Higher began as RefugeeWorks in 1997; in its first year, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) selected RefugeeWorks as the government’s principle training and technical assistance provider for employment and self-sufficiency. Since that time, Higher has been ORR’s training and technical assistance arm on employment to improve self-sufficiency among resettled refugees and strengthen community integration. Today, Higher is a program of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to provide refugee employment technical assistance to all nine national resettlement agencies. With solid expertise and a network of over 300 local organizations, Higher is uniquely suited to offer current and responsive support to local refugee employment programs, creative and flexible solutions for companies in need of reliable workers, and consistent learning tools for refugees and other migrants seeking to enter and advance in the U.S. workforce.

Timeline of Higher’s History

1997   Higher is formed as a new program at LIRS in 1997 under the name Refugee Works     

1997          Higher is awarded a grant by ORR to serve the field by providing employment technical assistance for refugees and immigrants.

2012   The officially changes the name of the program from Refugee Works to Higher and starts providing online services at higheradvantage.org  

2014   Higher’s First Conference Baltimore, MD

2015   Higher’s Second Conference Omaha Nebraska

2016   Higher’s Third Conference in Denver, CO

2017      Higher joins LinkedIn     Connect with us here


October 1, 2017 Higher celebrates its 20th anniversary!