Accounts from the Field

Each program at CEWD has a team of staff, counselors and administrators who are passionate about the work we do. Oftentimes this work has us drawing from personal experiences to connect with participants in sometimes unexpected ways. At a recent meeting, one staff member recounted an in-class experience that highlighted how important our individuality is to the programs we run:

“It is almost hard to believe that once in my life I did not speak English, I remember being 6 years old and arriving at the Big Apple. In listening to strangers speak the English language; I began to form my own language thinking that I too would create a language such as English. Recently, I had the pleasure of teaching a professional development course and found myself in the shoes of one of my students. It was evident that language creates a barrier. I was 6 years old, so my imagination was undoubtedly active. For adults, though, it seems different as we have developed far beyond our concrete years and concern ourselves with people watching us, listening to us and judging us, further making us self-conscious and embarrassed because our accent. Luckily for my student, there was someone else in the room who could empathize with her and fully understand the ramifications of language, or the lack of, and how it ultimately impacts our self-esteem. By the end of the class and with a little self-disclosure on my part, my student confessed that her negative aggression and tough demeanor were all byproducts of, “feeling misunderstood and a lack of understanding.” It was not that my student is a “mean person,” rather a person aware of where she is and frustrated by not being where she wants to be linguistically. I was stopped in the hall by my student; it was evident the new sense of confidence, if I could capture those shiny eyes I would and share them with the world. My student proceeded to tell me, “thank you for encouraging me and caring enough.” I was thrilled and highly inspired to do it again!”

  

NYC Tech Ecosystem

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Curious about the tech industry in New York City? The Association for a Better New York (ABNY), Citi, Google and NYTechMeetup (NYTM) joined with HR&A Advisors to analyze the what makes up New York City’s tech ecosystem and how this ecosystem interacts with the city.

According to the report, this tech ecosystem is comprised of tech workers in tech industries (think programmers at Google), non-tech workers in tech industries (think customer service reps at Google) and tech workers in non-tech industries (think web developers at Bank of America).

A few snapshots from the report:

  • The tech ecosystem is made up of over 290,000 jobs, or 7% of NYC’s working population.
  • $125 billion in spending is generated by NYC tech.
  • Employment has grown by 18% within the ecosystem, compared to 12% overall economy growth in New York and 4% nationally.
  • Almost 50% of jobs don’t require a Bachelor’s Degree and these jobs tend to pay 45% more than jobs with the same educational requirements in other industries.

This is a very interesting read; I highly suggest taking a look.

 

  

Common Core and the TASC

You’ve probably heard mention of Common Core lately. It’s the new standard of learning for K-12 education in the US, which sets academic standards in math and literacy, and has just been accepted by New York. From the Common Core website: “The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live.”

The TASC®, the new alternative to the GED® in New York, has begun a gradual alignment with Common Core Standards with full integration by 2016. But what does that mean for adults who left school before Common Core was introduced? At Kingsborough’s Project Rise, administrators and instructors have been attending training through the Young Adult Initiative and the Youth Development Institute specifically geared toward Common Core implementation as it pertains to TASC®, acquiring any and all material they can to help students prepare. From preparation resources to practice tests, Project Rise participants of all ages will be prepared for the new test. As for TASC®, they have posted a small resource guide for learners who want to know more.

If you are interested in learning more about Kingsborough’s Project Rise, visit us on the blog, or contact us at 718.368.6600 or ProjectRise@kbcc.cuny.edu.

  

Yardsharing

MyCityGardenHave you heard of My City Gardens? This yardsharing site (think freeshare, couchsurfing and car sharing groups) that connects landowners who don’t have the time or energy to roll up their sleeves and get dirty, with neighbors who are eager to get into gardens and grow things. Participants share land and skill, but also the fruits (sometimes actual fruits!) of their labor. My City Gardens is a Boston-based venture, but I feel like it’s only time until we see something similar in New York.

Looking at the map, some of the requests are really wonderful:

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Wines From Brooklyn?!

Have you heard about Rooftop Reds? They’re taking urban agriculture to such a wonderful niche! Check out an interview they just did with Gothamist.com, talking about things that come with rooftop farming in NYC including the process of securing permits, licensing for running a rooftop vineyard, and working with the climate of NYC to grow grapes. As for me? I’m super excited to try my first bit of true, Brooklyn wine.

  

Eat Real Food

Eating real food sounds simple enough, right? Mark Bittman with the New York Times pulled me in with his cleverly titled “Butter is Back” op-ed. Following a recent study that questions the link between saturated fat and heart disease, Bittman targets ultra-processed foods, hitting on the use of unhealthy unsaturated fats, antibiotic-laden processed foods and environmentally unsustainable farming practices. Basically, we’re losing our connection to food:

“Many things have gone awry with the way we produce food. And it isn’t just the existence of junk food but the transformation of ingredients we could once take for granted or thought of as “healthy.””

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tomatillos, KCC Urban Farm, Brooklyn, NY

While we don’t have animals (this article focuses on the consumption of meat), the KCC Urban Farm uses hands-on, experiential learning to teach students about local and global food systems and to re-engage students with healthy, environmentally conscious eating. We hope to soon have an online resource for environmentally sustainable, healthy eating, so stay tuned! In the meantime, please feel free to email (KCCurbanfarm@kbcc.cuny.edu) or call us (718.368.6578) to get more information.

 

  

Additional NRC Culinary Arts Information Sessions

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Culinary Arts training, Brooklyn, NY

We’ve added additional information sessions to the upcoming NRC Culinary Arts Training Program:

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 9:00a-1:00p
  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 9:00a-1:00p

If you’re interested in signing up for either of these information sessions, please call us at 718.368.4637 or fill out our online survey and an NRC representative will tell you everything you need to know.

  

April Job Fairs/Events in NYC

It’s almost April! Can you believe it? Here’s April’s update of job/career-related events happening around the city. Don’t forget to check out some of our older posts to get tips on compiling your resume, building your professional social media presence, and preparing for career fairs and interviews.

Upcoming Fairs/Workshops/Events*:

Resources:

*Check with sponsors/locations to verify event details. 

**This is not the most comprehensive list. If you are sponsoring an event and would like it mentioned on our site, please leave a comment and we’ll make sure it is listed in upcoming posts. 

  

Community Health Workers

Community Health Worker jobs are growing in number, complexity and importance…

At 22,053,900 projected workers in 2020, the healthcare industry makes up the largest segment of the United States’ economy. Not just doctors and nurses, the healthcare industry also broadly encompasses the nonclinical, community and social service, and support positions that comprise 42% of the healthcare workforce.

The community health worker has taken on new importance as hospitals look to extend themselves and bring healthcare services to patients where they live. Among the occupations with the largest percentage increases across the country, office workers such as medical office specialists, office supervisors, and medical records technicians have seen their positions adapt and grow. And, a new position, often referred to as patient navigator or patient representative, has been created to facilitate smooth coordination of health services for patients.

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