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SAVES: AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM THAT MEETS THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF ADULT REFUGEES/ASYLEES/ENTRANTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

Due to strife in their countries of origin, a large number of Cuban and Haitian nationals attempted to raft to Florida in 1994. Most were adult males who ranged from unskilled workers to highly trained professionals. Those who were intercepted by the United States Coast Guard were taken to the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo, Cuba. Upon their release from Guantanamo, a majority settled in south Florida. Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Adult and Vocational programs were heavily impacted.

 

First implemented in April 1996, the Skills for Academic, Vocational and English Studies (SAVES) Program became a critical support to these refugees. Funded through a contract from The Department of Children and Families Refugee Services Office, SAVES was established to address the specific English language, academics and vocational training needs of this refugee/asylee/entrant population. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English Literacy for Career and Technical Education (ELCATE) curricula were developed.

Students are identified and interviewed using program-specific intake forms. Once legal eligibility requirements are identified for program participation, instructional needs and individual client vocational goals are established. English language instruction is emphasized. SAVES classes are offered through 16 adult and vocational education technical centers throughout Miami-Dade County.

 
     
 
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This project is sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families, Refugees Services Program, and is funded solely with grants from the U.S. Department of Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement.