First City-Run Career Center for Immigrants Opens

Workforce1 Career Center ribbon-cutting ceremony with, from left to right, Council member Ydanis Rodríguez, Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks, Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, Robin Hood Foundation President Reynold Levy

Workforce1 Career Center ribbon-cutting ceremony with, from left to right, Council member Ydanis Rodríguez, Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks, Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, and Robin Hood Foundation President Reynold Levy.

The Workforce1 Career Center, the first center run by the city to help immigrants find employment, opened recently in Washington Heights and will provide training and resources in areas like health care, transportation and technology, reports Gregg McQueen for Manhattan Times.

The center is a public-private partnership between the Department of Small Business Services, the Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services (HRA/DSS) and the Robin Hood Foundation.

The Washington Heights Workforce1 Career Center offers customized workshops for foreign-born job candidates, pre-training programs featuring English as a Second Language (ESL) support, and advanced occupational training programs in the technology, healthcare and transportation fields.

“In addition to interview skills and resume writing, we offer specialized workshops like understanding the American workplace, conflict resolution and conducting a successful job search,” said Site Director Ulysses Grasso.

“People who are intermediate in English can now apply for pre-training as a medical assistant, pre-training for a CDL license driving trucks,” he added. “We’re excited about that because it means better wages, better jobs.”

Client Yvonne Arevalo explains how the center has helped her move up in the health care field. Hear from her and others at the Sept. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony in the full story at Manhattan Times.

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