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Generation USA Partners with Three New York University Campuses in Verizon Skill Forward Initiative

Partnership to provide free training programs to the New York community

NEW YORK – July 27, 2022 – (Newswire.com)

As part of the Verizon Skill Forward initiative, Generation USA has partnered with three City University of New York (CUNY) schools: Kingsborough Community College (KCC), LaGuardia Community College (LaG), and the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) to provide Generation USA’s professional training bootcamp programs and support at no cost to the New York community. Generation USA has served nearly 400 students so far across all programs.

Students in the free, fully online programs learn technical and soft skills and receive valuable support to help them succeed. Generation USA speaks with area employers to find out what positions are open. Then, Generation USA and its partners create a learning experience that uses hands-on, hands-on learning in an accelerated online format. Staff provide academic support and career and life coaching during a student’s program, based on their individual needs.

Once a student successfully completes the program, Generation USA assists the next phase of a student’s career journey by helping them find full-time employment, internships, apprenticeships, or further education. Students are also part of a growing network of alumni.

CUNY’s Verizon Skill Forward training programs include: Digital Marketing Analyst, IT Support Specialist, and Junior Web Developer. These programs typically last 10 to 12 weeks and are full-time, Monday through Friday.

“Increasing accessibility to tech education is crucial at a time when there is a growing demand for tech talent,” said Christine Zagari LoPorto, Associate Dean of the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Program. work of KCC. “It’s important for us to work to close the opportunity gap in New York’s tech economy and prepare workers for careers that can lead to the middle class.”

“This program is perfect for people looking to increase their skills in their current roles or want to transition into a new career,” added Dr. Simone Rodriguez, Vice President of Continuing Education and Hand Development. -work of KCC.

“As our communities rebuild after the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative programs like this to help New Yorkers eager to return to work and support themselves and their families are essential. “said the vice president of the LaGuardia Community College of Adult and Continuing. Education Sunil B. Gupta. “We are grateful to Generation USA and Verizon for their support, allowing these training programs to be provided tuition-free and to include comprehensive services and job placement assistance. We are pleased to be the training site digital marketing analysts, a field that builds on our leadership in training the professional workforce in technology and business development. We encourage anyone interested to apply today. To be eligible, only a high school diploma or GED is required.

“I am thrilled with this partnership, which will bring much-needed technology training to our community,” said Anthony Watson, Acting Dean of the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development. “CUNY’s Verizon Skill Forward programs are state-of-the-art and provide many benefits to the people we serve. I look forward to the work ahead and truly appreciate the continued support and resources provided by Generation USA in this innovative space. Many students will benefit from this training and it will strengthen their technical skills, which will prepare them to advance their careers. »

“Our goal is to help improve the lives of underrepresented communities in New York City, and we know we can’t do it alone,” said Richard Clemmons, COO of Generation USA. “That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with these three campuses within the CUNY system through the Verizon Skill Forward initiative.”

For more information about the program or to apply, potential participants and interested employers can visit the information site here.

About the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development

With over 300 courses offered in a traditional classroom style, online, or via on-site corporate training, the Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Borough of Manhattan Community College is committed to supporting students in pursuit of their professional and academic goals. For many students, the journey begins with taking an English skills course, earning a high school equivalency diploma, and strengthening their reading, writing, and math skills to prepare for college success. They also earn national certifications to enter the burgeoning fields of IT or Allied Health. In close consultation with New York City employers, Center staff and faculty work to ensure there is an enhanced pool of qualified applicants. Whether students are seeking an associate’s degree or gaining professional development that enhances career opportunities, the staff and instructors at BMCC’s Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development are here to accommodate. , support and inspire. Visit https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/ce/.

About LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, educates thousands of New Yorkers each year through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our Dare To Do More guiding principle reflects our belief in the transformative power of education, not just for individuals, but for our community and our country, creating pathways to success and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all American students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former Mayor of New York City beloved for his advocacy of the underserved. Since opening our doors in 1971, our programs have steadily become national models for pushing the boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to an affordable, high-quality college education.

About Kingsborough Community College

Founded in 1963, Kingsborough Community College is the only community college in Brooklyn and is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, Kingsborough remains firmly committed to its mission to provide both liberal arts and professional education, to promote student learning and development, and to strengthen and serve its diverse community. Kingsborough offers a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to top colleges or to enter the workforce. Serving approximately 10,000 full and part-time students each year and an additional 10,000 students in its expanding continuing education program, Kingsborough has been recognized as a Leader College of Distinction for excellence in student success by Achieving the Dream, and has been identified as one of the best Community Colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program seven times in a row.

About KCC’s Workforce Development, Strategic Partnerships and Office of Continuing Education Division

Kingsborough Community College’s Workforce Development, Strategic Partnerships and Office of Continuing Education Division has a long history of successfully delivering workforce training programs. Its wide range of programs promote learning, enrichment and career and professional development. It has provided thousands of people with job training, college preparation and personal development, with a focus on careers in health, technology, business and development. trade.

About the generation

Generation is a non-profit organization that transforms education into employment systems to prepare, place and support people in life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. The global pandemic has led to an unprecedented rise in unemployment. Even before the pandemic, more than 75 million young adults were out of work globally and three times as many were underemployed – and 375 million workers of all ages needed to learn new skills by 2030. At the same time, some jobs remain in high demand and 40% of employers say a skills shortage leaves them with vacancies at the entry level. To date, more than 38,000 people have graduated from Generation programs, preparing them for rewarding careers in 14 countries. Generation works with over 3,900 employer partners and numerous implementing partners and funders. To learn more, visit usa.generation.org.

About Citizen Verizon

Citizen Verizon is the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social progress. Citizen Verizon enables Verizon to fulfill its mission to move the world forward through action by expanding digital access and resources, protecting the climate, and ensuring people have the skills needed for the jobs of the future. Through Citizen Verizon and the key pillars of digital inclusion, climate protection and human prosperity, the company’s responsible business goals are to provide 10 million young people with digital skills training by 2030 , supporting 1 million small businesses with resources to help them thrive in the digital economy. by 2030, achieve net zero emissions in its operations by 2035, and prepare 500,000 people for the jobs of the future by 2030. Learn more at CitizenVerizon.com.

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