June 12, 2019

Workforce Weekly

  • Councilmember Mark Treyger & OBT Partnership to Provide Bridge Program in Coney Island Featured on News 12 Brooklyn
  • NYACH Industry Briefs Share Lessons on Home Health Aide, Bilingual Medical Assistant & Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Trainings
  • Save the Date + Opportunities: NYCETC 2019 Conference on Sept 23
  • Upcoming NYCETC Member Roundtables: Summer Schedule
  • Action Alert: #InvestInSkillsNYC Critical Week - Email & Call Your Council Member
  • In the News: Stories & Reports for the Workforce Community
  • Programs and Events from Our Community
  • Job Openings from Our Community
Councilmember Mark Treyger & OBT Partnership to Provide Bridge Program in Coney Island Featured on News 12 Brooklyn

On Wednesday, June 5 Councilmember Mark Treyger toured Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow's bridge program at O'Dwyer Gardens Community Center on Coney Island, which has been providing high school equivalency courses, job readiness, placement and wrap around services to local residents. The program was developed to serve residents 3 years ago after the Councilmember realized that many of his constituents were unable to participate in the job opportunities stemming from the Superstrom Sandy recovery due to their low skills and credentials. 

“We need to invest in bridge programming; we need to invest in building capacity to equip our residents with skills. This is not just a Coney issue, even though Coney has almost a double than average unemployment rate - there are other neighborhoods in NYC that have just as much need, if not greater,” said Councilmember Treyger. “We need to invest resources, and bridge programs are so worth it because we’re investing in people. I am deeply committed to not only expanding this program here in Coney but across the 5 boroughs to connect residents with not just a job but a career that can sustain themselves and their families.” 

The site visit and Councilmember Treyger’s push for more City funding for bridge programs through the Invest In Skills NYC #BridgesToBetterJobs campaign were featured on News 12 Brooklyn.

Liliana Polo-McKenna, CEO of OBT and a NYCETC Board Member, said, “What we’ve learned doing this program as a workforce non-profit is that it takes a community of supporters and a significant amount of resources to look at and provide the academics, workforce development, case management services, food supports, transportation - all of those ingredients are absolutely essential to making a program successful and to be able to support someone to completion.”
NYACH Industry Briefs Share Lessons on Home Health Aide, Bilingual Medical Assistant & Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Trainings

The New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH) published three new industry briefs, which each share valuable learnings and industry intelligence that have been gleaned from their work and benefit the broader healthcare and workforce development fields:
  1. Improving Job Quality for Home Health Aides: Reflections on NYACH’s Quality Home Care Training Initiative shares learnings from NYACH’s Quality Home Care Training Initiative focused on improving job quality for home health aides. The brief provides an overview of the policy landscape and overarching context for the challenges facing the homecare workforce, an overview of the training program, which includes the outcomes of the trainings, and reflections around how to move the workforce further.
  2. Meeting a Demand for Bilingual Medical Assistants: Overview and Lessons on the Training Model reflects on NYACH’s Bilingual Medical Assistant program to glean learnings on effectively providing occupational training in healthcare to English language learners in New York City. This includes best practices for integrating occupational and English as a Second or Other Language training, building bridges to training, and targeting specific New York City populations to meet employer demand and leverage the existing skills of New Yorkers.
  3. The Integration of Certified Recovery Peer Advocates: Lessons from NYACH’s Behavioral Health Conference is a synthesis of the learnings from NYACH’s Behavioral Health Conference on December 10th, 2018 on best practices for the integration of Certified Recovery Peer Advocates into service delivery models. The conference convened key leaders in the peer space to address pressing challenges currently faced by behavioral health providers in effectively incorporating peers into their service delivery models.
Save the Date + Opportunities: NYCETC 2019 Conference on Sept 23
Full details and attendance info to come in the following weeks. 

Interested in becoming an early sponsor?
Interested in volunteering to determine workshops & during the event?

Contact Annie Garneva at or 646-866-7098.
Upcoming NYCETC Member Roundtables: Summer Schedule

NYCETC has several Member Strategy Roundtables coming up:
  • June 20: Serving Clients with Disabilities
  • July 25:  Training for Jobs in Construction
  • August 22: Training for Jobs in Retail
Roundtables are open only to NYCETC members who run programs in the targeted sector, population or model. Members can RSVP by completing this registration form.

Roundtables will bring together Coalition members to share their concerns, needs, and ideas with us and each other, and to develop shared plans around collective advocacy. You can see all member roundtables scheduled for 2019 by visiting the calendar on our website.
Action Alert: #InvestInSkillsNYC Critical Week

We have entered a CRITICAL WEEK for our #BridgesToBetterJobs campaign! 
As the days narrow down to a final budget that we expect to be adopted within the next two weeks, we need to keep the pressure growing on our Council members to make sure the momentum we're building turns into action and millions of dollars in real investments for our communities. 

1. Email and  Call Your Council Member this morning
Action: Email and call your Council Member (find phone number here) to tell them to support $70 million in investments in Bridge Programs in the final adopted budget (esp if they are part of BNT, see list below)

Sample script: 
We at {your organization} know that there are many important issues for the City Council to negotiate with the Mayor in this year’s budget. But we wanted to take the time to ask you to support a $70 investment in Bridge Programs to be included in the final adopted budget. 

We are grateful to you and the Council for helping so many New Yorkers to overcome poverty and secure full-time employment through your partnerships with workforce development programs like ours. If more Bridge Programs were available in our community, they would open up new career pathways for people who are locked out of occupational skills training programs due to their challenges with reading, math or English language. We at {your organization} see clients every day who would benefit from more access to programs like these. 

So when you’re engaging with the Mayor and your Council colleagues over the next two weeks about budget priorities, we urge you to remember that when you fight for full funding of Bridge Programs, you’re fighting for programs like ours and the low-income or low-skill clients we serve in your community. 

Key Council Members to target (these are part of the Budget Negotiations Team):
Margaret Chin, Carlina Rivera, Corey Johnson, Vanessa Gibson, Rafael Salamanca Jr., Francisco Moya, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Jimmy Van Bramer, Daneek Miller, Adrienne Adams, Karen Koslowitz, Stephen Levin, Antonio Reynoso, Laurie A Cumbo, Robert E Cornegy Jr., Carlos Menchacha, Mark Treyger, Chaim Deutsch, and Debi Rose

2. Greet City Council Members at City Hall this Thursday 
Action: Join us on the City Hall steps this Thursday at 12:30 pm to greet Council members as they enter for the final Council Stated Meeting of this year's budget cycle

We'll greet each of the Council Members as they walk into City Hall for this all-Council public meeting, and remind them how important it is to our communities that they push to include new funding for bridge programs in the final Adopted Budget.

Contact: Jesse Laymon ( and Evelyn Ortiz (

3. Social Media

Action: Tweet about the Impact of Lack of Bridge Funds

Sample tweet (download images here or use your own):

Millions of New Yorkers are locked out of job training programs & career opportunities in NYC’s growing economy b/c @NYCMayor has not invested in necessary services to bridge gap between their skills & career goals #InvestInSkillsNYC #BridgesToBetterJobs @NYCSpeakerCoJo

More Resources: 
Programs and Events from Our Community


Aspen Institute Livestream: Quality Jobs for All: What Would It Take?
Thursday, June 13  /  12  - 1:30 pm

Info and RSVP

NYC Workforce Development Board Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, June 25  /  8:30 – 10:30 am
110 William Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10038

Federal Reserve Bank Webinar - Investing in America's Workforce: Investing in Work
Thursday, June 30  /  3 pm
Info and RSVP

Professional Development

WPTI: Getting  the RAP Down: Employment Strategies for Job Seekers with Criminal Histories (free)
Wednesday, June 19 & Thursday, June 20 /  9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Info and RSVP

WPTI: Putting Social Media to Work for You
Wednesday, June 19  /  9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Info and RSVP

WPTI: Job Developers Networking Breakfast
Thursday, June 25  /  8:30 am 
Info and RSVP

Program Recruitment

LaGuardia Community College
9 month Web Development Training (starts Aug 19) - more info here
4 month Network Administrator Training (starts Aug 13) - more info here

NMIC - multiple programs currently recruiting
Intern & Earn - more info here
YouthBuild Business Bootcamp  - more info here
Security Guard Training - more info here
Home Health Aide Training - more info in English and Spanish
Customer and Food Service Training (adults) - more info here
Train & Earn Food Service & Training and Career Counseling - more info here

Grace Institute of New York 
Administrative Professional Program will take place September 9 - December 20, 2019; Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4pm. Patient Service Representative Program will begin September 9-November 14, 2019; Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 1pm. Application deadline for the classes are July 15, 2019. Info and open house registration here. 

NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program

NYCHA offers multiple scholarships to support our residents as they increase their income and assets through higher education. Online application portal now open. Applications are due by June 29 (see here fore details).

Henry Street Settlement
Intern & Earn Summer Cohort begins July 8. More info and RSVP for application session here.

6-week 2019 Summer Programs: High School Equivalency, College Prep, ESOL, Certified Nursing Assistant, Security Officer Training. More info here.

BMCC IT Computer Network Training A+/CCNA
2 cohorts starting in July and 1 in September
Info in flyer and on website.

Hostos Community College
Computer Support Technician Apprenticeship Info Sessions through June. 
Info and RSVP here.
Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Info Sessions through June.
Info and RSVP here.

CUNY TechWorks at Queensborough - Software Development Program
Recruiting for next cohort.
More info here and sign up for an info session here.

NYC College of Technology
30 week Medical Assistant Training for English Language Learners (starts Fall 2019)
More info here.

Roundabout Theatre Company: Theatrical Workforce Development Program
Mandatory info sessions take place April through June. Training begins September 16, 2019. See website for more info and to sign up for an info session.

NYC College of Technology
Free 8-week Healthcare Program for English Language Learners 
See flyer for details

Bronx Community College Medical Laboratory Technician Program
See flyer for more info.

Brooklyn Public Library: Adult Learning & High School Equivalency programs
More info on screening schedule here.

NADAP Comprehensive Employment Services (CES)
3-week job readiness workshops & pipeline to employment for youth/young adult between the ages of 16 and 24 who are TANF eligible.
More info, see the brochure or contact 212-986-1170 or

CPC Education and Career Services Brooklyn Information Session
Every Friday at 10 am
More info here.

Job Openings from Our Community

Accounting Manager

Back On My Feet
Program Director - NYC

Union Settlement
Workforce Development Associate

Urban Upbound
Jobs-Plus Community Engagement Coordinator  •  Jobs-Plus Career Pathways Manager   •   Jobs-Plus Program Director   •  Jobs-Plus Assistant Director

Program Manager (Bridges to Careers)  •  Success Coach (Bridges to Careers)  •  Employer Partnership Coordinator (Bridges to Careers)

The Door 
Career Advancement Coach- Intern and Earn  •   Special Assistant to CEO and COO  •  Medical Assistant  •  Chef Manager  •  Crisis Case Manager - Foster Care  •  Grants Manager  

Bronx Community College
Program Manager – Film Production Training Program

Building Skills NY
Senior Recruiter for Construction Industry

Case Manager Supervisor  •  Director of workforce Development    •  
Career Services Coordinator

Grand Street Settlement
Youth Job Training Manager

Office Messenger/Clerical Assistant  •  Academic and Career Coordinator 

Queens Community House
Director of Youth Employment Services

Phipps Neighborhoods
SYEP Job Developer

The HOPE Program
Retention Associate

Henry Street Settlement
Housing Coordinator •  Volunteer Events Coordinator  •   Child Care Worker  •   Grant Writer   •   Evening Program Coordinator

Day Care Council of NY
Career Ladder Academic Advisor

WES Global Talent Bridge
Policy Strategist

Project Renewal
Vocational Counselor    •   Assistant Director- Next Step ACE   •   Case Manager Jr. 

Green City Force
Developer of Employer Partnerships

Employment Specialist   •  Accountant   •  Grants Accountant 

Prisoner Reentry Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Deputy Director for Finance and Administration 

RiseBoro Community Partnership

Lead Career Counselor, Level Up! Workforce Development

Employment Specialist

Grace Institute
Administrative Professional Instructor  •  Director of Training

St Nicks Alliance
Skills Training Program Manager

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
Program Director- TechSTART   •   Office Assistant  •  Worksite & Intake Associate   •  Intake/Data Entry Associate  •  High School Equivalency Instructor  •  Child Care Navigator  •  Human Resources Assistant

Center for Employment Opportunities
Chief Operating Officer   

Chinese-American Planning Council
Activity Specialist  •  Education and Career Specialist  •  Higher Education Counselor    •   Outreach Specialist

Jericho Project
Career Counselor

LaGuardia Community College
LaGuardia TechHIRE Open Code Outcomes Specialist
NYC Employment & Training Coalition (NYCETC)
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