English Language Services & Basic Skills


ESL Programs for Refugees

The Refugee Assistance Program (RAP) offers free English language training for people 16 years old or over who have refugee or political asylum status. Teachers work closely with the students to help them develop language proficiency necessary to obtain and retain meaningful employment. RAP offers the following classes:
Pre-Beginning LIteracy
Low Beginning
High Beginning
Low Intermediate
High Intermediate

For more information about the program in Baltimore City, please call 410-986-5430 or 410-986-5464.
The Refugee Youth Project helps refugee children develop the knowledge and skills necessary for academic success and positive acculturation. The program is offered in conjunction with the Baltimore City Public Schools and meets year round, after school, in the summer, and on weekends. Classes are free. For more information, please call 410-558-3194.

Refugee Employment Training Program (RETP):


The Refugee Employment Training Program (RETP) - transitioning to a new name Baltimore Refugee Integration, Skills Training, and Employment Program (RISE) - seeks to serve refugee-eligible populations in upgrading or developing new job skills for better employment opportunities and career laddering. Occupational skills training is supported by contextualized ESL courses.

Eligible populations include refugees, asylees, special immigrant visa holders, Cuban and Haitian parolees, and certified human trafficking victims.

Trainings in 2016 include:
  • Certified Maintenance Employee

  • Warehouse Inventory Control Specialist

  • Forklift Operator

  • Introduction to Healthcare Careers

Other trainings may be available in Accounting and Bookkeeping, Cybersecurity, IT, Healthcare, Construction, and Administration depending on student’s English proficiency, address, and income level.

Please contact Amanda Olmstead at aolmstead@bccc.edu or 410-558-3266 for more information.