Read news of the former NYC Office of Human Capital Development (2012-2014)

When the Office of Workforce Development was launched in May 2014, it took the place of the former NYC Office of Human Capital Development (OHCD). Below are some highlights of news from the former OHCD.

Philanthropy New York Convenes Panel Discussion on Changes to the High School Equivalency Diploma in New York State, Featuring OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light
April 24, 2014
Philanthropy New York, the NYC Workforce Funders and the NYC Youth Funders today hosted a forum focused on the future of education for New Yorkers without high school diplomas. As of January 2014, a new test is now administered in New York State to replace the GED® and help New Yorkers receive their high school equivalency diploma. The panel featured OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light, New York State Education Department Deputy Commissioner Kevin Smith, and several nonprofit providers to discuss areas of emerging concern and how the philanthropic community can help address in partnership with the public sector.
Learn more about the issue
See the event agenda (in PDF)
Check out Michelle’s presentation (in PDF)

OHCD and NYC Workforce Funders Release New Chart on Public and Private Giving from 2000-2013
April 16, 2014
OHCD and the NYC Workforce Funders today updated and published a graphic chart showing the trend of public Workforce Investment Act (WIA) dollars over the last decade matched against the trend of private philanthropic dollars invested in the City’s workforce system.  While WIA funds have decreased from $125.6 million in 2000 to $62.8 million in 2013, foundations have collectively increased their annual private giving for direct and intermediary services as well as capacity building from $18.4 million in 2004 to $64.7 million in 2013.
See the graphic chart

Mayor de Blasio Marks First 100 Days in Office
April 10, 2014
Mayor de Blasio delivered a speech where he noted the progress of his administration since he took office. OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light celebrated this milestone, along with many City and State officials at Cooper Union in Manhattan.
Read the Mayor’s speech

Deputy Mayor Glen Gives Speech at Association for a Better New York and Announces Transition of OHCD to Newly-Renamed Office of Workforce Development
April 2, 2014
Deputy Mayor Glen addressed a packed crowd at the Association for a Better New York, highlighting the important work that has been done and that still remains for our workforce system to create “more nimble and responsive workforce training and forge real pipelines to our fastest-growing, good-paying employers.”  As part of her speech, she announced that OHCD will be transitioning in the month of April, and effective as of May 1, 2014, it will become the newly-renamed Office of Workforce Development. 
Read the speech (in PDF)
Read the announcement (in PDF)

OHCD Hosts March 2014 WIB Quarterly Meeting, Featuring National Skills Coalition Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen
March 14, 2014
OHCD convened the NYC Workforce Investment Board for its first quarterly meeting of the year - and of the de Blasio Administration.  Andy Van Kleunen, the Executive Director of the National Skills Coalition, addressed the WIB and shared perspective on recent national developments as well as key themes for New York City.
See the meeting agenda (in PDF)
Read the meeting recap (in PDF)

Mayor de Blasio Delivers First State of the City Address
February 10, 2014
Mayor de Blasio delivered his first State of the City address, where he laid out his agenda to strike at inequality and create more opportunity for working New Yorkers.  OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light attended along with many City and State officials in a packed auditorium at LaGuardia Community College in Queens.
Read the Mayor's remarks

OHCD Launches Redesigned and Updated “Find a Class” Tool for Adult Education
January 30, 2014
OHCD today launched a newly-redesigned and updated "Find a Class" online tool that allows people to search for publicly-funded adult education opportunities in their neighborhood. It is possible to search sites by type of class offered at the site, borough, ZIP code, nearby subway line, and/or name of the organization.
Search the online tool
Read basic step-by-step instructions (in PDF)

OHCD Attends US Conference of Mayors 82nd Annual Winter Meeting
January 23, 2014
OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light attended the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) annual winter meeting in Washington, DC and was re-elected to serve on the USCM Workforce Development Council board of trustees.  More than 280 mayors convened for this gathering, meeting with Congressional leadership, Administration officials and nine Cabinet secretaries (such as Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez) to urge Congress to continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to spur job creation and economic growth in America’s cities and metropolitan areas.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the attendees at Thursday morning’s plenary session, speaking to his fellow mayors about their leadership and being on the forefront of progress in America.
See the USCM full agenda (in PDF)
Read Mayor de Blasio’s full remarks

OHCD Releases Profile of NYC Workforce Development and Adult Education System
January 21, 2014
OHCD today released a new two-page fact sheet about the need for and overview of the City’s workforce development and adult education system.
Download the fact sheet (in PDF)

National Skills Coalition Recognizes New Law Championed by OHCD
December 19, 2013
The Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC), a project of the National Skills Coalition, launched their new website today. In one of the first WDQC blog posts, they talk about the new New York State law that – starting December 22, 2013 – will grant City agencies greater access to data about the dates, wages, places, and industries of individuals’ employment. Supported by a strong coalition led by OHCD and sponsored by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and Senator Diane Savino, the law will help local governments evaluate the effectiveness of their services for jobseekers and students.
Read the blog post
Learn more about the law

OHCD Joins Celebration to Release Final Report of the GED® Campaign to Finish
December 18, 2013
OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light attended the celebratory event of the New York City GED® Campaign to Finish, joining other community leaders in recognizing the accomplishments of this initiative, for which OHCD has served as a planning partner. Coordinated by the Fund for Public Advocacy, the campaign sought to mobilize and activate a public/private collaboration to reach and engage 3,000 young adults who had taken the GED® but not yet passed all sections, and support them in retaking the exam before December 31, 2013. That is the last day the GED® will be administered in the state. As of January 2014, a new test will be administered by the state to help New Yorkers receive their high school equivalency diploma.
Read the report
Learn more about the transition from the GED® to a new exam to determine high school equivalency

OHCD Hosts December 2013 WIB Quarterly Meeting, Featuring Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott
December 12, 2013
OHCD convened the NYC Workforce Investment Board for its final quarterly meeting of the year - and of the Bloomberg Administration.  NYC Department of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott addressed the WIB, reflecting on progress achieved and the possibilities for building on those accomplishments in the future.
See the meeting agenda (in PDF)
Read the meeting recap (in PDF)

OHCD Releases its "Following the Money" Report
December 5, 2013
Ever wonder how much money is invested into New York City’s public workforce development and adult education services? In collaboration with 13 agencies, 2 libraries, and CUNY, OHCD has compiled and analyzed the amounts and types of funding invested in Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 in a new report.
Download the full analysis (in PDF)

OHCD Highlights City Agencies' Work to Help NYC Recover from Hurricane Sandy
October 29, 2013
On the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, OHCD released an infographic that highlights the tremendous progress that City agencies have helped New York City make in recovering from the storm through US Department of Labor National Emergency Grants.
Download the infographic (in PDF)
Read more about National Emergency Grants

Governor Cuomo Signs Wage Reporting System Legislation Championed by OHCD
October 23, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation to amend the State Labor Law taking a critical step to help improve programmatic evaluation and service delivery.  Championed by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D, WF-Fresh Meadows), Senator Diane J. Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), OHCD, and a strong coalition of partners, the legislation will permit City agencies to more easily and regularly learn of the wages, dates, and places of employment for individuals who have participated in City workforce and education programs.  This data will equip agencies to better evaluate how well they are serving jobseekers and students.
Read more about the law

OHCD Attends White House Convening on Youth Employment and Salute to Community Leaders by President Barack Obama
September 26, 2013
OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light attended a White House convening focused on youth employment. "Youth Jobs+ Champions of Change" brought together approximately 150 business, nonprofit, community, and government leaders from across the country to discuss promising practices in providing employment opportunities for young people. The convening highlighted nine individuals and organizations who are leading the charge. Michelle was especially glad to applaud fellow New Yorker, Lisbeth Shepherd, who founded Green City Force in Brooklyn to train low-income young adults from the New York City Housing Authority for jobs that promote environmental sustainability.
Read the press release (in PDF)
Watch a short video about the initiative in a blog post

NBC New York Highlights Students Leaving For-Profit Schools with Few Skills and Significant Debt
September 25, 2013
On a nightly news segment, NBC New York gave voice to two students who say their experiences with for-profit schools in New York City saddled them with debt without any substantial education.  The coverage also featured NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, who noted the hundreds of complaints filed by students in similar situations.  Such complaints are encouraged through Know Before You Enroll, a public awareness education campaign implemented in partnership between DCA and OHCD. 
Watch the story

Mayor Bloomberg Releases Fiscal Year 2013 Mayor’s Management Report
September 20, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg released the Mayor’s Management Report detailing the performance of City agencies from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 based on over 1,400 indicators.  OHCD is especially proud of the accomplishments that the City has made in workforce development and adult education services.  For example, the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development’s adult literacy classes have served 120,000 students since Fiscal Year 2001.  As the report notes, “The percent improving in literacy skills as a result of the literacy programs increased 45 percent in Fiscal 2001 to 59 percent in Fiscal 2013.” 
Read the press release and a sample of the report (in PDF)
Read the full report

OHCD Hosts September 2013 WIB Quarterly Meeting, Featuring NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)
September 18, 2013
The September 2013 WIB Quarterly Meeting provided an opportunity for WIB members to learn more about OHCD’s current work and NYCHA’s service coordination model, among other topics.
See the meeting agenda (in PDF)
Read the meeting recap (in PDF)

OHCD Releases First Annual "OHCD: A Year In Review"
September 12, 2013
"OHCD: A Year in Review" (in PDF) provides insight into the accomplishments of OHCD over the past year since Mayor Bloomberg created this office and Michelle Light began working as its Executive Director in August 2012.

Speaker Quinn, New York City Council Members, Bloomberg Administration and Advocates Announce Funding to Provide New Yorkers Immigration Relief
July 17, 2013
OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light joined Speaker Christine Quinn and officials from the Bloomberg Administration to announce $18 million of funds to provide adult education classes and legal services for New York City’s young immigrants in order to help them qualify for the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Commissioner Schiraldi and Chancellor Walcott Celebrate First GED® Graduation for Probation Clients
July 12, 2013
With NYC Department of Probation (DOP) Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi and Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott, the DOP held its first-ever GED® graduation ceremony at the South Bronx Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) center. The event celebrated 29 probation clients who just passed the GED® exam and earned their high school equivalency diplomas.

OHCD Coordinates a City Response to Discussion Draft of WIA Reauthorization Bill

July 3, 2013
OHCD worked with nine City agencies and offices to respond to a discussion draft of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) reauthorization legislation that was offered by the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). The recommendations that OHCD coordinated were sent to the New York States Senators and the Senate HELP Committee. The Senate WIA bill has since advanced out of the HELP Committee on July 31, 2013 by a vote of 18-3. It now awaits Senate floor action.
Read the recommendations (in PDF)

Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and Members of the City Council Announce Agreement for an On-Time, Balanced Budget

June 23, 2013
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and members of the City Council today announced an agreement for an on-time, balanced budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 that includes no tax increases, while continuing investments in essential City services.
Read the press release

Wage Reporting System Bill Passes State Legislature
June 22, 2013
The New York State Senate and Assembly adopted an important piece of legislation (A7911b-Rozic/S5733a-Savino) to modify Section 537 of the New York State Labor Law for the purpose of evaluating the long-term impact of workforce and education programs. OHCD coordinated a strong coalition for this legislation.
Read more about what this legislation does
See the bill text in its entirety (in PDF)
Read commentary on the bill by the Center for Urban Future

OHCD
Hosts June 2013 WIB Quarterly Meeting, Featuring Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel and Panel Discussion on Workforce Development System Recommendations
June 20, 2013
Joined by Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and a panel of leading experts from four organizations that focus on workforce development, the June 2013 WIB Quarterly Meeting provided an opportunity for WIB members to reflect on both the successes of the last 13 years and opportunities for strengthening the system.
See the meeting agenda (in PDF)
Read the meeting recap (in PDF)
Read the NYC Mayoral Forum Candidates Book by the Brooklyn Alliance
Read the 2013 NYCETC Employment and Training Agenda for Mayoral Candidates by the NYC Employment & Training Coalition (in PDF)
Read the NYC Jobs Blueprint by the Partnership for New York City (in PDF)
Read Re-Envisioning the New York City Workforce System by the NYC Workforce Strategy Group (in PDF)
Read the press release from the panelists’ organizations (in PDF)

OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light
Is Appointed to Career & Technical Education Advisory Council
May 30, 2013
OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light was appointed to the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Council, comprised of volunteers from industry, labor, postsecondary education and the non-profit sector, advises the NYC Department of Education in providing all students relevant and meaningful programs for acquiring high-level academic and workforce preparation skills.
Learn more about the CTE Advisory Council

OHCD
Convenes NYC Workforce Funders and NYC Workforce Investment Board Executive Committee
May 29, 2013
During an inaugural meeting, members of the NYC Workforce Funders and the WIB Executive Committee reflected on the last 13 years of workforce development in New York City and discussed opportunities for aligning private and public funding for workforce development.
Read the meeting summary and highlights (in PDF)

OHCD
Hosts Free Training about YouCanToo!
April 30, 2013
This free training about provided an introduction to YouCanToo!, a website and suite of other tools designed to motivate and prepare adult learners to pursue educational opportunities ranging from English for Speakers of Other Languages to Adult Basic Education to GED® preparation. YouCanToo!  was developed through a partnership between OHCD and the New York City Council.  In this training, adult education teachers and program managers became familiar with the website and curriculum, including activities that help learners set educational and career goals.
Visit the YouCanToo! website
Access the training materials (in PDF)

OHCD Hosts March 2013 WIB Quarterly Meeting, Featuring Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott
March 20, 2013
Joined by NYC Department of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, students from two NYC Career and Technical Education (CTE) high schools, and the CTE Advisory Council Chair Jack Powers, WIB members learned about the NYC CTE model that is expanding college and career readiness. Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and WIB member John Mogulescu and University Dean for Continuing Education Suri Duitch also provided a presentation on CUNY’s recent efforts to improve post-secondary workforce outcomes.
See the meeting agenda (in PDF)
Read the meeting recap (in PDF)

Mayor Bloomberg Celebrates Launch of NYC Economic Development Corporation's LINK Initiative
March 25, 2013
OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) today as they announced the LINK – Leveraging Innovations and our Neighborhoods in the Knowledge economy – Initiative, eight new pilot programs designed to connect low-income New Yorkers to the City’s knowledge economy and foster business activity that provides employment and advancement opportunities for those with less formal training, helping to alleviate key challenges that prevent many from moving up the economic ladder. The LINK Initiative aims to increase opportunities for New Yorkers across the five boroughs and is funded by a partnership between EDC, the NYC Human Resources Administration, and the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity. 
Read the press release

OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light Moderates Panel at the 2013 NAWB Summit in Washington, DC
March 11, 2013
OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light moderated a panel at the annual National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum in Washington, DC.  The panelists – including David Berman of the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity; Doug Cotter of Grant Associates; and Jim East of the Kaiser Family Foundation – discussed how NYC effectively implemented, evaluated, and expanded its sector-focused workforce services.  
Read the 2013 NAWB Summit program booklet (in PDF)

OHCD Co-sponsors Pathways of Possibility Conference
February 27, 2013
The New York Reentry Education Network (NYREN), a growing coalition of individuals within community-based organizations, government agencies, and institutions of higher education, organized their inaugural Pathways of Possibility Conference to convene leading experts across the spectrum of criminal justice system reform work. Along with the Columbia University’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, OHCD was a proud co-sponsor of this effort to convene, coordinate, and strengthen pathways to self-sufficiency for individuals with criminal justice histories.
Visit the Reentry Education Network website

In Final State of the City, Mayor Bloomberg Outlines the City's Unfinished Business
February 14, 2013
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg delivered his 12th and final State of the City address today at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, detailing his agenda for the year and the unfinished business the Administration intends to accomplish over the next 320 days. The Mayor outlined his multi-faceted strategy to continue the progress of the past 11 years that has resulted in better schools, safer neighborhoods, improved infrastructure, more jobs and housing, a cleaner environment and greater opportunities for all New Yorkers.
Read the press release

OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light Is Appointed to United States Conference of Mayors' Workforce Development Council Board of Trustees
January 31, 2013
OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light was appointed to the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) as it takes the lead in calling national attention to the problems and potential of urban America. The USCM Workforce Development Council provides a forum for mayors and their designated representatives to examine areas relating to employment, training and workforce development and to strengthen the ability of cities to meet the needs of their citizens.
Learn about the USCM Workforce Development Council
See the full list of USCM Workforce Development Council Board members

OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light Featured on Plenary Panel at 2012 NYCETC Annual Summit & Expo
December 14, 2012
During a panel entitled The Bloomberg Era: Key Accomplishments and Remaining Priorities, OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light joined Deputy Commissioners from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Department of Youth and Community Development, and Human Resources Administration. They each discussed their respective organizational successes in workforce, skills training, and adult education over the course of the Bloomberg years including the creation of OHCD as an indicator of Mayor Bloomberg’s continued commitment to prioritizing workforce for the remainder of the Administration.
Read more about the 2012 NYCETC Annual Summit

OHCD Hosts December 2012 WIB Quarterly Meeting, Featuring
Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs
December 6, 2012
During the December 2012 WIB Quarterly Meeting, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs provided an overview of the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) and efforts to institutionalize data-driven innovation throughout and beyond the Bloomberg Administration.
See the meeting agenda (in PDF)
Read the meeting recap (in PDF)

US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Visits the Midland Beach Area of Staten Island Affected by Hurricane Sandy
November 29, 2012
US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis made her second trip to New York City after Hurricane Sandy.  Hosted by community leaders and public officials, including NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Commissioner Veronica White and OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light, Secretary Solis visited multiple sites along the Staten Island beachfront, met with DPR staff and temporary workers hired with federal National Emergency Grant funding from US Department of Labor to accelerate the recovery effort, and pledged further departmental support to assist those affected by the storm.
Read the press release
See photos from the visit

OHCD Senior Policy Advisor Katy Taylor
Presents at National College Transition Network (NCTN) Conference about IMPACT initiative
November 9, 2012
The sixth national NCTN conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education featured a workshop presentation led by OHCD’s Katy Taylor on the IMPACT initiative, a peer mentoring program administered by OHCD and NYC Center for Economic Opportunity under the Young Men’s Initiative Umbrella. An important goal of NCTN is to support adult and college educators and administrators, professional developers, researchers, and policy developers to build bridges to postsecondary success and family-sustaining careers for Adult Secondary Education and English language students.
Learn about IMPACT (in PDF)
Read more about NCTN’s Annual conference (in PDF)

US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Visits Queens to Discuss National Emergency Grant Funds Available to Provide post-Hurricane Sandy Recovery Jobs
November 5, 2012
US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis visited New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to learn firsthand about the damage and its impact on disaster victims, meeting with OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light as well as city and state officials, business owners and residents.  The US Department of Labor quickly mobilized and approved emergency funds to expedite recovery efforts in areas hard hit by the storm.
See photos from the visit

OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light and NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama Co-sign Letter to Adult Education Providers about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
October 26, 2012
The Obama Administration has announced that it will take steps to defer action on the deportation of certain undocumented young people in the US and provide them the opportunity to work legally through a process known as DACA. In response, the City of New York is providing information, access to documents, and referrals to qualified legal service providers for those who are interested in this opportunity. In anticipation of increased enrollment requests for various community based adult education programs across the city, the letter offers detailed information and guidance on how to implement new federal US Citizenship and Immigration Services DACA policies.
Read the letter (in PDF)

OHCD Managing Director Tara Colton
Presents at Cities for Financial Empowerment Breakfast about "Know Before You Enroll" Campaign
October 24, 2012
Cities for Financial Empowerment is a coalition of 12 cities co-chaired by Jonathan Mintz, NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner, and Jose Cisneros, Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco.  The coalition brought together national leaders and local partners to explore the theory, practice and strategy of integrating financial empowerment programs into municipal social services. A panel on the development, rollout and impact of “Know Before You Enroll” featured Tara Colton, OHCD Managing Director; Kay Sarlin, NYC DCA Associate Commissioner; and Rohit Chopra, Student Loan Ombudsman at the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Read more about the "Know Before You Enroll" campaign
Read more about Cities for Financial Empowerment
Read the report series “Municipal Financial Empowerment: A Supervitamin for Public Programs” (in PDF)

National
Version of OHCD and DCA’s “Know Before You Enroll” Campaign Is Launched with a Focus on Veterans
October 17, 2012
Thanks to the Kisco Foundation, a national website has been created to educate student veterans about how to make informed decisions when selecting a school or training program. All materials were modeled after the inaugural “Know Before You Enroll” campaign created by the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education, now part of OHCD, and the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA).
Learn more about the “Know Before You Enroll” campaign
Visit the national website focused on veterans

OHCD
Co-signs Letter to Nearly 5,000 New Yorkers who have Partially Passed the GED® Test
October 12, 2012
In anticipation of the impending changes to the current GED® test, OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light co-signed a letter disseminated by the New York State Education Department to notify 4,829 past test takers that their partial passing scores will no longer be valid after December 31, 2013. The letter also encourages these partial passers to utilize free City and State resources in order to prepare and take the test before 2014.
Read the letter (in PDF)

OHCD Hosts Free Training about YouCanToo!
October 4, 2012
This free training about provided an introduction to YouCanToo!, a website and suite of other tools designed to motivate and prepare adult learners to pursue educational opportunities ranging from English for Speakers of Other Languages to Adult Basic Education to GED® preparation. YouCanToo!  was developed through a partnership between OHCD and the New York City Council.  In this training, adult education teachers and program managers became familiar with the website and curriculum, including activities that help learners set educational and career goals.
Visit the YouCanToo! website
Access the training materials (in PDF)

OHCD Coordinates Visits to Highbridge Community Life Center and CUNY Prep in the Bronx for GED® Testing Service Board Members
September 27, 2012
In preparation for impending changes to the GED® test planned as of January 2, 2014, OHCD convened a meeting with GED® Testing Service members, GED® prep teachers, students, and officials from varying city agencies to identify concerns and questions.

OHCD Hosts September 2012 WIB Quarterly Meeting, Featuring Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel
September 20, 2012
During the September 2012 WIB Quarterly Meeting, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel introduced OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light and WIB Chair Kathy Kearns facilitated a discussion between Michelle and WIB members.  OHCD Managing Director Tara Colton also provided an update on the impending changes to the GED® test and sought input from WIB members to inform the City’s strategic planning from an employer perspective.   
See the meeting agenda (in PDF)

OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light Is Appointed
August 6, 2012
OHCD is the new entity created through the merger of the NYC Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the former Mayor’s Office of Adult Education. As Executive Director, Michelle will focus on overseeing and implementing the responsibilities of the WIB; creating a citywide workforce development and adult education strategy and implementation agenda; establishing and maintaining accountability and transparency; developing a customer-focused system with "no wrong door" for entry; building and maintaining strong linkages between the workforce/adult education system and employers; and maximizing the City’s return on investments.
Read the announcement and learn more about Michelle Light (in PDF)