FREE English for Refugees (CRESL)

Colorado's official English school for refugees

English classes are FREE for refugees! Emily Griffith is an excellent resource for new arriving refugees to learn English, continue their education and achieve a long-lasting career. 

Click here for a schedule of classes.

Career Readiness English as a Second Language (CRESL) also known as Colorado Refugee ESL classes are funded by the Colorado Refugee Services Program.  All individuals with refugee, asylum or ORR status can attend CRESL classes for free for up to 5 years.  Students can start any Monday.

Scholarships to pay for college certificate programs are also available for refugees and asylees.

Registration Details

1) Email CARES referral form to
2) Bring  I-94  to Emily Griffith Technical College
     1860 Lincoln St Denver 80203, Room 426
3)  Take a test
4)  Choose your classes (with assistance from EG Tech staff)
5)  Start classes the following Monday (students can also register on Monday and start that same day)

Registration & Testing Hours

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday

English to prepare for a job!

  • FREE for refugees & asylees for up to 5 years
  • Open Enrollment: start any Monday
  • Day and evening classes
  • 6 start times througout the day
  • Attend classes before or after work shift
  • 5 Levels: literacy to high intermediate
  • Computer classes
  • On-the-job training at Emily’s Coffee
  • Most diverse English language school in Colorado
  • Access to more than 20 college certificate programs
  • Preparation for HSE
  • Serving Denver, Aurora and beyond

CRESL Curriculum

Download the CRESL Curriculum Guide for free.  We provide this resource for educators, ELA professionals and anyone who is interested in learning more about our intensive career readiness English program.  












Did you know?

Did you know that more than 2,000 refugees find hope, as well as a new home, in Colorado each year? The Language Learning Center helps these newcomers adjust to the changes that they encounter. We offer free English classes and job-skills training to refugees in our Career Readiness English as a Second Language (CRESL) program. We are honored to assist individuals who have been on a long  journey to make it to Denver, Aurora and surrounding areas. Their eagerness to learn is a driving force in our program.


Fast Facts 

  • The Language Learning Center teaches English to more than 1,200 refugees every year.
  • Refugees arrive in Colorado from all over the world, including Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
  • The largest number of refugees in our classes come from Burma (Myanmar), Iraq, Bhutan, Somalia, Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan.
  • Many refugees arrive speaking little or no English, but after studying at Emily Griffith are able to find jobs in just 6 months.
  • Refugees enrolled in EGTC are eligible for scholarships of up to $5,000 per year to go to college and complete career and technical certificate programs.

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Upcoming Related Events

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
EGTC Career Fair 2017!
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Fundraiser for Kneaded Dough
Time: 4:00pm
Friday, May 5, 2017
Legal Advice Office
Time: 11:15am

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From our students...

EGTC is teaching me the skills to prepare me for the state CNA exam, this school has a very high passing rate. My teacher is fun and energetic, she makes you want to learn!

Elisa Domenget
Current Student

From our teachers...

I love when students return and tell me how much they appreciated the program and what they learned.

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