The Hostos Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) has been awarded a $100,000 grant for the Unemployed Worker Training Program through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process created by Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC). This grant will be overseen and supported by the New York State Department of Labor, a financial contributor to the CFA process.

The REDC and CFA process, launched by Governor Cuomo in 2011, was created with the purpose of providing regions in New York State with the tools to create and implement their own roadmap for economic prosperity and job creation.

With this award, CEWD will provide unemployed workers in New York City, primarily in the Bronx, with access to Allied Health certificate trainings.  CEWD will train 86 unemployed workers as certified nursing assistants (CNAs), phlebotomy technicians, electrocardiogram (EKG) technicians, patient care technicians, or Medical Records and Health Information Technicians.  Participants will be placed in internships to help them gain exposure to the industry in their field.  In addition, CEWD will assist participants with finding employment.

“We are honored that the Regional Economic Development Council and the New York State Department of Labor recognize the work Hostos is doing to advance local economic growth here in the Bronx. This grant award will allow us to help unemployed workers in our community achieve socioeconomic mobility.  It is our goal to provide participants with access to cutting edge skills for in-demand occupations that help support professional and local economic growth,” said Dr. Carlos Molina, vice president of the Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development at Hostos Community College.

“We are grateful that the Regional Economic Development Council and the New York State Department of Labor are investing in trainings that support our community—the Bronx.  CEWD is a longstanding provider of trainings that help community residents become viable members of the workforce.  Our trainings will help participants earn income that will be spent locally thus supporting the revitalization of the Bronx,” said Ms. Dana Lennon, program director of the Allied Health Career Pipeline Program at Hostos Community College.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Recently named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.