Immigrant Engineer Retraining Program
Through the Immigrant Engineer Retraining Program, Bnai Zion and The Cooper Union help immigrant engineers and scientists maintain self-reliance and economic independence through productive employment. The mission of our Re-Training Program is to offer participants the opportunity to update their skills and work in their chosen fields by offering them professional courses and job placement assistance. The program is free of charge.
Main External Site: http://www.bnaizion.org/retraining.php
Director: Fred Fontaine
In 1987, Bnai Zion initiated a program under its Scientists Division to help scientists and engineers who immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union to find jobs. At first, classes were given at the Bnai Zion House, but the number of students soon outgrew the space. In 1991, Bnai Zion formed a partnership with Cooper Union to run the program on a larger scale. The Cooper Union provides the courses, instructors, facilities, and equipment. Bnai Zion conducts outreach, offers students career counseling and job placement services, and workshops for English language skills. Bnai Zion also advertises the program, registers and selects students, and keeps records concerning job placement and enrollment.
Since the inception of the program, the Re-Training Program for Immigrant Engineers has taught over 3,500 students and placed approximately 1,900 of them in jobs.