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New Senior Director of Workforce Development

June 14, 2023 | The International Institute of Minnesota extends a warm welcome to JP Holwerda as Senior Director of Workforce Development. The newly created position will focus on launching an additional career training pathway for New Americans, alongside our successful Medical and Hospitality Career Pathways.

With over 100 years of experience, the Institute is recognized as a nationwide leader in workforce development for New Americans.

“Joining the International Institute is a dream come true. The work of immigration services is deeply personal to me and for decades the Institute has been changing lives through advocacy and impactful programming,” JP said. “I look forward to working with such a talented group of people to continue building great programs that strengthen our community.”

JP brings 10 years of experience in workforce development and has overseen the launch of a variety of innovative program pathways, including at Chrysalis in Los Angeles. Most recently, JP worked in the tech start-up and green jobs sector, where he led the financial and operational expansion across the Midwest.

We are thrilled to welcome JP’s strategic vision and broad range of leadership experiences, in both the non-profit and for-profit industries. We look forward to the positive impact he will make on the Institute’s growth and development. Please join us in welcoming JP to the Institute.

Since 1919, the International Institute of Minnesota has delivered critical services and resources to help New Americans transition to their new lives in Minnesota. From language learning and job training to immigration and refugee services, the Institute offers New Americans a pathway for a strong start to a new life. Once stability is achieved, we’re there for next steps, too: from college preparation and career advancement to citizenship support and financial coaching toward home ownership.