The Rian Immigrant Center is committed to supporting immigrants’ advancement in the workplace and in society.
We offer online courses and individual tutoring to support immigrants in developing the skills, education, and confidence they need to earn a sustainable living, contribute to economic growth, and integrate into society. To stay up-to-date on our programs, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Tech Goes Home Computer Courses
Today, computer proficiency is a prerequisite in nearly every employment sector and is essential for work and education. In partnership with local nonprofit Tech Goes Home (TGH), we offer computer courses for adults with little or no computer experience. These courses equip students with knowledge and skills to secure better employment and increased economic stability. Students learn to use the Google Suite applications ( Mail, Docs, Slides, Sheets), learn how to conduct online job searches, create resumes and practice interview techniques.
English for Speakers of Other Languages
Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program offers students opportunities to build the critical language skills they need to improve their fluency in North American English and gain tools to secure meaningful employment, communicate, and cultivate a sense of belonging in the United States. Instructors of our 3 levels of beginner and intermediate ESOL courses adapt their teaching as needed to accommodate students’ language learning goals. Our ESOL courses have been held online since March 2020, and our instructors utilize Zoom/RingCentral, WhatsApp and Google Classroom to build community and support students’ language learning. We also offer ESOL conversation classes to build students’ fundamental listening and speaking skills.
Individual Achievement Program
Our Individual Achievement Program (IAP) provides students with one-to-one coaching that supports them in achieving short- and long-term career and education goals. We provide resources and guidance — for example, in assisting students with attaining a driver’s license, finding a job, or advancing their education through programs such as HiSET/GED or technical training. We are committed to partnering students with tutors who have relevant personal, educational and/or industry experience as they work to actualize their goals. All students enrolled in our ESOL courses are eligible for participation in the IAP.
At Rian Immigrant Center, we deeply value the experience and gifts our immigrant community members contribute to our society, and provide one-on-one tutoring for adults seeking to gain knowledge and confidence to pass the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization exam. Our citizenship curriculum, fully updated for the new naturalization test as of December 2020, includes basic knowledge of U.S. history, civics, culture, government, and civic engagement.
“The Rian Immigrant Center has helped my family adapt to this amazing country. The Education Department has helped me hunt for new career opportunities and the English classes have helped me improve my English skills. I feel more confident in myself and my ability to provide for my family.”
– ESOL Student, 2020
“When I came to the United States the Rian Immigrant Center helped me so much. I had a very difficult time speaking English. I could not express my emotions or feelings. The English class has given me confidence. My English has improved so much.
— ESOL Student, 2020
“The Rian Immigrant Center has helped me so much. I am very thankful for the English classes because I have learned so much. I believe in myself. ”
— ESOL Student, 2021
“At the Rian Immigrant Center, I want to improve my life. English class is the most important thing that I can be part of; here I can find the tools to help create the path where I need to walk in order to live the best life in the United States.”
— Jennis, Cuba, ESOL Intermediate Course, Spring 2018
“The Rian Immigrant Center has had a big impact on me, because I have learned a lot from my teachers. They are patient with me and the volunteers are too. I have gotten to know so many nice people from different countries.”
— Eduardo, Cuba, ESOL Beginner Course, Spring 2018