Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans (EARN) Resources
This resource provides information on the federal EARN project as well as tips and strategies that adult education programs in Virginia are using to enhance access to refugees and new Americans on the state and program level.
The National EARN Project
“The Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans project provides resources and technical assistance to adult education state agency staff, local programs, and instructors who serve or are aiming to serve English learners in Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) programming and are interested in using an immigrant integration approach. Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) requirements offer IELCE programs opportunity to support learners’ linguistic, economic, and civic integration needs.” (LINCS)
The Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans (EARN) project launched a spotlight series focused on critical topics within Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE)/Integrated Education and Training (IET) implementation. The first three spotlights are:
- Enhancing Access: Using Bridge Strategies to Connect IELCE Activities to IET Programs
Bridge strategies are one approach to delivering IELCE activities in combination with IET programs. This spotlight describes how states, regions, and programs are using bridge strategies to prepare learners in IELCE activities for IET programs. EARN also has released a video highlighting how one program, Montgomery College in Maryland, connects IELCE and IET programming and contextualizes civics content in IELCE activities to prepare learners for the IET program.
- The Role of Navigators in IELCE/IET Career Pathways
Career navigators and advisors help English learners and immigrants navigate complex U.S. systems and access services to help support their integration into U.S. society. This spotlight explores potential actions for navigators to take as they support English learners along an IELCE/IET career pathway.
- Serving Refugees in IELCE Activities
Refugees and New Americans face unique challenges in acclimating to the United States, from gaining English language proficiency to successfully navigating American systems and entering careers with family-sustaining wages. This spotlight highlights strategies in serving refugees in adult education programming and IELCE.
This LINCS website provides more information on the national EARN project.
Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans in Virginia
The following webinar recording contains strategies for how adult education programs in Virginia are utilizing robust partnerships, providing access to sustaining career pathways, and engaging diverse learners in order to enhance access for and support the linguistic, civic, and economic integration of refugees and new Americans.
Please reach out to VALRC for support on implementing these or other strategies for enhancing access to refugees and new Americans through adult education services or to share your strategies for these efforts by sending us an email at email@example.com.