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  WHO TV story imageIowa International Center’s Accessible ESL Program Featured on WHO TV 13Cares: Iowa International Center brings Accessible ESL Classes to Refugees, ImmigrantsCLICK HERE TO View the whole inspirational story as seen on WHO TV 13 this week.

From WHO TV 13 and Erin Kiernan…“DES MOINES, Iowa — 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….” 

September Dialogue Series

“Welcome to Iowa? A First-Hand Look at The Refugee Experience”

12-1pm Central Library, 1000 Grand Ave.

Dr. Judith Conlin, Executive Director of the Iowa International Center will compare and contrast how the resources provided in welcoming refugees to Iowa, past and present. Joining Dr. Conlin will be Rumbidzayi Chinhamhora, to share her experience as a refugee from Zimbabwe, coming to the United States. 

Join us for this important conversation at a time when our community is engaging on the topic of how and if Iowa is more or less welcoming  today. Event is free to the public, and guest are welcome to bring lunch!


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Iowa International Center?
We are taking applications for our International Language Program Internship! Click here to learn more about this opportunity and other available internships with the IIC!  ______________________________________________________________________________________


Community Connections Program

Interested in sharing your world with International Visitors?? Here is your chance!

In partnership with U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) the Iowa International Center will be participating in a dynamic program this October called Community Connections (CCP). The Community Connections Program provides 3-week, homestay-based practical training opportunities in the U.S. for participants from post-Soviet bloc states and Serbia. Visitors travel to the hosting city for hands-on professional enrichment, site visits, and cultural activities.

Kazakh construction educators coming in October!

Please consider supporting this program by hosting members of this group in your home for spans of 1 week up to the full 21 days of their visit. These individuals are primarily teachers of construction/vocational education in their home country and will be here learning how to better instruct on new construction practices and materials when they return to Kazakhstan. They will be visiting central Iowa from October 15 – November 4, 2014.

For more information please contact Janet Norton at or 515-282-8269


Passport to Prosperity

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Olmsted Center – Drake University – 6 p.m.

We are proud to announce our
2014 Passport to Prosperity Honorees!

Click here for more information



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