Medgar Evers College Launches New Workforce Development Initiative Pipeline-To-Technology Training Program

September 12, 2013 | Medgar Evers College

Program Prepares Women and Under-Represented Groups to Enter the Expanding Technology Industry in New York City

Brooklyn, NY – The Medgar Evers College School of Professional and Community Development (SPCD) and the Medgar Evers College School of Business announced the launch of a new Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) funded program called Pipeline to Technology which will be offered through its Adult and Continuing Education Program beginning September 30, 2013.

“As the global landscape evolves, the field of technology is rapidly expanding,” said SPCD Dean Dr. Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant. “Our new Pipeline to Technology program provides an opportunity for women and under-represented groups  to move into new and exciting jobs where they have traditionally been in the minority.

This new “Pipeline to Technology” pilot program is intended to encourage women and under-represented groups in Brooklyn, where the College is located, to join the rapidly-expanding technology market in New York City. With the goal of creating a pipeline through which women and minorities can learn marketable web design and programming skills, earn nationally-recognized certification, and qualify for industry-based internships, Pipeline to Technology will provide hands-on work experience and job referral opportunities within the city’s technology sector. Brooklyn residents are given first preference for the program which is limited to 20 participants; eligibility requirements include a high school diploma or GED equivalent, or those holding an Associate’s degree.

“Programs like Pipeline to Technology expand economic opportunity for women and under-represented groups,” said Interim Provost and Senior Vice President Karrin E. Wilks. “It is one of many among our Adult and Continuing Education program offerings that help students get necessary training needed to advance or move into growing industry sectors.”

Fall 2013 Pipeline to Technology classes will include Internet Technologies and Web Design and a Web Certification seminar; spring 2014 instruction will include Introduction to Programming, Advanced Programming, and a Java Certification seminar. Additional Spring 2014 activities will include industry-based internships that provide opportunities to hone skills learned in the program as well as develop hands-on, resume-building experience and references, as well as career counseling and college advisement for participants.

“The program has tremendous potential to prepare students for the high-tech labor market through intensive training and certification sessions, and addresses in a meaningful way, the critical national need to increase the representation of minorities and females in STEM fields and educate them for an information-based economy,” said School of Business Assistant Professor Kimberlee Moorning who teaches in the Department of Computer Information Systems.

“The hands-on nature of the Pipeline to Technology program will help students firmly grasp the practical aspects of web design and programming,” said Adult and Continuing Education Director Jonathan Bissell. “And the internship and advisement components of the Program will enhance students’ practical experience and provide them with solid career and academic guidance.”

Fall classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning September 30 and run through December 18; spring classes start February 3 and will end  April 30, 2014. Participants who successfully complete all classes within the fall and spring program will received career advisement and also be eligible for internships. Interested participants must attend a mandatory orientation session scheduled for Monday, September 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. RSVPs are required and must be sent by email to ace.info@mec.cuny.edu or made by telephone by calling (718) 804-8850.

About Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College, a senior college within The City University of New York, was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.

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Dawn S. Walker (Communications)   (718) 530-4539

Jonathan Bissell (Program Info)  (718) 804-8850