an integral aspect of quality of life in the USA, and in order to successfully integrate into the USA workforce, the new arrivals will need assistance in gaining USA work related skills .The CLUES agency contracts with Ramsey County, MN for its Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) clients. The contract includes providing job skill training to persons for whom English is a Second Language (ESL). CLUES chose to create an ESL Work Readiness curriculum that was meaningful and linguistically appropriate for the participants while meeting the contractual obligations of the MFIP guidelines. The curriculum was developed and piloted in the spring of 2010. Outcomes indicate the students found the curriculum beneficial, especially in the areas of Job Applications, Resume Writing, & Educational Exploration. Students indicated they would like continued support from the CLUES staff in work placement.

Research Question: Which ESL Work Readiness skills are most needed by participants, as indicated by the participants?


Robin Wingo

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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