CAMBA's Workforce Development program recognized for its work in immigrant engineer re-training
(Left to right) Katya Zaitseva (CAMBA), Siri Comeau McDonald (Cooper Union),
Valerie Barton-Richardson (CAMBA) and Fred Fontain (Cooper Union)
CAMBA's Economic Development program was recognized with a prestigious workforce development award last month in the New York City Employment and Training Coalition 's 2017 Opportunity Awards .
Colleagues in the Cooper Union Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers at CAMBA (RPIE) were thrilled to go home that night with the Serving Special Populations Award , which recognized their combined efforts to bring middle-income jobs to highly skilled new immigrant New Yorkers who have professional backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) but lack the certifications or employment connection services needed to secure a job in that field. As a result, many struggle to adjust to the American job market, and contend with long-term unemployment or working low-paid, survival jobs.
Established in 1991, the Cooper Union program has connected over 3,000 immigrant professionals to technical careers. Cooper Union partnered with CAMBA in 2016 to reach a broader population, and manage all student services. According to Katya Zaitseva, Program Manager in Workforce Development, CAMBA brought its expertise in soft skill training, in-depth knowledge of the labor market and close connections with employers and industry partners. As a result, the program helped graduates see an average household income increase of over $28,000.
But the best reward of all, Katya says, comes from seeing skilled immigrants land jobs in fields that match their skills and training and provide a living wage for them and their families. "The gist is that you help the individual achieve their professional goals. But these are also STEM professionals whose technical expertise contributes to the growth of New York City as a whole. For example, this year several of our participants got jobs with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). I strongly believe that hiring these global engineering minds may be just the thing the MTA needs to get us all to work on time!”

We salute Katya, Cooper Union and the entire Workforce Development team for their success!
Please join CAMBA for a free performance of Hercules in East New York from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 2702 Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn , which will feature a dramatic reading by acclaimed actors Frankie Faison (The Wire), Glenn Davis (24) and Chinasa Ogbuagu (Law & Order). The performance will be followed by community panelist remarks and an audience discussion about the repercussions of gun violence on the neighborhood. Tonight's event is a collaboration with CAMBA's Pink Houses Cornerstone Community Center, which is funded by New York City's Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

Theater of War Productions’ interactive presentation of Hercules in East New York begins with a dramatic reading from a contemporary translation of the classical Greek play by Euripides, The Madness of Hercules , followed by a community conversation about the negative social consequences of violence. This work ties in closely with CAMBA’s violence interruption program,   Brownsville In Violence Out (BIVO) , which has been using innovative methods to reduce violence in Brooklyn, through a partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Cure Violence. BIVO uses social media and partnerships across the community to treat violence as a public health issue. To reserve seats for tonight’s performance, please visit 
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