City Tech is pleased to announce its participation in the ActionNYC Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Education Initiative beginning in the fall, 2016. Through a $100,000 grant provided by the New York City Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) and The City University of New York, eligible individuals will be able to take classes at City Tech to improve their English language skills or to obtain a high school equivalency diploma.
The DACA Education Initiative serves as the educational component to ActionNYC, the City’s community-based program for immigration legal services. In addition to assisting New Yorkers qualify for and obtain DACA status, the initiative will also offer participants opportunities for social and economic mobility through educational programming.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to offer this program to an important population within our City. We hope the flexible schedules that include daytime, evening, and Saturday classes will make it easier for individuals to enroll. Having previously successfully offered classes to DACA students gives us the experience necessary to understand and manage needs and expectations,” says Gil Gerena, City Tech DACA program director.
City Tech’s DACA Education Initiative program will be offered at the Adult Learning Center, Division of Continuing Education, located at 25 Chapel Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Classes will provide a work and career preparation component with the goal of improving economic mobility. Personalized student case management will allow participants to set achievable goals. The case manager will offer support at every step, including assistance in identifying services, completing forms, and in any necessary follow-up.
In 2012, the Obama Administration created the DACA to provide immigration relief to certain young people who came to the U.S. before June 15, 2007 while under age 16, and who meet additional requirements. DACA has made it possible for over 700,000 individuals to obtain work authorization and temporary protection from deportation.
There are more than 20,000 New York City residents who are potentially eligible under the original 2012 DACA program and who would be potentially eligible for expanded DACA under the President’s 2014 executive action on immigration, should it go forward.
The Division of Continuing Education at City Tech offers a wide array of programs. Whether entering the job market for the first time, upgrading skills for advancement at work, or completely changing careers in these difficult times, the Division of Continuing Education offers quality, affordable courses for busy adults.
For more information about the DACA Education Initiative at City Tech, contact Gil Gerena at 718.552.1141.