International Institute opens new center, closer to downtown clients it serves

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Molly Short Carr, Program Director IINE; Megan Clark, Case Specialist IINE; Jeffrey Thielman, President and CEO IINE; Yadu Neupane, IINE intern; Christine Brennan, Deputy Commissioner of Education. Photo/Laura Aronson

MANCHESTER, NH – On April 18, the International Institute of New England (IINE) celebrated the opening of its new education center and offices on the corner of Bridge and Pine streets. Its downtown Manchester location is convenient for the immigrants and refugees it serves. It provides education in English and job search skills to adults, and services including resettlement aid and translation services.

Jeffrey Thielman, President and CEO, greeted the many immigrant adults and children who thronged the halls and classrooms, along with Mayor Joyce Craig and state Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut.

“With the charter school and preschool upstairs, and now the IINE in the lower level, it’s nice to see this building filled with people being educated,” Thielman said.

From left, Frank Edelblut, Commissioner of Education, Sarah Bennett, Adult Education Consultant for the State, Jeffrey Thielman, IINE President and CEO. Photo/Laura Aronson

“As a former principal at Beech Street Elementary School, the International Institute provided wonderful partners who helped families assimilate into our community and into our school. Having the Institute centrally located will help serve more of the clients,” said Christine Brennan, Deputy Commissioner of Education.

The Manchester Institute was formerly located on Elm Street in the North End. It was founded in Lowell in 1919 and Boston in 1924. The International Institute of New Hampshire was founded in 1994. In 2001 the three sites became one consolidated organization – The International Institute of New England.

Pinpoint Translation Services expands into NH

Pinpoint staff, from left, Famoh Toureh, Arnold Mikolo, and Briceida Torres. Photo/Laura Aronson

During the launch Pinpoint Translation Services also celebrated its expansion into New Hampshire. Founded in 1980, Pinpoint is a partner of IINE, and provides interpreting for legal, educational, medical, refugee, and business needs. It provides translating for business, healthcare, government, and school needs, and it trains interpreters for certification. Its employees work on-site and over the phone in more than 130 languages.

Pinpoint’s New Hampshire employees include:

  • Famoh Toureh – Mandingo, Soso/Susu, Bambara, French, Broken Liberian English, and Mandrinka
  • Arnold Mikolo – Swahili, Lingala, French, Kirundi, Kinarwanda
  • Briceida Torres – Spanish

 


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