A pilot program to provide skill-building career services to immigrants is launching at seven Pittsburgh organizations. These include resettlement agencies, the Allegheny County Library Association and the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.
The program, which is free to participants, was designed by Upwardly Global, a national organization that helps skilled immigrants rebuild their professional careers in the U.S. The local groups participating already have immigrant support programs in place, and the online resource will be supplemental.
"By folding in this online platform to the work they're already doing, they're now able to extend the resources they're providing to their clients and communities," said Betty Cruz, project director at All for All, the local immigrant inclusion initiative that's coordinating the project.
Cruz said the platform will teach immigrants valuable skills such as networking in the American market and writing a compelling cover letter for an English-speaking audience.
The pilot will last for a year, during which All for All will send data to Upwardly Global about the success of the program. Upwardly Global will then make a decision about extending the program.
According to the Allegheny Conference, the Pittsburgh region will be short 80,000 workers in the next 10 years.