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Engineering firm diversifies with immigrants

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A Chicago engineering firm is actively hiring legal immigrants in an effort to create a new pipeline of hard-to-find qualified engineers and diversify its workforce.

Greeley and Hansen has hired two immigrant engineers—one from eastern Africa and another from Iraq—through its Global Engineers in Residence program, a six-month apprenticeship developed by the firm in concert with the nonprofit organization Upwardly Global.

The firm’s most recent hire was educated as a civil engineer in Eritrea, but fled the country because the government would not allow him to work in his chosen profession. He emigrated to neighboring Uganda, where he found work as an engineer.

After winning permanent residency in the United States through a “diversity visa” program, the engineer lived with relatives and worked in their auto repair shop, but was unable to find work as an engineer. So he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and later applied for the Greeley and Hansen apprenticeship.

Contact: Nancy Stankus, (312) 578-2341.

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