Prof. Fontaine Participates in Webinar Panel

POSTED ON: September 29, 2016


Prof. Fred Fontaine, chair of Electrical Engineering, was a panelist in a webinar called "Made in America - Credentials to Support the Skilled Immigrant Workforce" hosted by WES Global Talent Bridge and IMPRINT (Immigrant Professional Integration). The idea for this webinar grew out of recent research on immigrant professional integration. This webinar discussed the importance and positive outcome of additional American education to supplement the foreign education that immigrants had in their countries and learning contextual language that can be more useful than attending a general ESL course. The panel consisted of representatives from community college programs targeted for skilled immigrants and there were over 150 participants, who were from academic institutions or community based organizations interested in creating programs to support such skilled immigrants. 


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