Schumer and Gillibrand secure $6.7 million in funding for New York’s workforce development and education programs

STATEN ISLAND, NY – On Tuesday, March 15, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that they had secured more than $6.7 million for community development programs. workforce and education aimed at helping New York residents. It is part of the landmark bipartisan omnibus appropriations agreement for fiscal year 2022.

“The pandemic has not only significantly impeded the academic and social development of our New York City students, but has also stunted the growth of many of our residents who are looking to build skills to help them advance in their careers,” said Senator Gillibrand. “The pandemic has hit our low-income and minority families in the most underserved communities especially hard, and these funds are a step in the right direction to meet their needs and help our students and workforce bounce back. after damage caused by COVID-19. .”

“I’m proud to bring these investments to our communities in New York after COVID disrupted classrooms and the workforce across the state,” said Senator Schumer. “I fought for this vital funding in the Omnibus Bill for Workforce Development and Education Focused Projects – college access programs and education services from adults for New York immigrants to skills development for formerly incarcerated students. This federal funding will help communities address the loss of learning, workforce readiness and skills training that New Yorkers have experienced due to the pandemic.

Organizations receiving funds include:

Sunnyside Community Services ($100,000): To receive funding for their College Safety, Learning and Access Program, based at the Woodside Houses Cornerstone Community Center, a social housing-based community center in Woodside, Queens. The program creates a pathway to academic success and self-efficacy that will support 70 students coming out of social isolation and experiencing learning loss caused by COVID-19.

Do the New York Route ($400,000): Help develop and maintain adult education services for New York immigrants. The program will offer English Language Acquisition (ELA) and Citizenship Preparation (Civic Education) courses that will advance students’ career opportunities and connect them to holistic services to meet immediate needs.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Society ($500,000): Receive funds for their technology advancement and mobility initiatives, which advance job training, skills development, technical assistance, professional development and networking, counseling and employer engagement for residents of the downtown Brooklyn. The funding will support their expansion as they work to engage education and employment partners, welcome more residents into their Bridge to Tech programs, and double recruitment into their breakthrough technology fellowship. to 75 participants per year.

York College, CUNY ($527,000): Receive funding to deliver six high-quality course and training offerings aligned with in-demand occupations and career paths in New York City, as identified by leading employers and market data. These offers will equip low- and medium-skilled workers, students and alumni with the skills needed to progress in the labor market.

New York Missionary Society ($1,100,000): Receive funding for its “Level Up” program, which is a vital part of New York City’s efforts to reduce school dropout rates and prepare students for post-secondary education and the job market.

City College of New York, CUNY ($1,500,000): Receive funding for their infrastructure training program that prepares participants for construction and operations jobs in multiple infrastructure sectors – transportation, energy, communications, water and wastewater, food, health in built environments – by emphasizing Emphasis on digital skills for advanced forms of project management, system monitoring control and operations management.

New York University ($300,000): Receive funding for their prison education program, provide formerly incarcerated students with valuable skills in social science research, and reintegrate them into New York while engaging them in knowledge creation to improve research methodologies, engage in fuller range of subjects and develop higher skills. quality data in the social sciences.

Helene Fuld College of Nursing ($1,000,000): Helene Fuld College of Nursing, which is designated as a minority-serving institution and a military-friendly school for the 2021-2022 school year, will receive funds to diversify the registered nurse workforce in the New York area by offering scholarships to nursing students.

Columbia University ($134,000): Columbia University will receive funding for a high school training program for small business accounting.

The HOPE Program (Bronx) ($800,000): The HOPE (Bronx) program will receive funding for a green jobs skills training program to support those impacted by justice.

Sunnyside Community Services ($175,000): To receive funds for its home health aide training program. The funding will enable 300 community members to receive free training courses offered in English and Spanish.

Queen’s Economic Development Corporation ($250,000): Receive funds for their Queens Together project to support local independent restaurants and food businesses through business training, worker training, and technical and marketing skills.

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