ImmigrantInfo.org is a collaborative project, sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations (SCC OIR) and the South Bay Consortium of Adult Education (SBCAE). This unique partnership is creating new connections between immigration/citizenship service providers and the adult education providers that are helping newcomers through access to English, literacy, life skills, vocational training, employment assistance and a path to higher education. Working together, these partners can lead immigrants and their families to achieve higher levels of civic participation, financial security and social comfort.
Since 2001, ImmigrantInfo.org has maintained an in-depth, searchable database of current ESL and citizenship classes in Santa Clara County, CA.
Over time we added a categorized/searchable database of over 700 links to local, state and national government, educational, and non-profit resources used by immigrants, advocates, caseworkers, policy-makers, researchers, students and teachers.
We also post research, demographics and photos to expand awareness and understanding of our diverse populations and the value that they bring with them from all over the world.
We have created a community calendar for Santa Clara County immigration and citizenship related events, as well as non-political ethnic celebrations and holidays. Future plans include initiating a blog sharing immigrant stories and perspectives for a deeper understanding of the experience we are all sharing.
Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations
Over the past two decades Santa Clara County has developed a unique approach to immigrant integration. Policy makers, activists, scholars, researchers, county employees and community members have worked together to strategize and implement changes and to better recognize demographic shifts and appreciate immigrant contributions. The SCC OIR has supported Immigrantinfo.org since 2001.
In 2015 the Board of Supervisors allocated additional funding to form a new standalone Office of Immigrant Relations. (SCC OIR)
SCC OIR Staff
Office of Immigrant Relations County Government Center
The Santa Clara County Citizenship Collaborative was formed in 1997 to address the needs of immigrants by providing information, referrals, and direct citizenship application services. The SCC OIR is currently funding four organizations to provide free or low cost immigration and citizenship assistance to low income immigrants:
- Asian Law Alliance (ALA)
- Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
- Center for Employment Training (CET)
- SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network)
Links to these and other collaborating service providers can also be found in the Resource Database.
The South Bay Coalition of Adult Education
The SBCAE is a consortium of four colleges and five adult education schools in Santa Clara County, CA, working together to build pathways for adult learners to have some economic self sufficiency in an area with one of the highest costs of living in the country. The consortium is dedicated to create a positive collective impact on the local workforce and build a just economy and healthy community.
Since its Charter in 2015, the consortium has facilitated the connection and coordination of many of the providers of ESL and Citizenship classes to promote the “No Wrong Door” policy and assure that adult learners will find continuity and support as they work towards their goals.
As the California adult education environment continues to evolve, SBCAE has been instrumental in keeping stakeholders informed and focusing awareness on the needs of low income immigrant adult learners.
SBCAE's community partners created a three year regional plan which is currently being implemented. Connection with the community remains a high priority and the consortium continues to hold regular public meetings to review progress.
- Campbell Adult & Community Education (CACE)
- East Side Adult Education
- Evergreen Valley College
- Milpitas Adult Education
- Mission College
- San Jose City College (SJCC)
- Santa Clara Adult Education (SCAE)
- Silicon Valley Adult Education (Program SVAEP)
- West Valley Community College
- Workforce Institute (San Jose Evergreen Community College District)