Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, SBS Commissioner Robert Walsh and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Kenneth Adams today hailed Brooklyn as a “college town” in kicking off the first “Brooklyn College to Career Expo,” a unique and comprehensive career fair that brought over 2,000 students from Brooklyn’s 14 colleges and universities together with nearly 100 employers from throughout the City. In addition to featuring one-on-one interviews and tables for students to interact with employers, the Expo also offered seminars in topics such as Effective Networking, Resume Review & Critique, How to Manage Your Money, How to Market Yourself and others catered to specific industries such as healthcare and the financial sector. New York City College of Technology President Dr. Russell Hotzler, Polytechnic University President Jerry Hultin, Medgar Evers College President Dr. Edison Jackson, Kingsborough Community College President Dr. Regina Peruggi and SUNY BEOC Dean Dr. Lois Blades Rosado were also on hand to welcome students and employers to the Expo, which took place at the Marriott New York at the Brooklyn Bridge.
“The brightest minds from Brooklyn’s 14 colleges and universities will have the chance to show top employers at the College to Career Expo the unique abilities and sensibility you can only obtain in Brooklyn,” said Borough President Markowitz. “In addition to getting jobs, I know these talented young men and women will prove that by hiring Brooklyn, you’re hiring the best!”
“This is exactly the type of dynamic partnership the Mayor had in mind when he merged the City’s job development and training programs with SBS in 2003,” said Commissioner Walsh. “Since then, we’ve completely overhauled the way we provide employment services by linking them directly to what businesses need. We’ve made great gains at our Workforce1 Career Centers, which have placed over 15,000 New Yorkers in jobs in the past two years. It makes perfect sense to extend our efforts to a natural source of great talent—Brooklyn’s network of colleges and universities. In working with the Brooklyn Borough President and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, we’ve brought the top students from these institutions together under one roof—which makes this a very attractive recruiting ground for some of the City’s most respected employers.”
“We are pleased that the Department of Small Business Services asked us to coordinate this one-of-a-kind College to Career Expo,” said Kenneth Adams, President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “Simply put, Brooklyn students help make our borough a successful location for employers. These talented and energetic students represent the future of Brooklyn’s economy.”
Participating colleges and universities included ASA Institute, Boricua College, Brooklyn College, Institute of Design & Construction, Kingsborough Community College, Long Island University, Medgar Evers College, New York City College of Technology, Polytechnic University, Pratt Institute, St. Francis College, St. Joseph’s College, SUNY BEOC and Touro College. Employers at the Expo covered a wide spectrum of industries, including finance, insurance and real estate, healthcare, hospitality and tourism, information technology, government/non-profit, business support, retail and utilities.
SBS makes it easier for companies in New York City to form, do business and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, promoting financial and economic opportunity among minority- and women-owned businesses, preparing New Yorkers for jobs and linking employers with a skilled and qualified workforce.
More than 15,000 New Yorkers have been placed in jobs as a result of SBS-led hiring and training programs, which it has overhauled to be more responsive to the needs of businesses, particularly with regard to high-demand occupations. Since 2004, it has opened up Workforce1 Career Centers, operated in coordination with the New York State Department of Labor and the City University of New York, in each of the five boroughs. These centers provide jobseekers with a full array of employment services including job placement, career advisement, job search counseling and skills training. The Centers are co-located with NYC Business Solutions Centers, which provide businesses with access to skilled labor through customized recruitment and training initiatives tailored to a company’s specific needs. More information on these programs is available by calling 311 and asking for NYC Business Solutions or visiting www.nyc.gov/smallbiz.