December 9, 2020                                                                                                  Read past issues here
  • Watch, Tweet + Testify: Today's NYC Council Hearing on Workforce Development and
    Combating Unemployment
  • NYC Inclusive Growth Initiative: Application Deadline Extended to December 16
  • NYCETC Applications for Board of Directors Due December 16
  • Funding Opportunity: Elevate Initiative
  • Mayor Launces Pandemic Response Institute as Part of COVID Recovery
  • New HSC Guide: Contracting for Human Services Providers During COVID-19
  • Sign On Letter: Bronx Digital Equity
  • Professional Development Opportunity: Free Foundations of Adult Education Certificate Program
  • News and Events
  • Program Recruitment
  • Job Opportunities
Watch, Tweet + Testify: Today's NYC Council Hearing on Workforce Development and Combating Unemployment

This morning at 10 am the Committees on Economic Development and Small Businesses are holding an Oversight Hearing on Workforce Development and Combating Unemployment where the Department of Small Business Services, Economic Development Corporation, and Mayor's Office of Workforce Development will discuss workforce development programming in the midst of the pandemic and recession. NYCETC and 16 members and partners will be testifying at this hearing on the critical role of workforce development programs and organizations in the COVID  economy and recovery.

How to participate: You can watch the hearing live here; send your perspective via Twitter to Council Committee chairs Paul Vallone (@PaulVallone) and Mark Gjonaj (@MarkGjonajNY) and NYCETC (@NYCETC_org) using #RecoveryForAllNYC; and submit written testimony about your programs and clients by Saturday, December 12 at 10 am (see NYCETC talking points here). 
NYC Inclusive Growth Initiative: Application Deadline Extended to December 16

We have extended the deadline to apply for the NYC Inclusive Growth Initiative Steering Committee to Wednesday, December 16. 

The NYC Inclusive Growth Initiative - a partnership between NYCETC, ANHD and RPA - is seeking applications for its 15-person steering committee, which will develop a community-centric agenda for inclusive economic growth across New York City that adds good jobs, retains and expands affordable housing, and drives the economy forward while reducing structural inequities and increasing access to opportunity. Applications are due December 11.

Support with Recruitment Outreach to Your Network: We ask for your support in spreading the word to your community and network about the NYCIGI application and broader initiative. We are looking to recruit a highly diverse set of individuals from many sectors and communities across the city, and aim for this steering committee to be fully representative of the diversity of New York City in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, immigration history and status, disability, income status, thought and issue area expertise. Spread the word to your networks using sample email and social media outreach language and images here.

This agenda will proactively connect critical issue areas that are often disregarded in economic development decisions such as racial and social justice, climate and sustainability, transportation, poverty, gender and sexuality, immigration, and disabilities and accessibilities. Reach out to Annie Garneva with any questions at
NYCETC Applications for Board of Directors Due December 16
The NYCETC Board of Directors is seeking interested individuals for a number of open Board of Directors seats to commence a two year term beginning with the first meeting in February 2021. Nominations will be accepted until December 16, 2020 at 5 pm. Nominations are encouraged; however, self-nominations are welcome and accepted. To submit a nomination and/or application, interested individuals should complete the 2021 NYCETC Board of Directors Application.

The Board of Directors is comprised of up to 30 individuals, each meeting the following criteria set out in the NYCETC by-laws:
  • Each Director must be at least 18 years old and must occupy “a senior policy-making position with the General Member organization of which such Director is representative."
  • Prospective Board members must be able to serve at least one two-year term and help NYCETC raise revenue via annual individual contributions and sponsorship of major events.
  • Board members are expected to attend 4-5 Board meetings on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and serve on one or more committees. Current committees are Fundraising, Innovation, Policy and Advocacy, and Programs and Events.
The process for 2021 is as follows:
  • Applications will be accepted until December 16, 2020 at 5 pm by completing the 2021 NYCETC Board of Directors Application
  • Interviews will be conducted during the week of January 4, 2021
  • The Board will vote on new Board members in late January 2021
  • The first Board meeting will be held in February 2021
Please contact Annie Garneva with questions at
Funding Opportunity: Elevate Initiative

Frontline Solutions, on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is requesting proposals for the Elevate Initiative from organizations engaged in addressing disparities within the American workforce. This process reflects a desire on the part of the foundation to expand relationships with organizations and communities.

Up to 10 grants of between $100,000 and $300,000 will be awarded to organizations nationwide. Organizations should demonstrate a strong commitment to intersectional racial justice, and an ability to address economic disparities that affect Black and Brown workers as the result of structural racism. Applications are due January 11.
Mayor Launces Pandemic Response Institute as Part of COVID Recovery
Last week, Mayor de Blasio announced the creation of the Pandemic Response Institute (PRI), a facility dedicated to preparing New York City and other jurisdictions for future health emergencies and epidemics. PRI will strengthen New York City’s health infrastructure , build on the success of the Pandemic Response Lab and recent experiences in epidemic response, and position the City as a global leader in research, innovation, and pandemic response. PRI will advance research, training, and innovation on outbreak detection, investigation, and management.
This effort is part of the Administration’s long-term recovery agenda, which seeks to accelerate the City’s economic recovery by building on the network of premier hospital systems, world leading medical universities, and growing life sciences and tech sectors to make New York City the public health capital of the world.

“Over the last 10 months, we have seen COVID-19’s impact on New York, disproportionately affecting low-income communities and communities of color,” said Jose Ortiz, Jr, CEO of the NYC Employment and Training Coalition. “Our most vulnerable neighbors to the virus were also the ones in danger of losing their jobs and livelihoods. It is critical that recovery efforts tie in public health with economic relief. The Pandemic Response Institute will establish a leading institution to increase preparedness to public health emergencies with a focus on health equity. We need to consider the social determinants that put our communities at risk to protect their health, their jobs, and the ability to support their families.”
New HSC Guide: Contracting for Human Services Providers During COVID-19
Our partners at HSC, with support from the Fund for Public Health in New York City and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, have put together a new guidance document for organizations to use as you continue to navigate the complicated contracting process during COVID-19. The guide – titled New York Contracting for Human Services Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic – outlines tips and advice for working with contract managers, approaching the FEMA Public Assistance Program, gives tips for accessing and tracking contracts, more.
Sign On Letter: Bronx Digital Equity
Bronx Impact, South Bronx Rising Together, Dream Yard, The Bronx Community Foundation, and the Bronx Borough President’s Office have developed a slate of policy demands around digital equity in the Bronx and are asking organizations and elected officials for support via this sign on letter. Policy recommendations include: 
  • Provide appropriate digital devices to all students immediately 
  • Hold internet service providers accountable 
  • Improve communication to families around distribution of devices and other technology support
  • Increase resources for technology assistance for students and families
  • Establish digital security and privacy
  • Address educational neglect cases involving technology issues
  • Ensure quality of remote learning
Professional Development Opportunity: Free Foundations of Adult Education Certificate Program
With the support of the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Council, and the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Literacy Assistance Center is offering the Foundations of Adult Education Certificate Program at no cost to all participants who are selected for 2021. Deadline to apply is January 4; early applications are encouraged due to high volume of interest.

This multi-session certificate course is appropriate for all ESOL, ABE, and HSE instructors who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills as adult education practitioners. Participants will attend 30 hours of online synchronous classes in addition to 80 hours of study and reflection online as part of a professional community of practice.  An info session will be held on Wednesday, December 16 from 3 to 4 pm.

COVID-19 Sheds New Light on Innovations Long Championed by People with Disabilities
Susan Scheer (ICD) via Gotham Gazette 

New York City’s Gig Driver Pay Standard: Effects on Drivers, Passengers, and the Companies
The New School Center for New York City Affairs

A Sneak Peek at Communicating with Machines
Public Works Partners & The HOPE Program

More economic relief and stimulus: Why and how
Brookings Institution

The Role of Immigrant Health-Care Professionals in the United States during the Pandemic

(Virtual) Events

Young Invincibles' State of Young New York
December 8-  10   /   Info & RSVP

Create Powerful Local and State Advocacy Campaigns Using PIAAC Data and ProLiteracy’s New Advocacy Toolkit for Adult Education and Literacy
Wednesday, December 9  /  1  - 2 pm  /   Info & RSVP

Reimagining Workplace Protections: A Policy Agenda to Meet the Needs of Independent and Temporary Workers
Wednesday, December 9  /  2 - 3 pm  /
 Info & RSVP

Leveraging Data for Equity in a COVID-19 Economy: Next-Generation Labor Market Information
Wednesday, December 9  / 3 - 4 pm /
 Info & RSVP

Remaking the Economy: COVID 19, Recovery, and the Black Community
Thursday, December 10  /  2 pm  /   Info & RSVP

LinkedIn Trainings for NYCETC Members and Partners: LinkedIn Mythbusters 
Thursday, December 10  /  12 pm   /   Info & RSVP

NYC Workforce Development Board Quarterly Meeting 
Thursday, December 10  /  8:30 - 10:30 am  /  Link to Attend
The agenda will include an update on the Board’s strategies for championing “high road” employer practices and for advancing racial equity among NYC businesses. 

Kasirer Reimagining New York City webinar series: Queens Borough President-elect Donovan Richards Jr.
Thursday, December 10  /  11 am - 12 pm
 RSVP and send your questions for the Queens BP-elect to Mike Braun at 

Supporting NYC's Immigrant Arts Ecosystem in a Time of Crisis
Friday, December 11  /  10am - 12 pm  
 /   Info & RSVP

2020 Immigrant Economic Integration Virtual Summit
December 14 - 17  /  Info & RSVP

Implementing Priority of Service Provisions for Most in Need Individuals in the WIOA Adult Program

Monday, December 14  /  1 - 2 pm   /   Info & RSVP

Pandemic Planning Toolkit Training for Human Services Providers
Tuesday, December 15  /  8:30 - 10 am   /   Info & RSVP

Moving Beyond Gratitude: Opportunities to Improve Essential Work
Tuesday, December 15  /  2 - 3:15 pm   /   Info & RSVP

Best Practices for Diversifying Talent in Tech within the COVID Context
Tuesday, December 15  /  6 - 7 pm   /   Info & RSVP

Preparation Meets Opportunity - Helping 16 to 24 year-olds navigate a post-COVID economy: Promising practices from a CBO-Community College workforce partnership
Wednesday, December 16  /  12:30 am   /   Info & RSVP

New NYS Tax Filing Requirements for Nonprofits
Wednesday, December 16  /  1 - 2:30 pm   /   Info & RSVP

Women Run Businesses Using Tech to Create Stronger NYC
Tuesday, January 12  /  6 - 7 pm   /   Info & RSVP

Please send updated program schedule and communications for employment and training programs to

NMIC, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)

Intro to Hospitality Training Program:  virtual hospitality training program exclusively for residents of upper Manhattan. The first cohort starts in mid-January. Daytime and evening sessions available. The deadline to apply is 12 pm on Friday, 12/11.


Security Guard Training: This is a six-week course, with four weeks of virtual training and two weeks of job placement assistance. Successful candidates will earn their 8-hour and 16-hour security certificates as well as fireguard training and the NYS security license. In addition, candidates will receive training in working with diverse populations, customer service and employment readiness training. Apply here.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Grow with Google y Restoration se asocian juntos para presentar cursos que le ayudarán a prepararse para el empleo sobre:

The High Line
Currently recruiting for its 2021 High Line Teen Staff cohort for high school students ages 15 - 19. Part time position paid $15 per hour. Learn more here and apply by December 18.

The City College of New York
Online/Hybrid Certified Billing & Coding Specialist: CCNY CPS is offering our Online Medical Billing & Coding course beginning tomorrow! Late registration is available for this class. If you need more time to register, email us to request a deadline extension. Info and registration

The SUNY Queens EOC remains fully operational and continues to provide tuition-free academic preparation online (remote) classes and career training. The Queens EOC is currently accepting applications for its Spring 2021 semester at  Seats are limited. 

KindWork x BWI: Customer Experience Fellowship
6-week, full-time, remote training program for young adults (ages 20-26) 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. This is a great entry-level role with lots of growth potential. Graduates will be provided with job placement support and one year of career coaching. Recent program graduates are thriving in full-time CX roles at companies like Google, Capsule, Revel, Great Jones, and Justworks. Now accepting applications for the next cohort beginning in January 2021. More info here.

Grace Institute
The Grace Institute’s employer-driven workforce virtual training programs help women develop the professional skills employers have identified as being needed by today’s administrative and customer service professionals. Grace offers two programs starting on February 1st, 2021: 10-week Virtual Administrative Professional Program and 8-week Virtual Patient Service Representative Program. Learn more and apply here.

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
Recruiting young adults between the ages of 18-24 for its Careers That Care health sector training programs. In addition to the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program provided through CUNY Kingsborough, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation has also partnered with Royal Learning Institute to provide additional trainings for high demand health/medical sector careers including: EKG Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician. Candidates must have a high school diploma or an HSE. See flyer for information and complete this interest form.

Project Renewal
Project Renewal is hosting info sessions from November 30 to December 4 for its next cohort for its Next Step Internship Program. This 8-week training program gives participants a combination of classroom and paid on-the-job training in a New York City Homeless shelter or Supportive Housing facility.
As part of the program, trainees will gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as frontline essential workers in homeless shelters.  The training is a combination of virtual instructor-led training and paid internships in homeless shelters.  Trainees will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials and will receive job placement services upon graduation.  Trainees must have a High School Diploma or Equivalency.  Also must be available to work flexible hours. RSVP for Info Sessions

StreetWise Partners  
Currently recruiting for the 13 week virtual mentorship program that assists participants who are un/underemployed gain the tools, skills and resources needed to obtain and maintain employment. Participants receive individualized support from 1 or 2 mentors while learning about career planning, resume writing, interview techniques, networking, LinkedIn, and workplace culture. Participants gain access to a network of thousands of volunteer professionals, mentees, and alumni graduates; as well as, ongoing professional development opportunities and job updates. Program starts on January 5th. To sign up for an info session click here.

Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)
MEOC is offering FREE Career Training programs, including EKG, OSHA 30 Hr. for Construction and Security Officer Training. NYS residents who are 18 or older and who possess a HS Diploma (or its equivalent) can reserve a seat for one of our Virtual Admissions Sessions or apply online directly from either a laptop, tablet or mobile device. Upon completion of programs, students will receive industry certifications that can improve chances of gaining employment.  The MEOC is working remotely at this time.  Additional updates and information for potential applicants can be found here.

YouthBuild is a 5-month long high school equivalency and vocational training program for NYC young adults between the ages of 17 and 24. YouthBuild will be offered virtually this year. Participants will receive high school equivalency instruction, business skills and entrepreneurship training, employment readiness and life skills classes, and a stiped. Apply here.

General Assembly
Applications for 2021 Adobe Digital Academy are now open, and include scholarships for General Assembly's Software Engineering (SEI), User Experience Design (UXDI), and Data Science Immersive (DSI) courses. Interested applicants should begin their application process by November 6, with applications due on November 13. More details on the application process and flow can be found below.

CUNY School of Professional Studies
Families Forward, a time-limited Office of Child Support Services' (OCSS) workforce development program, is actively recruiting participants who owe child support for its free job training programs.  Families Forward is part of a study that includes occupational skills training in several industries: cable installation, construction, cybersecurity, IT Support, transportation, and woodworking. Job placement and advancement, financial counseling, and child support navigation services are available to participants.  All training programs are full-time and meet Monday through Friday. Visit for additional information, or contact at or 929-221-5015.

St. Nicks Alliance - Financial Service Training
Requirements include:  At least 6 months customer service experience, cash handling experience is a plus, and an HSE is required.  Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus. See flyer for info.

Commonpoint Queens
- Pre-HSE classes: Mon-Thurs remote daytime schedule (synchronous and asynchronous); $150 weekly stipend for 20 weeks
- HSE classes: Mon-Thurs remote daytime schedule (synchronous and asynchronous); $15/hour paid internships for up to 250 hours
- Advanced Training classes: Mon-Fri hybrid daytime schedule (synchronous); $15/hour paid internships for up to 250 hours
See flyer for information: English and Spanish.

The HOPE Program
Currently offering two remote career training programs that provide job placements in various different industries such as construction, maintenance, food service, clerical work, customer service, retail, and many other industries. HOPE is also offering industry certifications such as OSHA-10, OSHA-30, flagger, scaffolding, drug and alcohol awareness, fall prevention, and more. Interested candidates can attend a virtual information session via Zoom that HOPE holds every Tuesday and Thursday at 1PM to learn more about the program and apply.

Building Skills NY
BSNY is currently virtually recruiting candidates for full-time entry level construction jobs throughout NYC. Candidates that meet BSNY minimum requirements are invited to complete an application online to begin the process and receive an invitation to an upcoming virtual recruitment event. BSNY holds virtual events on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30AM via Zoom. More info here and upcoming events here.

CUNY School of Professional Studies
The Career Development Center at the Early Childhood Institute is committed to facilitating the connection between early childhood educators and programs serving young children and their families, especially during this time of uncertainty. Early childhood programs in need of teachers and support staff can learn more here, and early childhood educators or a recent graduates looking for work can learn more here

NYC Adult Literacy Programs Accepting New Students
See full list here. Request to be added by completing this form.

The Actors Fund
The Career Center offers a comprehensive suite of online programs and services that help entertainment industry and performing arts professionals identify and find sideline work and discover new careers outside the industry. See workshop calendar.

Nontraditional Employment for Women
Nontraditional Employment for Women is now conducting information sessions on-line! Every Monday at 6pm and Tuesday at 10am. Register for an info session. Requirements include: eligible to work in the US; HS Diploma or HSE; interested in hands-on training to join a career path in the construction field.

Upwardly Global - Immigrant Professionals Employment Program
Upwardly Global supports Immigrant and Refugee New Yorkers to navigate 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, access to reskilling and training opportunities, and more. Currently all services are provided virtually. More Info

New York City College of Technology
HSE Instructor

Public Works Partners
Senior Manager/Manager, Emergency Management    •   Manager, Consulting    •    Marketing Project Coordinator

MTA NYC Transit
Vice President, Paratransit Services

Manager, Partnerships and Economic Opportunities

Upwardly Global
Regional Program Director

The Hispanic Federation
Economic Empowerment Program Coordinator

The HOPE Program & Sustainable South Bronx
Digital Literacy Instructor    •    Chief Program Officer    •     YouthBuild - HOPE Program Coordinator

Manager, External Affairs

Project Director, Policy and Impact

Mosholu Montefiore Community Center
Coordinator for Academics


Manager of Workforce Development

The Door
On Call Overnight Assistant   •   Health Center Coordinator  •    Supervisor of Data, Reporting, and Evaluation  •   Part Time Tutor  •    Receptionist

LaGuardia Community College
Vice President of Adult and Continuing Education
NYC Employment & Training Coalition (NYCETC)
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