White House Recognizes Austin Career Institute
Working with Texas based Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project, the White House Task Force on New Americans recognized the Austin Career Institute, and a delegation of integration leaders from 17 States, during an exploration of best practices, tools, and resources to address credentialing and licensing skilled immigrant and refugee professionals.
Established by President Obama on November 21, 2014, the White House Task Force on New Americans—a government-wide effort tasked with better integrating immigrants and refugees into American communities—hosted this, the first task force, earlier this year. At the time of the establishment of the Task Force, the U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 42.4 million, or 13.3 percent of the total U.S. population, according to U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey data. Immigrants in the United States and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 81 million people, or 26 percent of the overall U.S. population. In FY 2015, the Department of State further issued 10,891,745 nonimmigrant visas—a 10 percent increase from the 9,932,480 issued in 2014-with 69,933 refugees admitted.
Supporting and integrating such growth to the U.S. economy is a challenge embraced by the Austin Career Institute (ACI). ACI’s shawn Jamali and Rosha Teimuri, a 2016 Austin Business Journal Best CEO Nominee, was joined by 113 experts from research organizations, government, and private industry who presented, facilitated, and participated in working sessions set out to explore career pathways, bridge programs, occupational licensing, and contextualized English as a Second Language programs to streamline the integration to the workforce immigrant and refugee working professionals.
“Though there is a significant base of research on U.S. immigrant economic adaptation,” adds FMUMP Director Dr. Faith Nibbs, “How refugees fair over long periods of time and the strategies they use to career-ladder is significantly under-examined. We’re excited by the work being done Shawn and Rosha Jamali in Austin, to rethink refugees in resettlement as active agents in their own livelihoods. ACI’s programs, based on research outcomes, contribute to alternative and sustainable livelihood practices in the United States.”
ACI, established to help individuals who seek to achieve their dream of increasing their earning potential and improving their lives, specializes in training students in construction trades, engineering design, computer aided design and drafting. Austin Career Institute creates environments where students can learn their desired trade or skillset in the shortest possible time at a lower cost through innovative and hands-on methods using cutting edge and proprietary educational technologies.
Further Representing Texas in the White House Task Force on New Americans were Laurie Larrea, President Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, Olivia Cassidy from Upwardly Global’s Texas Expansion Team, Southern Methodist University’s Carrie Perkins, and FMUMP’s Faith and David Nibbs.