Program Working To Help Immigrants Find Jobs

By: Carly Stephenson Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A program in the Valley is helping place immigrant farmers in jobs.

Whether it's farm work or another industry, the National Farm Workers Job Program gives immigrants the training at no cost.

Workers who help run the program say locally 44 farmers are currently enrolled in training, which is an increase in enrollment. The program is run by the Telamon Corporation and the Virginia Employment Commission.

Training at local community colleges ranges from ESL training to counseling.

One local farmer went from picking apples to starting his own business. Coordinators say there are challenges because some workers haven't had a chance at education.

"You know, eventually not only helping themselves but also the community. For those who don't want to remain anymore in agriculture then we provide employment training," said Nelson Diaz, a program coordinator with Telamon Corporation.

If you think you may be eligible, contact Ana Nethken at 540-7065-4440.


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