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Employment & Training

For more than 35 years, our workforce solutions programs have been a respected leader in meeting staffing needs

The Institute's job candidates work in numerous sectors. We are St. Louis' most reliable authority when hiring and retaining an ethnically diverse workforce. A majority of our placements are concentrated in:

Health Care Hospitality & Tourism Light Manufacturing & Assembly Transportation

Annually, we make more than 500 job placements. There are no candidates or employer placement fees. Candidates include adult immigrants and refugees living in the City or County of St. Louis.

Job Placement

Matching the right people with the right jobs

Our job developers partner with Institute case specialists and others to successfully place each job candidate. Our services include assessment, orientation, job readiness classes and other training, case management, placement, and follow up.

Most registrants graduate from Job Readiness Class at the Institute. Skills developed include:

Basic financial literacy topics are also included, such as, understanding US currency, establishing a bank account, writing checks & using debit cards, and paying bills.

Job Placement Contact Information:

Mahmood Abosara
314-773-9090, ext. 166

Emma Richarson
314-773-9090, ext. 164

First-Step Job Skills Development Classes

Each class is taught by an experienced instructor accustomed to working with non-native English speakers The majority of students are recently-arrived refugee adults. There is no cost for those who are low-income. Check with the program coordinator regarding tuition cost for other applicants. Most programs are certified to operate by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

Industrial & Alterations Sewing

During this six-week course, students practice on industrial machines to perfect their sewing skills. They learn terminology, measuring, and develop other fine motor skills needed to work in the field. The class is limited to 6 people per course and is offered at the Institute weekdays.

Hotel Housekeeping

This one-week training program offers refugees and immigrants without prior work skills an opportunity to obtain entry-level hotel housekeeping employment. Students practice using cleaning equipment and supplies. They learn to handle linens, replace toiletries and otherwise provide finishing touches to room upkeep. Class schedule varies and is offered at the Institute weekdays.


Designed to meet the entry-level needs of recently arrived refugees, this one-week, nine-hour course focuses on three content areas including operations and English terminology:

First-Step Contact Information:

Rene Kreisel
314-773-9090, ext. 229

Career Path Services

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training

CNA training is an important first-step in a career ladder in the health sector. Graduates can gain employment in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home care. They can move on to additional health-related career path employment as their education and English skills permit.

Ten-week and 14-week CNA training options are available. Training is team-taught by state certified nursing professionals along with a qualified ESOL instructor. Classroom and lab sessions are offered at the International Institute. Clinical training takes place at an approved long-term care facility in the St. Louis area.

The program is approved by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and certified to operate by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

To qualify for CNA training, applicants must be able to pass an English entrance exam. Low-income, work-authorized immigrants, including refugees, are eligible for enrollment. If applicants meet income and length of residence requirements, they can enroll without cost.

CNA Contact Information:

Rene Kreisel
314-773-9090, ext. 229

Career Advancement for International Professionals (CAIP)

CAIP is a four-week/16 hour soft-skills training program for international professionals featuring:

Job interview practice sessions include local professionals who work with students on presentation skills and demeanor. Graduation certificates awarded for satisfactory program completion. Networking referrals will be made to the STL Regional Chamber’s Professional Connector Program.

Tuition is just $489 for the full 16-hour course. Scholarships may be available on request.

CAIP Contact Information:

Chelsea Hand
314-773-9090, ext. 132

Career Pathways

Tailored for those who have partially completed or fully completed a post-secondary degree abroad and are pursuing academic or professional certification in the US. Registrants meet with staff to create an extensive map outlining the steps needed to attain their academic and professional goals, including information on area degree programs, professional certification regulations, financial aid, industry testing, exam prep, job training programs and more.

Career Pathways Contact Information:

Sarah Masoud
314-773-9090, ext. 116