2006-04-28 / Community

NYCWorks Project In Far Rockaway

The State University of New York (SUNY) Queens Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), located in Jamaica, New York, in collaboration with the Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) was selected among 31 citywide recipients and received a grant award of $630,000 to conduct a NYCWorks project in the districts of Councilman James Sanders and Councilman Thomas White.

NYCWorks, a workforce development and employment placement initiative funded by the New York City Council and administered by United Way of New York City, will be establishing several projects in the Queens area.

The SUNY-Queens EOC is administered by York College and continually funded through the support and efforts of Assemblywoman Vivian Cook.

"We want to provide programs and services that will help people who truly need to prepare and earn a GED diploma, learn English and obtain job skills so they can enter or advance in the workforce," said Khayriyyah H. Ali, Executive Director of the SUNY-Queens EOC.

Workforce development can be defined as programs or activities that offer education and employment and job training efforts targeted to help employers get skilled employees who can succeed and advance in the workplace. NYCWorks will include supports, at no cost, for unemployed/ underemployed adults, formerly incarcerated individuals, and out-of-school youth aged 17-21, including youth aging out of foster care to access training opportunities. An applicant needs to be employable and have a social security card or tax identification number that authorizes he or she can work. There is no household income guideline and one does not have to be a citizen.

The SUNY-Queens EOC/OBCDC collaboration will be conducted in two locations on the Rockaway peninsula and at the center's Archer Avenue Jamaica site. Residents from Far Rockaway, Arverne and Hammels/ Broad Channel will be able to attend programs held at the Edgemere Center and on Central Avenue. Peninsula residents can also attend programs held at the EOC in Jamaica.

Applications can be completed from Tuesday to Thursday, May 2 to May 4, between the hours of 5-7 p.m. at 1526 Central Avenue. Additional dates will be announced.

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