Employment Programs

The key to any newcomer’s success in the United States is his or her ability to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency. African Services Coalition’s two employment programs provides services to better equip newly arrived refugees (and other eligible populations) with the tools they need to become self-sufficient.

Questions?

For questions or further inquiries regarding Vocational Education, please contact the Operations Manager, Latosha Walker at (336) 574-2677 ext. 856 or latosha@ascafrica.org

Match Grant

African Services Coalition’s Match Grant program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). It requires an investment of “private” resources from the sponsoring agency to match its federal funds. Currently, for every $1 raised by the agency (in cash, in-kind services, or donations) ORR awards $2 to the agency (up to $2,200 per client in the program). The aim of the Match Grant program is to help enrollees attain economic self-sufficiency through the provision of comprehensive case-management and services leading to employment within the first six months of arrival without accessing any public cash assistance.

Matching Grant is a federally-funded program operated under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement. The North Carolina African Services Coalition the Matching Grant program through ECDC.

Who is eligible for our Match Grant Program?

To be eligible for the MG program, clients must provide documentary proof of one of the following statuses:

  1. Refugees or asylees;
  2. Cuban or Haitian entrants;
  3. Certain Ameraisans or Vietnam;
  4. Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking;
  5. Special Immigrant Visa Holders (SIVs).

Enrollment in the MG Program must occur within 30 days of the individual’s date of eligibility. At least one member of the case unit must be deemed ‘employable’. Enrollment in African Services Coalition’s MG program is based on staff discretion and the likelihood of accessing employment and economic self-sufficiency quickly.

All eligibility requirements are sourced from the ORR website.

Are you newly arrived to the US and eligible for our Match Grant services? Contact Match Grant Coordinator, Karat Berhane at (336) 574-2677 ext. 855 or karat@ascafrica.org, today to be assessed for employment services.

Interested in hiring clients from our Match Grant program to work at your company or business? Check out our page for potential employers.

Can you volunteer your time, furniture, or funds to support our Match Grant Program? Find out more about how your donations impact our programs.

Match Grant Eligible?

Are you newly arrived to the US and eligible for our Match Grant services? Contact Match Grant Coordinator, Karat Berhane at 336-574-2677 ext. 855 or karat@ascafrica.org, today to be assessed for employment services.

Hire Clients from Match Grant

Interested in hiring clients from our Match Grant program to work at your company or business? Check out our page for potential employers.

Volunteer or Donate?

Can you volunteer your time, furniture, or funds to support our Match Grant Program? Find out more about how your donations impact our programs.

Refugee Assistance Program-Social Services (RAP-SS)

African Services Coalition’s RAP-SS is the longest running program in our office. The aim of the RAP-SS program is to provide short-term assistance for refugees and other eligible populations to obtain and sustain economic self-sufficiency through employment related services. The program is supported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services State Refugee Office. For more information about the NC State Refugee Office please visit their website.

RAP-SS provides pre-employment services, job development and employment follow-up for refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holder for up to five years from the initial date of eligibility.

Are you eligible for employment services through our RAP-SS program? Contact our Contact RAP-SS Job developer Connie McCowan at 336-574-2677 ext. 852 or connie@ascafrica.org.

Do you want to hire well-qualified, hardworking refugees through our RAP-SS program? Contact RAP-SS Job developer Connie McCowan at 336-574-2677 ext. 852 or connie@ascafrica.org.

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Vocational Education

African Services Coalition assists refugees in advancing in their careers and academics through our vocational education program. Our staff provides guidance and counseling on vocational education programs that a refugee client might benefit from. Based on a refugee’s previous work and academic experience, English ability and self-sufficiency a client may be eligible for financial assistance to participate in any of the following programs:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant I (CNA)
  • Over the Road (OTR) Truck Driving School
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Warehouse Technician

Contact Kiersten Cannon to schedule an appointment or call her at 336-574-2677.

Specialized Training

Driver’s License Training: African Services Coalition strives to support self-sufficiency by recognizing the importance of personal transportation in the region. ASC contracts with a professional driving instructor who has years of experiencing teaching refugees driving skills and North Carolina laws. Refugees are eligible for driver’s training based on a number of factors, including but not limited to: English skills, self-sufficiency, and an ability to provide liability insurance.

Contact Kiersten Cannon to schedule an appointment or call her at 336-574-2677.

Vocational Education Counseling

Refugees come to the United States with a variety of skills and educational backgrounds. ASC supports clients by offering continuing education counseling and assistance in contacting local academic institutions.

Academic Transcript Evaluation Assistance

Some refugees dedicate years of their lives to obtaining advanced degrees in their home countries before being forced to flee. African Services Coalition offers refugees assistance in evaluating transcripts and diplomas from their country of origin in preparation for continuing with academia or pursuing a career in their field.