Many adults are able to walk to their ESOL or vocational classes located within a short distance of their residences. In-service training was designed and is delivered on an on-going basis to instruct SAVES teachers, administrators and support staff on the program's changes, goals and funding model. Training includes ESOL methodology, cultural sensitivity, data base procedures for reporting client information and pre/post assessment requirements.


A special ELCATE program was tailored for SAVES English learners. Issues related to US work ethics, employment opportunities, and vocational certification are among the topics covered. Each eligible client works out a student-specific individual education plan with a counselor or designee which details their English language/vocational course of study.

There are over 7,000 SAVES participants a year. Since February 2001, SAVES has extended its services to include all refugees or asylees. Clients include students from Algeria , Brazil, Colombia, Rwanda, Cuba, Haiti, and more. A recent study reported that SAVES students have a better retention and promotion rate than the general adult population in the school district. As SAVES grows, it continues to prioritize ESOL and vocational classes/training as its main goal.

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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.