October 21, 2011 | Borough of Manhattan Community College
BMCC’s Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development—as part of a CUNY consortium of six community colleges and two four-year colleges—just received $2 million to provide workforce training through CUNY’s Career Path program.
This funding—provided through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Labor, and in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education—aims to raise the employability of individuals who have lost their jobs due to business shutdowns or layoffs, especially those whose work histories are within industries hardest hit by competition from foreign trade.
Innovative links between degree and non-degree programs
The grant will support partnerships between community colleges and employers, and the CUNY consortium schools will develop instructional programs reflecting the skill sets and certifications needed to compete for jobs within the expanding employment areas of health care, social assistance, food services, education services, manufacturing and business.
One innovative strategy of the CUNY Career Path program is to strengthen links between college transition programs, occupational training and degree programs.
“For TAA-qualifying students, this translates to much-needed support in passing their CUNY entrance exams, ample career advisement, and the opportunity to gain credits toward an associate degree, while completing industry-recognized certification training in a non-degree program,” said Sunil Gupta, Dean of the Center for Continuing Education at Workforce Development at BMCC.
BMCC offers training in high-employment areas
As part of the CUNY Career Path consortium, BMCC’s Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development will prepare students for certification as Direct Care Counselors (DCCs), caring for developmentally disabled adults or youths in residential or day habilitation centers throughout New York City.
To heighten their employability, DCC students will also study and sit for industry certifications including the Approved Medication Administration Personnel (AMAP), Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP), First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
In addition, they will enter the job market with experience gained through internships at the Block Institute and Puerto Rican Family Institute, and even accrue credits in BMCC’s Human Services degree program.
BMCC will prepare another group of students to sit for the state Emergency Medical Technician, or EMT licensure exam. These individuals will complete rigorous coursework, applying classroom concepts and gaining useful field experience in their clinical rotations at New York Downtown Hospital.
Once having completed the program and earned their certification, they will also earn credits toward the Paramedic degree program at BMCC.
The CUNY consortium as a whole received $20 million in federal funds, a four-year investment which, in combination with President Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act, is designed to provide additional support for hiring and re-employment services.