EMPOWER: Building Professional Skills & Opportunities for Refugees

Transform your career with a free, 26-week program designed for qualifying St. Louis refugees.

  • Free 26-week program focused on English language development, improving workforce skills, and creating pathways to new in-demand careers
  • Complete the form below to be contacted for enrollment.
  • Evening classes held at the Delmar DevINe
    5535 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

The English Language Program at WashU’s School of Continuing & Professional Studies merges English language development with valuable workforce certifications. The program is specifically designed for refugees looking for career development.

Qualified applicants will receive free:

  • English development classes
  • Support from a career pathway specialist
  • Workforce skills training
  • Certificates and job coaching in high-demand fields such as Healthcare, Geographic Information Systems, Data Analytics and Project Management


Must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have lived in the US for less than 5 years
  • Are eligible for employment
  • Have a minimum high school education
  • Have low-to-intermediate English proficiency
  • Can commit to a 26-week program

AND have one of the following immigration statuses:

  • Refugee Section 207 of INA
  • Asylum Section 208 of INA
  • Cuban/Haitian Section 501 Refugee Ed Assistance Act
  • Iraq/Afghan Special Immigrants Public Law 111-118
  • Trafficking Victims (under TV Act)
  • Afghan Special Immigrants and Humanitarian Parolees
  • Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees


Contact our ELP Program Coordinator

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