Many immigrants come to the United States with professional training only to hit walls and barriers when trying to get jobs in those fields. It is great to see that their are organizations helping these immigrants learn English and receive additional training so they can utilize their training in professional jobs.
Utilize the medical talents of our immigrant population – Seattle Time – Full Article
Sunday, December 9, 2007
By Dave Upthegrove
Special to The Times
I was approached by a woman who spoke in a thick Russian accent after a town-hall meeting I hosted earlier this year. She had recently emigrated from Russia and now was building a future in Washington state. In her home country, she had a professional medical career as a nurse. Now here, in Washington, she was struggling to find meaningful employment. She told me of her difficulty understanding and navigating the process to have her Russian nursing credentials verified and evaluated in order to become recertified as a nurse here.
Immigrant and refugee families come to the United States seeking a gateway to opportunity where their dreams of prosperity and a better future for their children can be fulfilled. These hopes often prove elusive as they struggle to find employment, which is the first step toward realizing the American dream.