New York ‚Äď Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott of the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and Angie Kamath, Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development at the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) joined a cohort of graduating seniors from ten city high schools in a ceremony at the Brooklyn Museum to congratulate them on successfully completing Scholars at Work, a partnership between DOE, SBS and the New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) that helps provide a fuller range of options for young New Yorkers graduating from the city‚Äôs career and technical education (CTE) high schools. The program is funded by Center for Economic Opportunity and the Young Men‚Äôs Initiative.
As part of the program, 67 students completed a 14-week paid internship during the spring 2012 academic semester with 30 New York City employers in the transportation and manufacturing industries. Several participating students have already been offered and accepted full-time jobs from the companies with which they interned. In addition to the internship component of Scholars at Work, the City‚Äôs Workforce1 Career Centers conducted job readiness workshops and recruitment events at CTE schools helping approximately 300 graduating seniors interested in full- or part-time employment through an initiative called Career Exploration. The Scholars at Work program has grown significantly since it began in 2010 serving 17 students.
‚ÄúCongratulations to the 67 graduates of our Scholars at Work program this year,‚ÄĚ said Chancellor Walcott. ‚ÄúTheir commitment to education is emblematic of our work throughout New York City to ensure that students are on track for success, whatever path they choose after graduation. I thank Commissioner Walsh and the Workforce Investment Board for their continued commitment to our students, and for maintaining a close alignment between our schools and our workforce.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúOver the past three years, our partnership with the Department of Education and Workforce Investment Board has allowed our Workforce1 Career Centers to connect with a growing number of New York‚Äôs Career and Technical Education high schools,‚ÄĚ said Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. ‚ÄúThis connection not only benefits the schools and the City‚Äôs workforce, but most importantly, provides graduating students with valuable work experience and job skills that allows for the discovery of future employment opportunities, and opens the door for these students to succeed.‚ÄĚ
Both Scholars at Work initiatives focus on preparing high school seniors for careers related to their CTE studies by incorporating professional development and work-readiness training. This year for the first time, students in the internship program were not only offered internships in transportation, but also in manufacturing. Scholars at Work also increased its outreach to ten CTE high schools‚ÄĒ William E. Grady, Transit Tech, and George Westinghouse in Brooklyn, School for Cooperative in Manhattan, Aviation Career, High school for Construction Trades, Thomas A. Edison, and Queens Vocational in Queens, and finally Ralph R. McKee, and Tottenville High School in Staten Island.
The Workforce1 Industrial and Transportation Career Center in Jamaica, Queens matched participating students with transportation and manufacturing industry firms, with which it has placed jobseekers since it opened in 2008. The Center prepared the students for their work experience through an intensive two-week work readiness training in February before internships began. Students work 15 hours each week, typically from 2pm to 5pm every afternoon.
About the New York City Department of Education
The New York City Department of Education is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in over 1,600 schools. The Department‚Äôs Career and Technical Education Schools integrate rigorous academic study with workforce skills in specific career pathways. Students receive instruction in an industry-related area like computer graphics, veterinary science, restaurant management, carpentry & nursing, among others.
About the Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to start, operate and expand by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. For more information on all of SBS‚Äô services, go to www.nyc.gov/sbs.
About the Workforce Investment Board
The New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is a dynamic Board appointed by the Mayor to drive, coordinate and oversee workforce development services for adults and youth in New York City. New York City has the largest local workforce investment area in the nation, with nearly four million workers across the five boroughs. Board members include leaders from the private sector, public agencies, and labor unions, who advance the Mayor‚Äôs economic development and workforce agendas by ensuring that the City‚Äôs workforce system can deliver the skilled workers that local businesses need to grow, compete and prosper in the 21st century economy. For more information on the WIB go to www.nyc.gov/wib.