Career Readiness ESL : Emily Griffith Technical College

Career Readiness ESL

If you are a refugee who has entered the United States in the last five years, our Career Readiness ESL (CRESL) program will help you build your language skills and find a job. 

Career Readiness ESL (CRESL)  is our free English program for refugees. In CRESL classes, you’ll learn the language skills you need to work in the United States. You can take classes ranging from low-literacy to advanced. 

All individuals with refugee or asylum status can attend CRESL classes for free for up to five years. 

Project Worthmore: We have partnered with Project Worthmore to offer our CRESL classes at Village Exchange Center at 1609 Havana St, Aurora, Colo. and Hidden Brook Apartments, 1313 Xenia St, Denver, in addition to our main location at 1860 Lincoln St, Denver, Colo. 

Register today: If you are ready to get started learning English, check out our class schedule below and start your application here

You will need documentation showing your immigration status to register. 

Questions? If you need more information, give us a call at 720-423-4700 or email us at


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"Mr. G is excellent. One of the most patient teachers I've ever had," says Reuben. "He will sit and explain things to you; he knows how to translate the information."

Reuben Alcantar is a student in the Commercial/Residential HVAC & Refrigeration program. Rueben will complete his certificate this month and is already filing the paperwork to start his own HVAC business!

He decided to attend Emily Griffith after he was laid off from his job as a welder for Northwest Pipe Company when the company decided to close its Denver facility. He was eligible for a Trade Adjustment Assistance grant and after helping his neighbor with some HVAC work, decided he wanted to make it his new career. 

He chose Emily Griffith because we understood his specific needs, particularly regarding childcare for his 7-year-old daughter. He also appreciates the hands-on experience that he’s received. “Mr. G is excellent. One of the most patient teachers I’ve ever had,” says Reuben. “He will sit and explain things to you; he knows how to translate the information.”

Vince Guerrie, HVAC instructor, says of Rueben, “He’s a natural leader. He always steps up to help. He’s going to be very successful.” 

Rueben is looking forward to starting his own business and being his own boss. He hopes to be able to spend more time with his family but he says he will miss coming to Emily Griffith every day. 

Congratulations Reuben! 

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