The Association of Colombian Professionals Atlanta (Acolpa) wants to be a bridge between newly arrived Colombian and other Hispanic immigrants and the professional world, said Alejandro Contreras, vice president of the newly formed group.

With about 50 members, the 3-month-old organization has representatives in Cobb and Gwinnett counties, but aims to be present throughout the metro area, Mr. Contreras told GlobalFax in an interview.

“Our goal is to reach professionals, but also to be involved with the entire Colombian community and the Hispanic community,” said Mr. Contreras.

Acolpa estimates that there are about 5,000 Colombians living in the metro Atlanta area, even though some figures put the population at about 12,000.

The organization offers information on immigration, education, learning English and employment and is involved in targeted community projects, said Mr. Contreras. Currently, volunteers are helping Hispanic members of Atlanta carpenter’s union speak and read blueprints in English.

The group had its first bowling tournament this month and it plans to organize more social events, he said.

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