On May 29, Hostos Community College was home to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s first-ever NY Works Career Expo, where job seekers were given access to more than 6,773 available jobs.

The free, day-long event was held in collaboration with the State Department of Labor and Empire State Development and drew hundreds of people.

“The New York Works Career Expo is helping to connect New Yorkers looking for employment with thousands of available positions in a variety of industries,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage all job-seekers to visit this one-of-a-kind event and learn more about the new opportunities that are available to them.”

Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez welcomed the attendees and thanked the Governor’s Office for selecting Hostos as the site for such an important initiative.

“We are thrilled and humbled to host this first-ever event, and to be honest, I cannot think of a more appropriate venue. We commend the Governor for this ‘anti-unemployment’ blitz strategy and for focusing on the Bronx as the place to start. We pledge to be a partner and a resource to Governor Cuomo, his team, our fellow collaborators gathered here today and all others interested in improving the quality of life here in our borough.”

President Matos Rodríguez also thanked JPMorgan Chase, Phipps Neighborhoods, and Montefiore Hospital for their support.

As part of the event, a panel discussion was held with Bronx and New York City business leaders, along with local workforce development experts about the emerging economy in the Bronx. The panel also included Deputy Secretary Alphonso David, Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams, Labor Department Commissioner Peter M. Rivera and local elected officials.

Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. also attended the expo.

“Governor Cuomo continues to show his deep commitment to the future of The Bronx and its 1.4 million residents through this program,” Borough President Díaz said. “Economic development and job creation has been a top priority of my administration since I first took office in 2009, and this program is a great extension of those efforts. Working with Governor Cuomo and the Department of Labor we are connecting Bronx residents with potential employers, and I am grateful that such opportunities are being offered to those who need them right here in The Bronx.”

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.

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY's 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 The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.