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Refugee and immigrant workers improve your bottom line. Many immigrants that come into the United States are highly skilled, hold advanced degrees and come with unique skill sets, experiences and perspectives. Strengthened by adversity, they make capable, resilient, and loyal employees. The Institute’s employment specialists offer comprehensive employment services that provide employer satisfaction and increase employee retention rates. Employment services are free to both employers and program participants. The Institute has two industry-specific employment programs, Nursing Assistant Training and Hotel Housekeeping/Hospitality, as well as one general employment program, Refugee Employment Services.

The benefits for employers are many:

  • Increase retention rates and reduce turnover; save money on training and increase productivity
  • Find pre-screened applicants who are the most qualified workers – E-Verifiable!
  • Hire dependable employees

Refugee Employment Services identifies and pre-screens New Americans who are highly motivated and prepared to work and equips them with the skills necessary to succeed in the American workplace.

Our Hospitality Careers Pathway assists highly motivated New Americans with general and technical skills for the hospitality industry that enable them to find entry-level employment at hotels and service centers in the Twin Cities.

Our Nursing Assistant Training Program is based on the Minnesota state nursing assistant curriculum, but exceeds state standards by providing extensive skills and clinical instruction as well as specialized cross-cultural instruction. Our program is recognized by numerous Twin Cities employers for the quality of our graduates.


What kind of work documents do program participants have?

  • All people referred by the Institute are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Do program participants speak English?

  • All nursing assistant and hotel housekeeping/hospitality students must pass an English skills test that ensures they have the necessary language skills to work as a nursing assistant or housekeeper before enrolling in the program, though the level of English varies by person.
  • There is a greater range of language ability in Refugee Employment Services; some participants do not speak English while others are fluent. We will match the person’s language level with your needs.

What should my company do to use this service?

  • To hire from our Refugee Employment Services, contact Hussein Abdi at (651) 377-8608 or
  • If you are interested in becoming an Employer Partner with the Hospitality Careers Pathway, please fill out this form to help us get to know your organization.
  • To hire graduates from our Nursing Assistant Training Program, contact Faith Loggers-Jamnik at (651) 377-8622 or

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