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Economic Wellbeing classes & video resources

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is now offering live, online weekly classes available nationwide in a variety of topics focused on providing remote support to refugees and other immigrants during the pandemic and economic crisis for free. With a live teacher and interpreter, class attendees gain access to a variety of classes, including Vocational ESL, Job Readiness, and Financial Capability. Each class will be taught in multiple languages each week to increase access for the diverse communities we serve.

Classes offered include:

Vocational ESL 

Classes available from August 24-September 18, 2020.

Beginner Level: In this class, individuals with little to no English will have the opportunity to build their speaking and listening skills to prepare for success at work.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11-12:30pm MST

Intermediate Level: In this class, individuals who have basic speaking and listening skills can strengthen their English to support success at work.

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10-11pm MST 

Job Readiness during COVID-19

Classes available from August 4-27, 2020.

In this class, individuals will have the opportunity to strengthen the knowledge and skills they need to find and keep a job with a special emphasis on preparing for work in the dynamic COVID-19 context.

Spanish: Tuesdays from 2-3pm MST

Arabic: Wednesdays from 2-3pm MST

Swahili: Thursdays from 2-3pm MST

Financial Capabilities

Register for any class at any time. Email to receive registration form and class topics.

In these classes, individuals will develop foundational knowledge and skills to help them make good financial decisions, especially during the economic hardship of COVID-19.

Arabic: Tuesdays from 12:30-2:30pm MST 

Spanish: Thursdays from 12-2pm MST 

Dari: Fridays from 3:30-5:30pm MST 

Fall business workshops

Nothing says fall quite like leaves changing colors, breezy temperatures and learning more about business! Join the economic well-being team for this in-depth look at business featuring workshops on how to mangage finances, pay taxes and more! Classes will be held virtually October 6th-November 26th, Tuesdays at 5:30pm. To register contact Claire Kirkland, microenterprise development AmeriCorps, at claire.kirkland [at] rescue.org

Workshop schedule: 

  • October 6 - Business Terms
  • October 13 - Business Structures
  • October 20 - Business Plans
  • October 27 - Business Budgeting
  • November 3 - Financial Statements
  • November 10 - Managing Cashflow
  • November 17 - Business Taxes
  • November 24 - How to Pitch Your Business

Video resources available for the following areas:

Preparing for and maintaining safety at a job during COVID-19

Making good financial decisions during the pandemic and economic crisis

Accessing public benefits in the United States

Gaining new digital skills

For more information and to sign up for a class, contact:

Nolan La Barge, employment coordinator, at Nolan.LaBarge [at] rescue.org.

Maria Gigourtaki, acting economic empowerment program manager, at Maria.Gigourtaki [at] rescue.org.

For additional information, call our main phone line at 801.328.1091 and leave a message in your preferred language. An IRC staff member will respond promptly.