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  • Students are expected to notify their instructor and/or his/her advisor when he/she is absent.        
  • After three consecutive absences without notification, the student will be withdrawn from the class.
  • If a student misses a class meeting, s/he is responsible for all work done in class and homework is due upon return.
RENEW services are free for eligible students.
Course materials are provided for in-class use at no charge.
To be eligible for RENEW, students must be:
  1. at least 18 years old;
  2. a resident of Broward County;
  3. employed/registered with an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) employment provider
Who can apply?
  1. Asylee of all nationalities (first five years)
  2. Refugees of all nationalities (first five years)
  3. Cuban/Haitian entrants (including asylum applicants)
  4. Amerasians
  5. Lawful permanent residents who adjusted from prior refugee, entrant or asylum status
  6. Certified victims of human trafficking
Please call to schedule an eligibility interview. You will need to bring the following documents with you to this appointment (as applicable to you):
  1. I-94
  2. Employment Authorization card
  3. Permanent Residence card
  4. Driver license or Florida ID
  5. Asylum Letter of Order
  6. Asylum Application Receipt (for entrants and/or parolees from Cuba or Haiti only)
  7. Work information or referral from ORR Services, Youth COOP, or Workforce One​
Available programs include:
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL)
  •               ESOL Literacy Skills
                  ESOL College and Career Readiness​​
  • English Literacy for Career and Technical Education (ELCATE)
  • General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Citizenship classes
  • Workplace readiness and computer literacy skills
  • Referrals for vocational and continuing education programs
  • RENEW Offers six levels of ESOL courses.
  • Before registering for classes, all students must take the English placement test (CASAS) to determine level of instruction.
  • Each ESOL course is 14-16 weeks in length.
  • Books are available for students to use during class.
  • Each ESOL course level has a departmental final exam.
Students must complete ESOL level three to be eligible to be enrolled in Continuing Education Workforce/Vocational courses. 
  • Child care: RENEW refers eligible participants to child care assistance programs.
  • Employment: RENEW refers participants to local job service providers for employment assistance.
  • Transcript translation/evaluation: RENEW reffers participants to the refugee job service provider for transcript translation/evaluation.​​
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