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Colorado ranked among the highest in the country in employment measures for refugees, immigrants

The Denver Post
Angelo Donnabella, an asylum seeker who came to Colorado from Venezuela, got help from a program at Emily Griffith to integrate him into the workforce. He is pictured on Sept. 10, 2019 at his place of work, Builders FirstSource in Littleton.
RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

When Angelo Donnabella, his wife and young daughter landed in Colorado after fleeing Venezuela as asylum seekers, the 35-year-old didn’t know if he could pursue an engineering career in a new country.

“It was stressful. It was a big change when you move from your country because you have no choice,” Donnabella said. “It’s a different culture, a different language.”

The certifications, training and even experience required were different. But now, the design technician at Builders FirstSource is well on his way to achieving his career goals, which he largely credits to the program at Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver.

Colorado’s Refugee Services Program is ranked among the highest in the country in employment measures related to immigrants and refugee resettlement state agencies, according to a 2019 report from the federal Administration for Children and Families.

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