English and Workforce Development training programs are open to adult English language learners at intermediate to advanced proficiency levels. New applicants should come to CIET in Room C-239 on the second floor of LaGuardia’s C-building to fill out a pre-application and be added to the wait list. Professional immigrants from the healthcare sector (nurses, physicians, and mental health professionals) can also sign up for the wait list online by completing a survey at CIET’s NYC Welcome Back Center
You will then be invited to an information and pre-testing session to confirm your eligibility for the program and the most appropriate proficiency level of spoken English. For workforce programs, you may be required to show proof of work eligibility or home-country experience in certain professions, such as healthcare, to qualify for the program. Classes generally begin each semester in September, January or April, meeting four times a week and lasting approximately 10-12 weeks.
Maribel Baez came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic with a nursing degree. She passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical Nurses (NCLEX-LPN) and was able to work in her profession here, but when it came to advancing her career, she found the NCLEX-Registered Nurse (RN) much more difficult, failing the test three times. Then a friend told her about the NYC Welcome Back Center at LaGuardia, which guides internationally trained healthcare professionals through the New York State licensing process and provides referrals to education programs and job placement services. Maribel was referred to the NYC Welcome Back Center’s NCLEX-RN Preparation Course for English Language Learners and began the course. “With the help of my team of instructors, which included an ESOL instructor, nursing faculty and an educational case manager, I achieved my goal,” explains Maribel. She passed the NCLEX-RN and now works as a Registered Nurse in a school as well as a pediatric home care nurse. “I am well rewarded with my salary today, and I feel accomplished and recognized as a professional,” Maribel says.
CIET has become a national leader in integrated English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and technical certificate training using the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) model, which combines vocational skills training with basic skills instruction.
CIET hosts the NYC Welcome Back Center, part of the national Welcome Back Initiative for immigrant healthcare professionals.
Recent workforce programs include ESOL Bridge to Healthcare Careers, NY-BEST National Council Licensure Examination for Nurses Preparation Course for English Language Learners, NY-BEST ESOL Bridge to the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Exam for Foreign Trained Physicians, and NY-BEST ESOL Bridge to Accounting.