The City University of New York
||CUNY's Workforce Development Initiative is designed to maximize the
University's economic impact by preparing workers for employment in the
industries that will drive the local and national economies in the next
century. Activities include research on the creation of new jobs and analysis
of labor market trends. Among the Initiative's recent accomplishments:
- The Small Business Lab at Baruch College has provided formal instruction
and individual consultation to more than 700 New Yorkers. Participants
plan computer stores, community newspapers, catering companies, record
production companies and graphic design studios, among other enterprises.
The Lab also administers popular Small Business Development Centers at
Bronx Community College and in the Harlem-East Harlem Enterprise Zone.
- Kingsborough Community College's Small Business Development Center
helps entrepreneurs in Brooklyn set up new businesses and expand others.
- LaGuardia Community College offers short courses to help small businesses
in Queens prepare a business plan and use new computer software for bookkeeping
and project cost estimating.
- Hunter College's computer-based Geographic Information System, the
most sophisticated on the East Coast, conducts research on how to solve
problems that directly impact the quality of life in the city, including
environmental and waste management, zoning, housing, crime, transportation
planning, and health issues.
- Fifteen CUNY campuses offer career counseling and academic advisement
to paraprofessionals working in the City's schools. The aim is to encourage
these workers to become certified teachers, alleviating a teacher shortage
in the city and providing upward mobility to those dedicated to the school
A study of the job-creation potential of recycling and the manufacturing
of recycled goods found that more than 20,000 new jobs could be added to
the economy if New York City intensified its recycling efforts. The total
payroll of these new jobs would exceed $600 million. Studies were published
on worker dislocation in New York City and on changing patterns of employment
in New York City hospitals.