Diversity

Immigrant Employment Connection Group

Why was the Immigrant Employment Connection Group created?

A group of community leaders in the St. Cloud area came together when they saw a need in early 2015 to help the East African population find jobs. Based on a one-year estimate from the census bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey, the number of foreign-born residents in St. Cloud metro area is estimated at around 10,500 (Stearns and Benton counties).

What is the focus of the Immigrant Employment Connection Group?

IECG’s focus is to educate employers and assist them in overcoming barriers that are real or perceived when hiring the immigrant population. Members of the group are voluntarily working on this project to better the community by addressing workforce development issues which will improve the health and wellbeing of job seekers and their families.