Queens Community House and three other community-based organizations have been selected to participate in the NYC Accelerated Workforce Recovery Hub, a new initiative launched LaGuardia and Hostos Community Colleges, in partnership with The New York Community Trust. QCH will help recruit underemployed and unemployed Queens residents whose employment prospects have been negatively impacted by the COVID pandemic.
Participants will receive full- and partial-tuition scholarships for the CUNY colleges’ high-quality professional workforce training in programs such as medical assistant, nursing assistant, electrical, pharmacy technician, patient care tech and IT support. The training will prepare them for well-paying careers in high demand fields that require an industry-recognized certification. They'll also earn college credits that can be applied toward a college degree in the future.
QCH will recruit participants from within its youth workforce programming, its five alternative high schools, and its Adult Education Services/ESOL program. The first cohort of approximately 50 students is expected to begin in March. Each semester, training programs will be reassessed to reflect the needs of the ever-changing labor market.