May 15, 2019

Workforce Weekly

** Special Quarterly Issue **

  • Your Coalition: Advocacy, Media, and Community
  • Action Alert: Advocacy Opportunities & Resources
  • Programs and Events from Our Community
Special Quarterly Issue
In order to keep our community connected and up-to-date, we will be issuing a special quarterly issue of NYC Workforce Weekly that provides you with highlights of our work over the last few months. This issue features successes we have had as a Coalition within our communications, advocacy and community efforts. We are grateful to represent and work with such a diverse community of service providers and partners, and look forward to continuing to raise our collective voice for a stronger workforce system in NYC. 

Interested in getting more involved?
Amazon HQ2: Our Role & Advocacy Impact
In December, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the formation of a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to share information and solicit ongoing community input about Amazon's planned headquarters project in Long Island City, Queens. The CAC was comprised of community and citywide stakeholders, including NYCETC Executive Director Joey Ortiz and individuals representing Coalition members LaGuardia Community College, Urban Upbound, Per Scholas, The City University of New York, 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, The Fortune Society and Sunnyside Community Services.

Our participation and advocacy centered on the need for all major economic development projects, to include substantial workforce training investments to create equitable talent pipelines and job opportunities for all New Yorkers. This advocacy led to an increased interest from the City in strengthening our human capital development systems - best exemplified by the mayor’s release of a Request for Expressions of Interest for organizations to “support research and planning into innovative approaches the city could take to promote training and hiring of underrepresented New Yorkers in tech and other in-demand sectors.” 
Letters to Mayor from NYC Council & Business Leaders
In January, NYCETC sent two letters to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration from 26 leaders and 2 caucuses (BLA and Progressive) within the NYC Council and 40 leaders throughout NYC's business community requesting that the Mayor's Career Pathways blueprint to assist New Yorkers in need of developing career skills and job opportunities be fully funded in the FY2020 Preliminary Budget proposal, including $60 million for bridge programs. The letters emphasized the outsize need for skills training programs in order to create access to the city's growing economy for all New Yorkers and meet businesses' growing challenges of talent acquisition and retention. 
NYCETC & Members Meet with City Leaders to Discuss Bridge Program Models & Expanded Workforce Services

NYCETC works to create opportunities for our members with City leaders in settings where real, tangible details of program design and populations served can be communicated to the people who are making decisions about the future of public workforce services in New York. In January and February we brought together two such meetings between the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development (led by Amy Peterson, Director of WkDev) and Coalition members who offer bridge programs for clients in need of basic skills development and wraparound services to draw attention to the quality and high return on investment that existing bridge programs provide, and highlight the need for expansion of the bridge model to serve more New Yorkers. The members represented were CAMBA, Center for Urban Future, Chinese-American Planning Council, Green City Force, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, Per Scholas, Queens Community House, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, The Door, The Fortune Society and Upwardly Global.
Invest In Skills NYC Partnership & #BridgesToBetterJobs Campaign Launch

Last Monday, May 6 the Invest In Skills NYC coalition held a rally and press conference at City Hall with NYC Council Members Antonio Reynoso, Carlina Rivera, Ritchie Torres, Mark Treyger and Helen Rosenthal, who called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to invest $70 million in workforce development programming that bridges New Yorkers into better jobs in the New York City Budget for 2020. We were joined by 100+ program participants, workforce development professionals, and advocates who that came together to speak to the colossal need for bridge program funding in order to create long term changes for the most vulnerable populations within NYC. 

Special thank you to Monday's incredible speakers who emphasized the challenges faced by service providers -- Liliana Polo-McKenna, Chief Executive Officer, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow; and Jessica Centeno, Deputy Executive Director, Center for Employment Opportunities -- and participant speakers who shared why bridge programs have been critical to their success -- Sam Lemfadli, graduate of Per Scholas NY and General Assembly, and co-founder of The Urban Wild; and Stephanie Tossas, graduate of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow. For details and quotes from the day, read the press release, and follow and engage on social media via #BridgesToBetterJobs and #InvestInSkillsNYC.

Join the ISNYC Twitter Rally: Every Wednesday at Noon!
Join us in a Twitter and Instagram rally every Wednesday at noon starting today, asking Mayor and your Council member to support (see Social Media Toolkit). Here are easy ways to participate:
"New York Works, But for Whom?" Council Hearing: Coalition Members Push for Mayor's Jobs Plan to Prioritize Training

Councilmember Ritchie Torres and his staff listen to NYCETC members Justin Collins (Workforce Hub at WPTI), Andre Ward (The Fortune Society) and Caroline Iosso  (Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow) discuss the need for more investments in job training in order to create access to job created by the New York Works plan for the communities they serve. 
On April 10, NYCETC and 7 members testified before a joint hearing held by NYC Council Oversight and Economic Development Committees examining the status of Mayor de Blasio's 2017 New York Works plan to create 100,000 good-paying jobs over ten years. The administration was represented by James Patchett, President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and Jackie Mallon, Commissioner of NYC Small Business Services

NYCETC's testimony urged the Council to make several recommendations for the City, led by the Mayor’s Office, to ensure that all agencies find investments and successfully develop a local and diverse talent pipeline for the jobs outlined in the New York Works report and future jobs plans.
DYCD Updates Procurement and Implementation Timeline for New Advance & Earn Program
At the end of April, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) updated its procurement and implementation timeline for its new Advance & Earn program in response to advocacy from a wide coalition of organizations representing service providers - the Human Services Council, NYCETC, the Workforce Field Building Hub, the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals, JobFirstNYC and United Neighborhood Houses. The RFP was released on May 1, with responses due eight weeks later on June 26. Contracts are anticipated to start November 1 to allow for start-up, with direct services starting February 1, 2020. In order to ensure a continuation of services, DYCD is working to extend contracts for Intern & Earn and the Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) for one additional cohort of each program.

Read January 29 op-ed in City Limits by our Executive Director Joey Ortiz examining the Mayor's failure to develop policies that will bring marginalized New Yorkers out of poverty and provide access to training and career opportunities in a growing economy. 

Watch NY1's Inside City Hall with Errol Louis on February 13 and February 14 where NYCETC's Joey Ortiz discussed the Community Advisory Council developed to help guide the Amazon HQ2 plan and the need for economic and workforce development to be more closely aligned in the wake of Amazon's cancellation. 

Read February 14 Wall Street Journal article on Amazon's cancelled HQ2 plans, which features quotes our Executive Director Joey Ortiz.

February 14 The Nation article on the lessons learned from the Amazon development deal, which included a shout out to NYCETC's work and policy priorities.

Read March 19 New York Times article highlighting the Mayor's 2017 New York Works plan and its disconnection from workforce development, asking what the City is doing to ensure that job creation is targeted toward unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers. 

Watch May 6 NY1's Inside City Hall with Errol Louis, where Mayor de Blasio discusses investments in bridge programs and our press conference, saying, "I think it's a great idea, I'm just trying to be clear on the fact that we have not been making a lot of new investments at this point in general."
21 New Members in 2019

New Individual Members in 2019: Ben Jurney, Sid Ross and Leslie Solomon (Skilled Trades Training). Learn about all of our members and the benefits of membership.
Member Strategy Roundtables

This year, we launched our Member Strategy Roundtables, which  bring together Coalition members to share their concerns, needs, and ideas with us and each other, and to develop shared plans around collective advocacy and partnerships with businesses. So far we have had seven roundtables focusing on programs for these sectors/communities: culinary, healthcare, re-entry services, bridge programs, youth, tech, and green building/retrofitting. You can see all member roundtables scheduled for 2019 by visiting the calendar on our website.
NYCETC and the Workforce Field Building Hub Host Roundtable Discussions on Workforce Landscape 

In late January the Workforce Field Building Hub at WPTI and NYCETC co-hosted two roundtable discussions with 17 stakeholders from the community to map New York City's workforce development landscape, and examine information gaps in the workforce field and strategies for gathering data to improve the overall system. Topics discussed included how better basic data collection would support the development of a more cohesive NYC workforce development system; successful data collection initiatives and their impact on program efficacy; and the growing role of partnerships within the field.
NYCETC Board of Directors: New Co-Chairs, Executive Committee Members, and 5 New Board Members
This year saw several Board members elevated to new roles, as well as many new faces join the Board. Julie Shapiro, Executive Director at The Door and Kelly Richardson, Managing Director of Newark and New York at Per Scholas were elected Co-Chairs in January, succeeding Philip Weinberg, CEO and President of STRIVE.

In February, David Garza, CEO and President of Henry Street Settlement and Aaron Shiffman, Executive Director of Brooklyn Workforce Innovations were appointed to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Additionally, NYCETC welcomed five new Board Members: Katie Beck Sutler, Vice President of Workforce Development, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation; Francesca Fiore, Associate Dean of Workforce Development & Business Services, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY); Tom Ogletree, Senior Director of Social Impact and External Affairs, General Assembly; Diallo Shabazz, Chief Administrator, DC37 Education Fund; and Christopher Watler, New York State Executive Director, Center for Employment Opportunities.
Action Alert:
Advocacy Opportunities & Resources
Join the ISNYC Twitter Rally: Every Wednesday at Noon!
Join us in a Twitter and Instagram rally every Wednesday at noon starting today, asking Mayor and your Council member to support (see Social Media Toolkit). Here are easy ways to participate:

NYC Council FY 2020 Executive Budget Hearings 
We and the ISNYC team are asking partners to attend key upcoming NYC Council Committee hearings to show support and  draw attention to the issue. If you are interested, contact: Jesse Laymon (

You can find the
full schedule of hearings here. This round of hearings does not allow for public testimony, except for the final hearing on May 23.

Thursday, May 16
10 – 11 am: Youth and Community Development Youth Services 

Thursday, May 23
11 – 11 am: Finance
11 – 11:30 am: Comptroller
11:30 am – 12 pm: Independent Budget Office
12 – 2 pm: Office of Management & Budget
2 pm: Public
Programs and Events from Our Community

​NYC Regional Economic Development Council meeting
Tuesday, May 21  /  10:15 - 11:30 am
Among the items on the agenda will be a presentation on REDC Round 9, Governor Cuomo’s $175 million Workforce Development Initiative, and the State’s priority agenda of identifying childcare needs and developing potential solutions. RSVP here.

WES Global Webinar: Tapping Global Talent: Career Pathways for Internationally Trained Engineers in the U.S.
Thursday, May 23  /  2 - 3 pm
More info and RSVP here.

Resume Workshop for Internships at Local Arts Organizations
Saturday, June 1  /  10 am - 1 pm
Producing Partners: Hudson Guild, Fulton Houses Tenants Association, the High Line, and Pier55. More info and RSVP here.


WPTI: Foster Care Roundtable Series 2019 - Session 4 (Transportation, Warehouse and Carpentry)
Thursday, May 16  /  8:30 am - 5 pm
More info here and RSVP here.

WPTI: Facilitation Essentials
Wednesday, June 5  /  9:30 am - 4:30 pm
More info and RSVP here.

Program Recruitment

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.

Hostos Community College
Computer Support Technician Apprenticeship Info Session on Saturday, April 27. Info and RSVP 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.

Grace Institute of New York
8-week Patient Service Representative Program
Applications due May 15 for cohort beginning June 10. More info and open house registration here.

LaGuardia Community College
3-month Network Support Specialist Training
More info and application here

6-Week Certified Phlebotomy Technician Training
4-Day Security Officer Training Class
More info here

St. Nicks Alliance
8-week Bilingual Financial Services Training starts May 6
More info here

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.

Home Health Aide Training
Classes begin May 13. Visit website for info and registration.

Retraining Program For Immigrant Engineers @ Camba & The Cooper Union
Registration now open for spring semester 2019. For more info, see this flyer and register here.

CUNY Adult Learner Hub
See flyer for details.

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

LaGuardia Community College Spring Training Opportunities
TechHire - OpenCode Network Administration (Spring 2019) - info here

Woodlawn & The Door Preservation Training Program
More info and RSVP for info sessions in brochure and website

NMIC - multiple programs currently recruiting
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

StreetWise Partners Mentorship Program
13 week mentorship program that assist participants who are un/underemployed gain the tools, skills, network and resources needed to obtain and maintain employment. Sign up for an info session 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.

LaGuardia Community College: CUNY Fatherhood Academy
Currently recruiting for the 16 week HSE prep program, which prepares fathers for the TASC exam and provides a range of academic and personal supports including tutoring, individualized counseling, financial literacy workshops and parenting workshops. Application deadline is May 31 for summer cohort. Learn more here.
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