News of the Former Mayor's Office of Adult Education (MOAE)

Upon its creation in August 2012, OHCD assumed the former Mayor’s Office of Adult Education (MOAE).  Below are some highlights of news captured by the former MOAE.

Mayor's Office of Adult Education and NYC Workforce Investment Board Consolidated to Form the NYC Office of Human Capital Development
In 2012, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg created the NYC Office of Human Capital Development (OHCD), a new entity housed in the Office of the Mayor, to oversee, support, and strengthen the City's range of workforce development, skills training, and adult education activities. The former Mayor’s Office of Adult Education and the NYC Workforce Investment Board and were consolidated and placed under the umbrella of OHCD, and the vision and goals are broader than both combined. OHCD strives to help businesses meet their labor needs and help NYC jobseekers find stable jobs with advancement potential.

Mayor's Office of Adult Education, City Council and NYC Department of Education Launch YouCanToo!
YouCanToo! provides adult learners with the tools and support they need to take the first steps towards their educational and career goals – whether it’s learning English, obtaining a GED, transitioning to college or exploring a new career. It provides motivational videos, comprehensive resources, and a place where learners can hear from others who have succeeded along the way. To help ensure that as many New Yorkers as possible are able to take advantage of this online resource, the City Council and the Mayor's Office of Adult Education are inviting teachers, program managers, and community advocates across the five boroughs to get involved in this exciting initiative.
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Know Before You Enroll Campaign Launched
November 16, 2011
This new campaign will educate New Yorkers about selecting a school or training program, advise them to be careful of taking on a large amount of school debt and encourage anyone who has had a negative experience to file a complaint. The campaign, which features testimonials of real New Yorkers, will appear on bus shelters, phone kiosks, and subway cars, and will be featured in major daily and community newspapers. To help prospective students avoid taking on major school debt, NYC Service is launching a new initiative to identify volunteer financial and legal experts who can review enrollment contracts and loan applications with New Yorkers before they sign on the dotted line. The City also offers free help with debt and budgeting at the City’s Financial Empowerment Centers.
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Mayor Bloomberg Launches Nation's Most Comprehensive Effort to Tackle Disparities Between Young Black and Latino Males and Their Peers
August 4, 2011
Mayor Bloomberg announced the launch of the Young Men's Initiative, the nation's boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men. This cross-agency enterprise is the culmination of 18 months of work begun when the Mayor committed in his 2010 State of the City address to find new ways to tackle the crisis.
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New York City Releases Performance Dashboard to Detail City's Workforce Development Programs
June 2011
The City of New York Workforce Development Quarterly Report provides timely data on the performance of the City's public workforce system. By reporting on a common set of performance indicators, the report reflects the diverse work of each agency, while also providing an overview of the city's workforce system as a whole. The Workforce Development Quarterly Report is an initiative of the NYC Workforce Cabinet, led by Deputy Mayors Linda Gibbs and Robert Steel, and Chancellor Dennis Walcott, and it stemmed from a workgroup co-chaired by the NYC Workforce Investment Board and the Human Resources Administration.
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“One System for One City” Report Released to Help City Better Serve Employers and Jobseekers
May 2011
"One System for One City," the first report on New York City’s menu of workforce development services, offers a comprehensive picture of publicly-funded and administered employment, training and workforce education programs in New York City during Fiscal Year 2010, including demographic information on customers served as well as a complete program inventory.
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Social Media Fellows Connect and Engage Adult Education System
Eight NYC graduate students developed social media projects to foster digital communication of information, ideas and other content relevant to the City’s adult education system. The Fellows collaborated with College & Community Fellowship, the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education, New York City Council, New York Public Library, and "We Are New York" Community Project. The projects enhanced peer networking, promoted opportunities for education and employment, and increased the real-time engagement of adult learners, staff, tutors and volunteers.

Susan Dalmas Receives Prestigious 2011 Sloan Public Service Award
Susan Dalmas, Director of the Queens Library Adult Learning Program, received a 2011 Sloan Public Service Award, which is widely regarded as the Nobel Prize of City Government. She was recognized for her outstanding civil service whose work performance and commitment to the public transcend not only the ordinary but the extraordinary. Susan oversees the largest library-based literacy program in the nation, serving over 6,000 learners a year. She is a sought-after expert in the field, and her innovative programming for adult learners has been adopted by libraries across the country.
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Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Dennis M. Walcott Chancellor of NYC Public Schools
April 7, 2011
Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott will serve as the City's new Schools Chancellor. He has served as Deputy Mayor since the beginning of the Bloomberg Administration in 2002 and has been Mayor Bloomberg's City Hall point person on all education and youth policy, planning and programmatic efforts.
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LaGuardia Community College Professional Awarded the 2011 New York Times ESOL Teacher of the Year
March 24, 2011
Paula Da Silva-Michelin, an ESOL teacher at LaGuardia's Center for Immigrant Education and Training, was recognized for her contributions in-and-out of the classroom. Her dedication as a teacher and mentor has helped her students develop the skills they need to create successful lives in NYC. The New York Times also recognized Elaine Soffer from Nassau Community College, and Robin Winters from the Harlem YMCA New Americans Welcome Center. The awards ceremony takes place on April 8, 2011 at the New York Times.
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Deputy Mayor Walcott Appoints Tara Colton as Executive Director of Mayor's Office of Adult Education
January 25, 2011
The Mayor's Office of Adult Education serves as a critical bridge between government, industry, education and workforce providers, and community groups in building valuable and lifelong skills for New Yorkers. Tara Colton previously served as Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the New York City Department of Education's Office of Adult and Continuing Education. Tara replaces Anthony Tassi, who left the Administration in September 2010.
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City Officials Celebrate Adult Education Week in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
September 16, 2010
Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis Walcott, Executive Director of Adult Education Anthony Tassi, and Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Fatima Shama, along with representatives from the Department of Education and Workforce Investment Board visited the Center for Family Life to Celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.
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An Open Letter to Men and Women Currently or Formerly Incarcerated
September 2010
Anthony Tassi, Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Adult Education, releases an open letter reminding formerly-incarcerated adults they are smart, capable and able to help and lead others. He also encourages them to continue school, earn their GEDs and enroll in college or a job training program. Adults being released from prison or jail should not be discouraged and believe educational opportunities are out of reach, but rather, they should expect great things of themselves.
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“We Are New York” Professional Day Is a Big Success
June 25, 2010
Over 100 ESOL teachers attended the “We Are New York” (WANY) Professional Development Day. Through a variety of workshops, participants learned exciting new ways to use the series. Nearly every teacher responding to the evaluation survey indicated they were planning to use the lesson plans and resources presented in the workshops. In particular, 92% of teachers who had never used WANY before reported they were "likely" or "very likely" to use it in their classrooms.
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Mayor’s Office of Adult Education Releases Results of 2009 NYC Adult Education Computer and Internet Survey to Inform the City's Digital Literacy Agenda
June 2010
The Mayor's Office of Adult Education invited members of NYC's adult education community to participate in an inaugural Adult Education Computer and Internet Survey. Over 3,000 adult learners, teachers, and program managers participated in the survey. Their tremendous response provided a snapshot of how adult education programs from across the City use computers and the internet. The results will inform the City's technology and digital literacy agenda.
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New York Public Library Helps Adults to Read and Write
Inspired adult learners say it is never too late to improve their literacy and communication skills. The New York Public Library's Centers for Reading and Writing offer free classes to help adults learn to read and write more effectively.
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Symphony Space, All Write! Program
May 14, 2010
Symphony Space on Manhattan's Upper West Side celebrates the many talented poets and writers in adult education classes with a performance program called Selected Shorts: All Write! Students from programs across the City are invited to a reading of fiction and poetry by professional actors and then encouraged to write their own stories and poetry. Symphony Space offers teachers professional development workshops and a guide to help them incorporate poetry short fiction writing into their classes. Three months later, selected student poems and stories are read by actors at two performances at Symphony Space and published in a journal.
Read the article in the New York Times

“We Are New York” Wins Two Emmy Awards
April 18, 2010
The Mayor's Office of Adult Education and City University of New York took home two awards at the 53rd Annual New York Emmy Awards for "We Are New York." The groundbreaking new show won NY Emmy Awards for Best Writing and Best Photography.
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Mayor's Office Recognizes Adult Learners with the Calvin Miles Award for Student Leadership
November 24, 2009
Eighteen student and alumni leaders from across NYC's adult education system were awarded the Calvin Miles Award for Student Leadership. Their outstanding leadership in-and-out of the classroom has helped them become empowered partners in adult education. The award honors Calvin Miles, an organizer and advocate for adult learners everywhere.
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Mayor's Office, CUNY, and Literacy Assistance Center Award Grants to ESOL Teachers
The Mayor’s Office, City University of New York, and Literacy Assistance Center awarded $120,000 to 46 ESOL teachers. Award winners will create new ways of using "We Are New York" to help adults learn English. Projects will incorporate the television show to develop lesson plans for use in existing ESOL programs, as well as offer support and learning opportunities to more people in the community.
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Community Leaders across the City Host Viewing Parties of “We Are New York”
Community leaders in Washington Heights, Jackson Heights, and Brighton Beach hosted celebrations for “We Are New York,” a new television show created by the Mayor's Office of Adult Education and the City University of New York. Guests viewed clips from episodes filmed in their neighborhoods and shared ways to use this exciting new show to help adults learn English.
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Mayor's Office of Adult Education Helps Students Improve Health Literacy Skills
The New York City Health Literacy Campaign helps adults improve their health literacy skills. Students learn literacy skills such as reading, writing, and math in the context of health-related topics. The campaign also encourages students to use their new knowledge and skills take action outside the classroom.  Thanks to the Campaign’s nutrition lesson plans, students learn to decode nutrition labels, compare healthy and unhealthy options, and make informed choices in the corner grocery store – while raising awareness of the nutritional content of common beverages.
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Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Walcott Urge New Yorkers to Watch "We Are New York" on Channel 25
June 25, 2009
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott today encouraged immigrant New Yorkers to watch the premiere of “We Are New York,” a new weekly television show that helps them to learn English through realistic stories of life in New York City, while also providing information on City resources and services available to them.
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LaGuardia Community College’s GED® Bridge Program Holds Student Recognition Ceremony
February 3, 2009
LaGuardia Community College's GED® Bridge Programs held their first Student Recognition Ceremony on February 3, 2009. Graduates and current members were recognized for their achievements and participation in these programs. In collaboration with the New York City Mayor's Office of Adult Education and MetLife Foundation, students prepare for careers in healthcare or business while they study for the high school equivalency diploma (GED®) exam. Of the more than 150 participants recognized at the ceremony, 63 have earned a GED® diploma.

Mayor's Office Selects 10 NYC Medical Students for Its 2009 Health Literacy Fellowship
Ten outstanding NYC medical students will deepen their understanding of health literacy and improve their communications skills. Now in its fourth year, this innovative program has proven an effective model for non-traditional medical education with important benefits for adult literacy programs.

Mayor's Office of Adult Education and Kingsborough Community College Team Up to Offer a Credit-Bearing Leadership Course for Alumni Interns
The Transition to College Internship (T2C) is an innovative joint venture between the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education and CUNY that strengthens outcomes for adult literacy students as they transition to college and improves persistence and graduation rates of GED® alumni enrolled in college. The T2C alumni interns can earn three college credits while they receive training in peer leadership, mentoring, public speaking, and community outreach.

Deputy Mayor Walcott Delivers Keynote Address at "Summit on the Future of Adult Education in New York City"
Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott delivered the keynote address today at the Summit on the Future of Education in New York City held at the UJA-Federation in Manhattan.
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Leadership of NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Release Open Letter to Immigrant Students
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation President Alan Aviles and Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama released an open letter reminding New Yorkers that the City's public hospital system is available to all, regardless of immigration status.
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Deputy Mayor Walcott Announces Funding for Classes for Former Prisoners
Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott announced new City funding for the Fortune Society to help the formerly incarcerated reenter society.
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Queens Library Advances Health Literacy
PBS’ "To The Contrary" featured a story on how Queens Library is playing a leading role in advancing the health literacy of the general public and their adult education students.
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Mayor Bloomberg Announces Creation of Mayor’s Office of Adult Education
October 12, 2006
Mayor Bloomberg announced the creation of the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education and the appointment of Anthony Tassi as its first director.
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