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Thursday, June 20, 2013


Scholars at Work, Recently Expanded Through Partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), Helps Connect High School and College Students to Careers in Manufacturing and Transportation

Robert W. Walsh, Commissioner of the New York City Department of SBS, will join graduating seniors from thirteen city high schools and New York City College of Technology (City Tech) to congratulate them on successfully completing the Scholars at Work program. Scholars at Work is a partnership between the DOE, SBS and the City University of New York (CUNY) that helps graduating students from select city career and technical education (CTE) high schools and City Tech find careers after graduation in the high-demand transportation and manufacturing sectors. This is the first year the program was expanded to include college students through the City Tech partnership. In total, the program placed over 100 students from City Tech and participating high schools into internships. Graduation is being held at Steiner Studios, located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

“The City’s Workforce1 Career Centers are experts in connecting New Yorkers to jobs, and partnerships with the Department of Education and the City University of New York has helped us reach a growing number of high school and college students interested in the high-demand manufacturing and transportation sectors,” said Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “The Scholars at Work program helps strengthen the City’s workforce and provides graduating students with valuable work experience and job skills that enable them to achieve gainful employment and discover future employment opportunities.

“It is our goal that every New York City student graduates high school ready for success in college and a career,” said Department of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. “Scholars at Work connects students from high-quality transportation and manufacturing CTE programs with leading employers in the field, which provides an invaluable work experience and a much deeper understanding of what it takes to advance their personal career path. Through these opportunities, students demonstrate their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in real work settings, a purpose of the shift to the Common Core curriculum.”

“City Tech's technology programs are constructed to blend theory and hands-on experience. We teach students to be “scholars at work,” says Bonne August Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at City Tech. “This NYC SBS program is a perfect fit and a great opportunity for our students looking to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing and transportation.”

“The Scholars at Work program has proven to be another highly effective way for the Brooklyn Navy Yard to support our growing tenant base and broader community employment needs,” said Andrew H. Kimball, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

As part of the program, students completed a 14-week paid internship during the spring 2013 academic semester with over 40 New York City employers in the transportation and manufacturing industries.  Manufacturing interns gained vital paid work experience with businesses focusing on architecture, plumbing, welding, carpentry, electrical, wholesale distribution, wholesale trade, and more. Transportation interns were placed with employers engaged in high-level automotive, aviation, electrical, engineering, ground transit, and maritime work.  Participating employers included 15 businesses from the Brooklyn Navy Yard that hired interns for positions in production, fabrication, inventory management, design and various tech-related roles.

Students were also matched with transportation and manufacturing firms through the Workforce1 Industrial and Transportation Career Center in Jamaica, Queens, which has placed jobseekers in these sectors since opening in 2008. The Center prepared students for their work experience through an intensive two-week work readiness training before internships began. Students worked 15 hours each week, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday afternoon.

In addition to the internship component of Scholars at Work, the City’s Workforce1 Career Centers conduct job readiness workshops and recruitment events at CTE schools helping approximately 200 graduating seniors interested in full- or part-time employment through an initiative called Career Exploration. Both initiatives are designed to prepare students for careers related to their CTE studies by incorporating professional development and work-readiness training.

The Scholars at Work program has grown significantly since it first began in 2010 serving 17 students.  The program is funded by the Center for Economic Opportunity and the Young Men’s Initiative.

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 1,700 schools. The Department’s 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’ services, go to

About City Tech/CUNY
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of the The City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest public college of technology in New York State.  Located in Downtown Brooklyn, the College enrolls more than 16,000 students in 65 baccalaureate, associate and specialized certificate programs.  Another 16,000 students enroll annually in adult education and workforce development programs.  For more information on City Tech, go to Visit for more information on CUNY.

Merideth Weber (SBS),, 212-513-6318
Marcus Liem (DOE),, 212-374-0625
Michele Forsten (City Tech),, 718-260-5979

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