October 10, 2018

Workforce Weekly

  • 2018 Opportunity Awards Nominations Due Today, October 10
  • CUF Policy Brief Finds Too Few New Yorkers Earning High School Equivalency Diplomas
  • Photos + Resources from NYCETC Conference
  • Congratulations to Members and Partners Recognized as 2018 Nonprofit Power 50
  • UpGlo Op-Ed on Negative Economic Impact of Trump Decision to Cut Refugee Numbers
  • In the News: Stories & Reports for the Workforce Community
  • Job Openings Within Our Community + Programs and Events
Nominate Your Organization, Participants and Partners for 2018 Opportunity Awards
Submissions due today, October 10

To showcase the achievements and missions of our member organizations, NYCETC annually presents Opportunity Awards to leading organizations, employers and individuals within our community that demonstrate innovation and exemplify best practices.

Nominations are due October 10. We encourage all members to nominate deserving recipients in the following categories:

Program Participant Awards
Outstanding Employer Award
Workforce Program Innovation Award
Program Serving Special Populations Award
Bonnie Potter Award for Frontline Staff
Bonnie Potter Award for Supervisory Staff


Sponsorship + Registration Open for Awards Gala
Wednesday, November 14
Join the NYC Employment & Training Coalition, including community leaders, advocates, program participants, family, and friends for a night that celebrates the incredible impact achieved by the workforce field and honors the the significant successes of this year’s award winners. 
NYCETC 2018 Awards Gala
WeWork 500 7th Avenue
6:30 pm
Wednesday, November 14

Visit the NYCETC Awards Gala website to become a sponsor or purchase tickets.

CUF Policy Brief Finds Too Few New Yorkers Earning High School Equivalency Diplomas

Red states are where the annual issuance of new high school equivalency diplomas has fallen by more than 50 percent between 2012 and 2016. Orange depicts drops greater than 20 percent. Yellow states dropped less than 20 percent.
Earning a high school equivalency can open the door to better jobs, skills-building programs, and a postsecondary education for the nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers without a high school diploma. But the number of New Yorkers earning a high school equivalency (HSE) is just half what it was in 2010, and overall trends are cause for concern.

These are the findings of a new policy brief by The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) Out of Reach: Too Few New Yorkers are Earning a High School Equivalency Diploma - in which author Tom Hilliard finds that despite a slow increase in  New Yorkers taking and passing the HSE exam over the past two years, overall trends since 2010 continue to be dire. Nearly 20,000 fewer New Yorkers took the HSE exam in 2017 (28,387) than in 2010 (47,187).

This decline is also taking place nationally. Every state in CUF's analysis has seen significant declines in the number of HSE test-takers and -passers since 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of test-takers dropped by 46 percent nationally, from 557, 394 to 302,096, compared to a 42 percent decline in New York. The number of people who passed their HSE exam and obtained a diploma dropped by 42 percent nationally.

CUF singles out two main forces behind the decrease in HSE attainment: the switch to a new HSE exam that is more difficult than the last and continued decline of adult education funding. The policy brief recommends that Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature increase investments and support for adult students by boost funding for the Employment Preparation Education by 40 percent to keep pace with inflation and double support for the Adult Literacy Education program from just over $7 million annually to roughly $15 million. 
Photos + Resources from NYCETC Conference

Photos and resources are up from the NYCETC 2018 Conference! Tag yourself and your colleagues on our Facebook album, and download resources from the day on our Conference website

Thank you to our photographer Aaron Adler! Check out his work at

Congratulations to Members and Partners Recognized as 2018 Nonprofit Power 50

City and State has released “2018 Nonprofit Power 50,” its annual ranking of notable and influential New Yorkers within the nonprofit sector. NYCETC would like to congratulate the following Coalition members and partners for this recognition, and particularly applaud NYCETC Board Member David Garza of Henry Street Settlement.

Allison Sesso, Executive Director, Human Services Council of New York
Lorie Slutsky, President, New York Community Trust
Jeffrey Schoenfeld, President, UJA Federation of New York
Steve Choi, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
Ana Oliveira, President and CEO, New York Women's Foundation
Jeremy Saunders and Alyssa Aguilera, Co-Executive Directors, VOCAL-NY
George McDonald and Harriet Karr-McDonald, Co-Founders, The Doe Fund
Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Jennifer Jones-Austin, CEO and Executive Director, FPWA
David Jones, President and CEO, Community Service Society
Ronald Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute
JoAnne Page, President and CEO, The Fortune Society
Tony Hannigan, President and CEO, CUCS
Joanne Oplustil, President and CEO, CAMBA
David Garza, Executive Director, Henry Street Settlement
Susan Stamler, Executive Director, United Neighborhood Houses
Wayne Ho, President and CEO, Chinese-American Planning Council
UpGlo Op-Ed on Negative Economic Impact of Trump Decision to Cut Refugee Numbers
The United States will admit a record-low number of just 30,000 refugees for resettlement in the next year, a decision that was made official by the Trump Administration late last week. In response to this, Jina Krause-Vilmar, CEO of NYCETC member Upwardly Global, has penned an op-ed in Morning Consult discussing how this dramatic cut will harm the communities and businesses that depend on the contributions of Upwardly Global program alumni like Zinah, an Iraqi refugee who has rebuilt her career as an HR analyst in the United States. Upwardly Global works to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees, and integrate this population into the professional U.S. workforce. Below is a portion of Krause-Vilmar’s op-ed; you can read the piece in its entirety here.

“We can aim a lot higher than new lows. Refugees build our economy, they don’t harm it.

What is clear is that businesses, large and small, are looking to hire refugees for hard-to-fill positions. Starbucks has committed to hiring 10,000 refugees by 2020, WeWork has committed to hiring 1,500 refugees over the next five years, and other businesses that we partner with, including LinkedIn and Tetra Tech DPK, are actively searching, training and mentoring refugees who support their businesses, lead innovation and strengthen their communities.

Refugees are engines of economic revitalization and harsher policies that diminish their opportunities are what hinders it.”
Programs and Events from Our Community

On October 29, the Aspen Institute's Economic Opportunities Program’s Good Companies/Good Jobs Initiative, in partnership with Working Metrics, will unveil a new tool that assesses businesses’ job quality performance for frontline workers and benchmarks them against others. You can sign up to watch the livestream below.

Report Release: Results from the Human Services Workforce Study
Thursday, October 11 / 8:30 - 10:30 am
More info here.

Grounded Program Design: Taking Social Justice Work from Values to Practice
Friday, October 12  /  9 am - 4 pm
More info here.

Aspen Institute: New Tool to Create Business Incentives by Measuring Good Jobs
Monday, October 29  /  12 - 1:30 pm
More info and registration to livestream  here.

Program Recruitment

LaGuardia Community College: TechHIRE Open Code Web Development program
Info sessions will begin on November 2018 and classes will start on February 2019. Learn more here.

Henry Street Settlement: Intern & Earn Program Internship
Winter Cohort info begins November 26. Learn more here.
Info sessions start October 23. Sign up here.

The Door: Work Readiness Customer Service Program (WRCS)
Next cohort begins November 5. Info sessions taking place October 2, 9, 16 and 23 (every Tuesday).

For more info, read flyer and FAQs, and sign up for info sessions here.

Domestic Workers and the Gig Economy
October 22 and 23  /  5:15 - 8:30 pm
More info here.

Professional Development + Trainings

WPTI: Searching for Success: Dynamic Coaching Strategies that Get Job Seekers Hired
Wednesday, October 10  /  9:30 am - 4:30 pm
More info here.

WPTI: Job Development Essentials: Partnering with Employers to Make the Right Match
Wednesday, October 24  /  9:30 am - 4:30 pm
More info here.

Job Openings from Our Community

The Door

Nurse Practitioner  •  Internship Coordinator – Bronx Youth Center •  Retail Career Advancement Project Coordinator  •  Career Advancement Coach: This Way Ahead Program

Urban Upbound
Job Developer, Jobs-Plus  •   Program Assistant   •  Career Advancement Coach

St. Nicks Alliance
Skills Training Program Manager   •  Train & Earn Job Developer (Young Adults)

Bronx Community College Center for Sustainable Energy
Academic Center Manager

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation
Senior Account Manager

P/T Instructor

Henry Street Settlement
Program Coordinator  • Client Care Coordinator  •  Case Manager/Housing Specialist  •  Weekend Office Assistant   •  Administrative Assistant  •   Program Assistant

Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center
Career Readiness Trainer  •  Employment Specialist

Urban Resource Institute
Director of Training

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
Fundraising and Evaluation Associate

Jericho Project
Manager of Building Operations   •  Career Counselor, RRH

Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
Senior Underwriter   •  Development Associate   •  Community Lending Officer

Center for Employment Opportunities
National Program Associate  •  Customer Service Representative   •  Job Developer  •   Scheduling Specialist   •   Warehouse Training Instructor •   Work Crew Site Supervisor (Full-Time)  •  Payroll Coordinator  •  Quality Assurance Analyst  •  Contract Coordinator (NYC Vocational Team)   •   Career Development Specialist  •  Retention Specialist  

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
Computer Instructor/Case Manager (YAIP)  •  High School Equivalency Instructor   •   Counselor- Young Adult Literacy Program   •  YAIP Counselor   •  Communications and Marketing Manager   •  Mental Health Specialist  •  YAIP Plus Career Readiness Facilitator  •  YAIP Instructor  •  Office Assistant  •  YAIP Bushwick Youth Coordinator  •  College Access Counselor  •  Human Resources Assistant   •  Community Outreach Specialist   •   Job Developer   •  AELP Coney Island HSE Instructor  •  OSY Senior Counselor  •  Child Care Navigator
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