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Foundation Funded Programs Lead to Positive Outcomes for English Language Learners

November 9th, 2017

Since 2011, the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation has invested $3.5 million in four best-in-class Bridge-to-College programs providing academic and social supports for adult immigrant English language learners seeking post-secondary education, training, and employment. Jobs for the Future evaluated the programs and found significant outcomes in educational attainment, economic advancement, and cultural integration.
Among many other positive outcomes, participants enrolled in and completed post-secondary education at high rates, found employment in fields directly related to their education, and increased hourly wages. These are notable findings given the importance of immigrants to Boston’s economy and cultural vitality (nearly 30% of the adult working civilian population in Boston are immigrants).
Read the executive summary or download the full report for a view on how philanthropy can support Bridge-to-College models and for a detailed look at the programs offered by Asian American Civic Association, Jewish Vocational Service, Northern Essex Community College, and YMCA of Greater Boston International Learning Center.

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