OHCD serves as a connector, coordinator, convener, and catalyst among the various City agencies involved in workforce development and adult education programming - such as the City University of New York (CUNY), the Department for the Aging (DFTA), Department of Correction (DOC), NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Human Resources Administration (HRA), the Department of Education (DOE), Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Department of Probation (DOP), Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and the public libraries. The work of OHCD builds upon the successes of the WIB and the former MOAE, and the office will continue leading a number of projects already underway.
Some current OHCD initiatives include:
- Aligning the WIB with the broader OHCD vision and set goals that reflect newly developed strategic priorities;
- Coordinating Citywide priorities about upcoming changes to the General Educational Development (GED) test in 2014;
- Spearheading the “Know Before You Enroll” campaign, which encourages New Yorkers to make informed choices around education and training;
- Supporting implementation and replication of a peer mentoring model for GED students, an effort funded by the Young Men's Initiative and administered by the City University of New York;
- Supporting the “Transitions to Postsecondary and Vocational Education for Formerly Incarcerated Adults” Initiative, including grant administration and involvement in the Reentry Education Network.