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Monday, May 18, 2009


NYC Workforce1 Career Centers Programs Part of the Bloomberg Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan

Awards Recognize City Workforce Programs That Have Helped More Than 1,800 New Yorkers Find Jobs and Train for Better Careers

Monday, May 18, 2009 – Deputy Mayor Robert C. Lieber today congratulated the Workforce1 NYC Transportation Center and the Upper Manhattan Workforce1 Career Center on receiving this year’s NYC Employment and Training Coalition (NYCE&TC) awards. These City workforce programs are an integral part of the Bloomberg Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan, which includes creating jobs for New Yorkers.

“Helping New Yorkers find jobs today, and access training for tomorrow, is central to our Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan, and the Upper Manhattan Career Center and Workforfce1 NYC Transportation Center are great examples of how focused and sector based workforce training can help New Yorkers land quality jobs,” said Deputy Mayor Lieber. “There’s no higher recognition for our workforce training efforts than those through industry experts at the NYC Employment and Training Coalition and I want to congratulate the Department of Small Business Services and Center for Economic Opportunity on this achievement.”

Deputy Mayor Lieber addressed members of the workforce community at today’s 2009 NYCE&TC Workforce Development Summit & Expo held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Tribeca Center for the Performing Arts. The summit brings together key leaders from the workforce community and features a full day of sessions covering issues such as, meeting the challenges of workforce development in a time of change, job opportunities in today’s market, New York City economic recovery efforts, among other topics.

The Department of Small Business Services’ (SBS) Workforce1 centers received two 2009 NYCE&TC Opportunity Awards. The Workforce1 NYC Transportation Center, funded by the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), was awarded the Building Employer Partnerships Award for its innovative large-scale sector workforce model. The Upper Manhattan Workforce1 Career Advancement Program, also a CEO-funded initiative, was given the Career Advancement in a Growth Sector Award.

The NYCE&TC Opportunity Awards competition involves seven awards designed to recognize excellence in New York City's workforce development community and to honor the achievements of NYCE&TC member organizations and individuals. The awards were presented during a ceremony on Thursday, May 14, at Colors Restaurant on Lafayette Street. SBS Deputy Commissioner Angie Kamath received the awards on behalf of SBS.

“I congratulate our NYC Workforce1 Career Centers’ specialists for their extraordinary work that has resulted in placing New Yorkers in jobs as well as helping many others better their careers,” said SBS Commissioner Robert W. Walsh. “The Transportation Center is the first of its kind in New York City. It is based on a promising new model that helps make businesses more competitive while also helping people finds jobs. The Career Advancement Program is assisting many New Yorkers further their careers and attain high paying jobs.”

Workforce1 NYC Transportation Center is located in Jamaica, Queens and, because of its close proximity to the JFK Airport, focuses on providing businesses in the transportation sector with hiring and training services while placing New Yorkers in jobs that pay over $10 an hour as well as offer benefits and career advancement opportunities. The center focuses specifically on four subsectors: air transportation, truck transportation, passenger and ground transit, and air support transportation. Since its launch in June 2008, more than 800 job placements have been made.

Since the inception of The Career Advancement Program in August 2007, more than 1,000 New Yorkers have benefited from the program. The program, which is also available in four of the City’s other Workforce1 Career Centers, provides employed workers, earning less than $14 an hour, with coaching in order to promote retention, career advancement and increased earnings.

“CEO has become a nationally recognized research and development laboratory for testing new anti-poverty strategies,” said CEO Executive Director Veronica M. White. “SBS is an incredible partner in our work and these two programs are helping to move New Yorkers into stable careers and up the economic ladder.”

The other award recipients are: Chanel Thornton of SOBRO, Opportunity Award for Program Participant Achievement Award; BRC Horizons’ Ahmed Wing, Opportunity Award/Bonnie Potter; The Resource Training Center, Opportunity Award for Promoting Middle Skill Jobs; Chuck Hamilton, Workforce Development Leadership Award; and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, Opportunity Award for Serving Youth.

"Day in and day out, the public and private organizations that make up the city's workforce development community create opportunity for thousands of New Yorkers. These groups not only change lives, they contribute to the economic recovery of New York City. The awards recognize organizations and individuals for their achievements in building better lives for everyone they serve, and we all work together to create a city that works for all New Yorkers,” said Tim Ford, executive director of NYCE&TC.

About the Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan
The Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan is a comprehensive strategy to bring New York City through the current economic downturn as fast as possible. It focuses on three major areas: creating jobs for New Yorkers today, implementing a long-term vision for growing the city's economy, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods in every borough. Taken together, the initiatives that the City has launched to achieve these goals will generate thousands of jobs and put New York City on a path to economic recovery and growth.

About The Center for Economic Opportunity:
The Center for Economic Opportunity was established by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006 to implement innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City. Led by Executive Director Veronica White and supported by a combination of public and private funds, the Center for Economic Opportunity works with City agencies to design and implement evidence-based initiatives aimed at poverty reduction. The Center manages an Innovation Fund through which it provides City agencies annual funding to implement such initiatives and also oversees a rigorous evaluation of each to determine which are successful in demonstrating results towards reducing poverty and increasing self sufficiency among New Yorkers. For more information about all of CEO’s initiatives, go to

About The Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. NYC Workforce1 Career Centers offer services to meet the needs of all jobseekers, including one-on-one job and career counseling, technical and educational services, workshops, and referrals to training providers. For more information on all of SBS’ services go to

  Contacts: Laura Postiglione (SBS) 212/513-6318
Kathleen Carlson (CEO) 212/788-8949

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