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On Tuesday, April 7, the Iowa International Center will host a program and panel discussion called “Tapping Into the Untapped Workforce:  How Companies and Communities Can Work with Immigrant and Refugee Populations for Success,” as part of the organization’s monthly free public Dialogue series. The program will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines, and is free to attend.  Click here for additional information.


 

Visitors from Kazakhstan featured on KCCI News!



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Iowa International Center’s Accessible ESL 
Program Featured on WHO TV 13
CLICK HERE TO View the whole inspirational story.From WHO TV 13 and Erin Kiernan…”A special group of students has come to Iowa from all over the world. Few arrived with much more than the clothes on their backs and most didn’t know a single word of English.“You’re starting with a blank slate,” says teacher Sharon Johnson, “many of them are pre-literate so they don’t know how to read in their own language, so just learning the alphabet and numbers is where we start.”Jonson’s classroom isn’t in a school. It’s in an office at a Des Moines apartment complex. “Here at Deer Ridge we have over 314 apartments and many, many refugees and immigrants who need to learn English,” explains Dr. Judy Conlin. She’s the executive director of the Iowa International Center.  Last year the organization started taking ESL classes directly to the people who need them….”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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