College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment (COPE)

The College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment (COPE)program is a collaboration between The City University of New York (CUNY) and The City of New York Human Resources Administration (HRA) that provides information and support for CUNY students who receive public assistance.  COPE offers a variety of services that help recipients of Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance meet both college and public assistance work requirements so that they can graduate and obtain employment that will lead to long-term economic self-sufficiency.  COPE services are available to CUNY students regardless of their other program affiliations.

COPE support services include: assistance with course registration and scheduling; academic, personal and admissions counseling; access to tutoring and technology; informational mailings and seminars; assistance with accessing childcare and carfare supplements; help with preparing for HRA appointments, and completing school related HRA forms; and a menu of options for meeting public assistance work obligations, including work study, internships, on-campus WEP, and job placement.

Job placement assistance is available for CUNY undergraduates and recent graduates who receive either public assistance or supplemental nutrition assistance (SNAP).  Services include: referrals to full-time or part-timejob openings in a wide variety of fields; assistance withresume writing and interview preparation; individual and group counseling; workshops and seminars; post- employment follow-up for at least 90 days.  Students who qualify may receive free Metro cards to support employment activities.  In addition, students served by COPE have exclusive access to Edith’s Place, which provides free, brand new, quality men’s and women’s clothing and accessories for job interviews and work.

To find out more or to request services, visit our office located in room A-334 or contact the following staff:

Maria Cano, DIrector
Lourdes Gomera - 718-518-4339
Jennifer Lopez - 718-518-4337
Arileida Marte - 718-518-4361