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Limited English Proficient Pathway

Limited English Proficient Pathway Program

We’re not just another employment program. Our service providers have close ties with ethnic communities and many employ staff who are immigrants or former refugees. We provide services in your primary language and in culturally appropriate ways.


The Limited English Proficiency Pathway (LEP) program helps refugees and parents receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits to become employed.

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Job Preparation – workshops on how to look for a job, resume writing, interviewing skills, employer expectation, and using the Internet to search for work.
  • Skills Training – training to gain or improve work skills in a specific industry.
  • Community Service Activities – unpaid work with a nonprofit organization that benefits the community.
  • Work Experience Activities – unpaid opportunities to practice work skills and gain work experience onsite with a nonprofit organization.
  • English as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Training – classroom instructional setting to increase literacy skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing.
  • Transportation Support Services - provides assistance to help non-TANF refugee participants address transportation needs to participate in LEP Pathway activities. TANF recipients receive support services through their local DSHS Offices.

Our service providers will work with you and potential employers to place you into a job. You will continue to receive services while you are working, such as interpretation and workplace conflict resolution assistance, to help you stay in a job.

ORIA LEP Pathway Program Manager Contact Information:

Artur Arakelyan

(206) 568-5785

artur.arakelyan@dshs.wa.gov

Click here for Limited English Proficiency Pathway service providers.

 

ORIA ESL Program Manager Contact Information:

Jennifer Malloy

(206) 568-5738

jennifer.malloy@dshs.wa.gov

Click here for English as-a-Second-Language training providers.