January 8, 2020                                                                                                               Read past issues here
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Expand New York's $175 Million Workforce Development Initiative
  • amNY Metro Op-Ed with Congresswoman Maloney: "Investing in the Future of NYC's Workers"
  • Final $15 Minimum Wage Phase-In in NYC & End of Subminimum Wage Across NYS
  • Upcoming NYC Council Hearing on Extending Employment Protections for Individuals with Criminal Justice System Involvement
  • Funding Opportunity: NYCEDC Rolling Entrepreneurship Project RFEI
  • Events and Professional Development
  • Program Recruitment
  • Job Opportunities
Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Expand New York's $175 Million Workforce Development Initiative
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his proposal to include the expansion of the $175 million Workforce Development Initiative to meet emerging job demand in this year's State of the State. The Governor included the following proposals:
  • Expanding placed-based workforce development in underserved communities by creating new future of work centers
  • Expanding apprenticeships across the state 
  • Expanding early college high school training programs 
  • Addressing emerging demand in the green economy by creating industry-driven green jobs training programs:
    • Invest an additional $40 million, totaling an investment of $100 million, over the next five years to train 40,000 clean energy workers
    • Expand statewide auto tech training task force to include training for electric vehicles
    • Launch the new offshore wind training institute on Long Island at SUNY Stony Brook and Farmingdale
    • Create the solar energy corps to train young New Yorkers to build solar energy arrays and install solar energy equipment at State Park and DEC facilities
It is unclear whether these new proposals would be funded by new investments or through the unspent portion of the $175 million WDI. For more details, read the press release and the Governor's broader 2020 State of the State Agenda.
amNY Metro Op-Ed with Congresswoman Maloney

Yesterday, am Metro New York (new merger between amNY and Metro) published an op-ed “Investing in the future of NYC’S workers” co-authored by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) and Jose Ortiz, NYCETC’s Executive Director, arguing that increased investments in employment and training programs by government and businesses are critical to ensuring that more people have career pathways into growing, living-wage jobs. This op-ed builds upon NYCETC’s testimony before the US Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC) at the "Connecting More People to Work" on November 20, which was chaired at the time by Congresswoman Maloney. 

The op-ed highlights the story of DeAsia Zellner, a Bronx resident who has built a flourishing career in healthcare with the training and support of STRIVE, a member of NYCETC. “We must do a better job of helping New Yorkers and Americans gain the skills needed to improve their lives and contribute to the economy,” said Maloney and Ortiz. “Nonprofit organizations are leading the way, and it’s time for more employers and government agencies to do their part.” 

Final $15 Minimum Wage Phase-In in NYC & End of Subminimum Wage Across NYS
December 31 marked the final phase in of the $15 minimum wage for New York City, raising to $15 for workers employed by small businesses (those with 10 employees or fewer). The $15 minimum wage was phased in for larger businesses in NYC last year, and will grow to $15 for Long Island and Westchester in 2021 and to $12.50 for the rest of the state at the end of this year. 

The end of 2019 also marked the end of the “subminimum wage for 'miscellaneous' industries statewide,” which has impacted over 70,000 tipped employees across the state. Workers that will be impacted by the new measure include: nail salon workers, hairdressers, aestheticians, car wash workers, valet parking attendants, door-persons, tow truck drivers, dog groomers and tour guides. The elimination of the tip wage for miscellaneous industries will be phased in over a one-year period.
The ending the State's tip credit for miscellaneous industries - bringing those workers up to the current minimum wage - comes as the NYS Department of Labor released a report and recommendations after conducting hearings and receiving testimony from individuals across tipped industries. Key findings in the DOL report note that:
  • The current system of tipping disproportionally impacts the lowest-paid workers in our state: women, minorities and immigrants. 
  • Miscellaneous workers receive less in tips and have widespread confusion about whether or not they are entitled to earn minimum wage or not. This has led to rampant wage theft in particular industries, and a real concern that tip credits are simply not appropriate in others, as many of their customers aren't clear that tips are expected.
For more information and full implementation timeline, see the NYS press release.
Upcoming NYC Council Hearing on Extending Employment Protections for Individuals with Criminal Justice System Involvement
Below is a NYC Council hearing taking place this month that is relevant to the workforce community. NYCETC is planning to testify - please contact our Advocacy Director Jesse Laymon if your organization is interested in testifying.  For meeting location, click on "hearing details," and see full Council hearing calendar for other Council meetings.

Committee on Civil Service and Labor  -  January 22  /  10 am
Proposed Int. No. 1314-A: Prohibiting discrimination and extending employment protections based on one’s arrest record, pending criminal accusations or criminal convictions.  Hearing Details
Funding Opportunity: NYCEDC Rolling Entrepreneurship Project RFEI
The NYC Economic Development Corporation seeks to identify additional opportunities to foster the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in New York City through a rolling Entrepreneurship Project RFEI. Projects may include initiatives that expand the City’s entrepreneurship infrastructure (e.g., affordable workspace, broadband connectivity), develop entrepreneurial talent in the City, provide resources for entrepreneurs, or propose other ways to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in the city. Responses are due no later than July 31, 2020.

2020 Emerging Jobs Report


Foundational Digital Skills: An Equity Imperative
Aspen Institute

Silicon Valley’s Newest Rival: The Banks of the Hudson
New York Times

City and State Officials, BioLabs and NYU Langone Celebrate Grand Opening of Cutting-Edge Biotech Incubator in Manhattan

In Nearly Every U.S. Metro Area, New Data Show Opportunity Lags For Kids Of Color

ABNY Panel: The Geography of Jobs
Association for a Better New York

To keep youth out of jail, nonprofit turns to Navy Yard’s workforce veteran
The Brooklyn Eagle
CSW National Benchmarking Survey Informational Webinar
Wednesday, January 15  /  2 - 3 pm  /  Info and RSVP

Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Economic Inequality:  A Policy Series
Thursday, January 30  /  3 - 7 pm  /  Info and RSVP

National Skills Coalition 2020 Skills Summit
February 3 - 5  /  Early Bird Now Available

Professional Development

National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Webinars
Info and Tickets

NYC Solar Schools Education Program - free professional learning for DOE teachers
Info and Registration

Literacy Assistance Center
Workshop Calendar for Fall FY2020

KindWork x BWI: Customer Experience & Support Bootcamp
6-week, F/T, in-person training program for young adults (ages 21-26) seeking an entry point to the tech sector. Students will learn the skills needed to work as a Customer Experience or Customer Support Specialist at a tech-enabled company. Bootcamp graduates will be provided with job placement support and one year of career coaching. Accepting applications for the next cohort beginning on February 18.  More info here.

NMIC and West Side Campaign Against Hunger
18 week free Culinary Pathways Training. Info sessions last week of January, and classes begin February 17. Info here

All of programs help lay the foundation to not just get a job, but build a career: STRIVE Career Path, STRIVE Fatherhood, and STRIVE Focus. See all program info here.

Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) Youth Boot Camp
Next bootcamp: January 27th – February 8th. Requirements include: eligible to work in the US; HS Diploma or GED; interested in hands-on training to join a career path in the construction field. To register, contact Allie at (646)-291-2375 or For general recruitment, join an Information Session by calling (212) 627-6252. More info here.

ICD: Employment and Training for People with Disabilities
(ICD) provides training and job placement services to individuals who may have physical disabilities, mental health or substance use challenges, autism, and learning disabilities to help reach their employment goals. ICD’s vocational training programs include: CISCO IT Academy, Building Repair Technician, Pet Care and Veterinarian Assistant, Child Care, Human Services Assistant, Office Technology and Custodial. Applicants should be registered with ACCES-VR at the time of enrollment. Contact 212-585-6072 or visit the website to learn more.

Year Up 
Year Up's innovation team is testing new programs, including a coaching service to support job search/retention and career success, for young adults (18-26) without 4-year degrees. If you're a young adult or training provider/employer interested in learning more, register here or email

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
Brooklyn Networks is a free data cable training program seeking motivated, reliable individuals who are interested in technology and working with their hands. Graduates are BICSI and OSHA 30 certified, and receive top-quality Job Readiness Training so they can get hired quickly into fulfilling, well-paid careers. Learn more here and apply at an Info Session every Tuesday 10:00am - 1:00pm at 621 Degraw St in Brooklyn. The next training begins in February 2020.

Riverside Language Program - Free Intensive English Classes. 
Next lottery = Wednesday, January 15 for upcoming class (January 27 to March 17). Info here

Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)
The MEOC offers free classes to help individuals learn English, earn their High School Equivalency diploma, prepare for college or improve their professional skills by earning a certification or license in one of our career training programs. We offer convenient classes in the day or evening.  To begin the enrollment process, all prospective students must be prepared to present the MEOC required documents.  For more information about MEOC programs, visit website or email  at

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp: Connecting Youth & Creating Leaders
Info sessions for Programs and Services for ages 8 to 24

BMCC TechWorks: IT Computer Network Training A+/CCNA
Recruiting for Feb 3 - July 31, 2020 & April 13 -  Oct 9, 2020. Info here

Hostos Community College Cisco CCNA
CCNA Security provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices. The program also prepares you to take the Cisco CCNA Security Certification exam. Info and RSVP for Info Session

Families Forward
Families Forward, a workforce development program jointly managed by the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the New York City Human Resource Administration’s Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) is actively recruiting participants who owe child support for its job training programs.  Families Forward is part of a study that includes occupational skills training in several industries: cable installation, construction, cybersecurity, hospitality, IT Support, transportation, and woodworking. Info and apply

Project Renewal’s Culinary Arts Training Program
Offers 6 months of classroom and internship training in the food service industry. Students will get to experience working in a fully functioning kitchen and learn the basic techniques of Culinary Arts from experienced chefs. Students will also be able to obtain their food handlers certificate and work with an employment coordinator until successful job placement. Non-TANF SNAP recipients are strongly encouraged to apply. Info session RSVP

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
Bridge to Craft Careers program w/Green-Wood Cemetery: Spring 2020 Masonry Technician Training. Info and registration here

Bridges from School to Work
Bridges helps 17-24 year-olds with disabilities find competitive, integrated employment in entry-level positions. Info

The Door - Work Readiness Customer Service Program
Paid Customer & Food Service Training, Internship and Job Placement for youth ages 16-24. Info

MMCC - Train & Earn Culinary Program
3-week training course utilizing a state of the art facility leading to New York State Food Handlers Certification. Job placement assistance upon program completion. Advanced training options in healthcare and technology. Orientation Fridays at 10 am. Info

NPower - Tech Fundamentals - next cohort begins January 21
NPower's Tech Fundamentals is a free 23-week workforce development program, which prepares young adults to begin careers in the field of information technology, and includes 16 weeks of in-class instruction and 7 weeks at a full time internship. Students will have the opportunity to earn a industry recognized certification CompTIA A+ and receive professional development training and job-readiness skills. Info

Grace Institute of New York - applications due January 6, 2020
Administrative Professional Program will begin January 21- April 9, 2020; Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm
Patient Service Representative Program will begin January 21- March 12, 2020; Monday- Thursday 9 am - 1 pm

CUNY TechWorks & BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development
Computer Network Support training program: info + registration

Youth Action YouthBuild East Harlem
Youth Action's YouthBuild program is now recruiting its 2020 cohort. 9 month training and education program for young adults between 17-24 years. Training includes HSE instruction, Construction Skills, Building Operators and Food Careers training and related professional certifications. Earn an AmeriCorps Education scholarship become a community leader. Info

LaGuardia Community College: multiple programs
TechHire – Open Code
Adult Basic Skills
Bridge to College & Careers Program

Building Skills NY
Currently recruiting candidates for full-time entry level construction jobs at over 40 construction job sites throughout NYC. Candidates that meet BSNY minimum requirements are invited to complete an application online and attend an upcoming orientation event. Info
Upwardly Global
Upwardly Global supports Immigrant and Refugee New Yorkers with the U.S. professional job search process through a free online Job Search Training Program, customized job coaching, invitations to network and practice interviewing with our employer partners, and more. Info
The Door
Care Navigator and Drop-in Assistant    •    Senior Accountant     •    Job Placement Specialist     •   Job Placement Specialist     •    Accounting Clerk

Eckerd Connects
Licensed Mental Health Professional

Office of ThriveNYC
Program Manager, Workforce Development

Project Renewal
Placement Specialist

The CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies
Workforce Development Research Manager

LaGuardia Community College
Healthcare Training Program Manager       •     Instructional Associate

Director, 9-16 Education Partnerships

Career Pathways Navigator, Workforce for HomeBase

The High Line
Youth Programs Manager

Union Settlement
Director of Workforce Development     •    Workforce Development Associate

Hispanic Federation
Digital Workforce Development Manager

ESOL instructor

Grace Institute
Director of Employment Services

Vice President, Partnerships and Economic Opportunities

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Inc.
Program Director of Internship Placement Services Program

The Door
Residential Program Supervisor   •   Data and Operations Associate   •   Care Navigator and Drop in Assistant

Goddard Riverside
Employment Specialist
NYC Employment & Training Coalition (NYCETC)
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