Over the last three years, the Queens Workforce1 Career
Center has placed 10,000 New Yorkers in jobs. To celebrate this milestone, the
Center will present awards to its business and community partners on Wednesday,
Nov. 19, at 8:30 am in the Queens Workforce1 Career Center, 168-25 Jamaica
"What our Queens Workforce1 Career Center has
accomplished in just three years is truly outstanding. The Center has served a
remarkable number of people and forged many strong relationships with businesses
that are important to the economic growth of New York City," said Rob Walsh,
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services
SBS has eight Workforce1 Career Centers throughout the
city. SBS contracted D.B. Grant Associates to operate the Queens Center three
years ago in November 2005, and the number of Queens jobseekers placed in work
has increased every year since then. The Center placed 3,141 people in jobs in
2006 and 3,620 in 2007. So far in 2008, the Queens Workforce1 Career Center has
helped 3,215 people find jobs, and more than 22,000 New Yorkers have enrolled
for services there.
A core reason for the Queens Center's success is its
partnerships with employers and its attention to the workforce needs of
businesses, said Dale Grant, president of D.B. Grant Associates.
"In order to accomplish workforce goals, it takes
business, workers, and government collaborating to make the system work. We have
all three represented," Ms. Grant said. "We need to support businesses so they
can thrive in this challenging environment. Through feedback from businesses, we
know how to prepare people for careers."
The November 19 event will award partners in business
and the community who helped the Center place 10,000 people in jobs over the
three years. Award recipients include employers Banana Republic, Lockman Inc,
and AHRC, an organization that serves people with disabilities.
Ms. Grant said she has ambitious goals for the Queens
Workforce1 Career Center in the coming years.
"Getting people work is more crucial than ever," Ms.
Grant said. "We want to get people in a job and then in continuous learning.
We're thinking not just about getting them income but getting them more income.
We've grown to a point where we think a job is not enough."
New York City's eight Workforce1 Career Centers offer
career counseling, workshops to prepare jobseekers for work and for interviews,
access to occupational training, the latest job listings, and other job
preparation and placement services. The Centers together have placed people in
nearly 60,000 jobs since 2004.
D.B. Grant Associates also manages two new SBS
initiatives in Queens funded by the Mayor's Center for Economic Opportunity,
which works to reduce poverty in the city. Queens's new NYC Transportation
Workforce1 Career Center prepares New Yorkers to attain jobs and promotions in
the transportation sector, one of the city's high-growth industries.
Additionally, D.B. Grant Associates manages Employment Works, which helps New
York City probationers find and retain jobs in growth