Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning


The DWDAL New American Workforce Program


Download the New American Workforce Program (NAWP) - Ensuring the Success of New Americans, Refugees and Asylees brochure (PDF)

Welcome to DWDAL's New American Workforce Program’s webpage—a self-help tool designed to empower New American job seekers and Limited English Proficient (LEP) customers alike navigate the state workforce system while getting informed about basic local resources. Here you will find how and where you can learn English as a Second Language (ESL), pursue your GED® diploma, or learn about jobs and new careers training opportunities being offered at the 34 One Stop Centers throughout Maryland, as well as other valuable information.

As a nation of immigrants, this country has always relied on its foreign born population to revive its economy and workforce system. As proclaimed in the Maryland’s Executive Order 01.01.2008.18, the DWDAL-New American Program seeks to help “expedite immigrant integration into the economic and civic life of the state.” We do that by partnering with other offices, coordinating and offering technical assistance, training, and policy guidance to the twelve local workforce areas. In doing so, these areas may provide meaningful access state-wide to LEP persons and eliminate certain barriers. Learn more about Executive Order 01.01.2008.18 and the New American Council.

Workforce Information and Resources

Jobs and Trainings Opportunities: If you are qualified to work, have a work permit and social security card, and are looking for employment, or if you wish to be trained in a new career, you should visit a One Stop Career Center near you and ask to talk with a job specialist. One Stop Career Centers are part of Maryland Jobs Now, high-performing, results-oriented workforce organizations investing in employment and training strategies, services, and initiatives, affording Marylanders good-paying jobs in a thriving economy. Working in partnership with Local Workforce Investment Areas, services include matching job seekers with employers, providing training opportunities, and reporting on the needs and demands of the labor market.

Create your profile for businesses to consider on the Maryland Workforce Exchange-Virtual One Stop MWE-VOS). Be sure to provide any professional experience and college degrees prior to entering the U.S.

We Speak your Language: All 34 One Stop Career Centers in Maryland are equipped to assist in your native language. Additional information is available in Spanish or you may contact us by email.

Education & English as a Second Language Courses: You can improve your English skills, further your education through ESL (English as a Second Language) and GED courses. The following links or sites contain places where you, your relatives, or your dependents may go to learn English:

Persons finishing high school prior to entering the U.S may not be required to take the GED classes because their high school diplomas may be the direct equivalent to U.S. high school diplomas.

Important Notices & Additional Website Information

Selective Service Registration: Did you know that all males 18 – 25 years old when entering the United States must register with the U.S. Office of Selective Service? Failure to register may make you ineligible for certain benefits & workforce programs offered at the One Stop Career Centers.

Social Security Administration: You should contact a Social Security Administration (SSA) office near you if you need a new SS card, or if you become a U.S. citizen through the process of naturalization so they may update your file and issue you a new card.

Equal Employment Rights: Know your equal employment rights as an employee or job applicant. In Maryland, “A qualified person cannot be denied employment because of Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Age, National Origin, Marital Status, Disability, Sexual Orientation or Genetic Information” (Article 49B, Annotated Code of Maryland).

Consumer Rights: Visit Maryland Attorney General Consumer Protection Division.

Green Card: Visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for questions about your Green Card, working in the US, Citizenship, or Immigration.

Business in Maryland: It's easy to start a business in Maryland. Call 410-767-6300.

Contact the DWDAL-New American Program Coordinator, Rodrigue Vital, with questions or email a story on immigrants integration (please write “Immigrants Integration” in the subject line).

Disclaimer: DWDAL- New American Program webpage cannot guarantee an individual employment or training eligibility. We hold no responsibility for the conduct of these agencies or offices we mention.