October Job Fairs

It’s time for October job fairs and career-related events.

Upcoming Fairs/Workshops/Events*:

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NRC at Local Job Fair

On Sept 19th, NRC Program Coordinator, Fiormelissa Johnson,  had the opportunity to attend NYS Senator Joe Addabbo’s Job Fair at the Rockway/Arverne YMCA. Ms. Johnson stated, “There must have been over 400 people in attendance and thankfully it was very well attended by vendors as well.” In an effort to boost employment and provide additional resources to the Far Rockaway community, Senator’s Addabbo’s office contacted numerous companies and not-for-profits; many of which were hiring or, like the Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC), providing low cost training and employment readiness services to needed communities in New York City. Some of the companies that were in attendance were: Delta, NYC Police Department, Sears, AARP, Kingsborough Community College (NRC program), Avon and many more. “Overall, the Job Fair was a success, as you looked around the enormous gym, where the event was held, you can see nothing but smiling potential employees.”

Once a month we post information about upcoming job fairs and other career-focused events happening in and around New York City. Check out our “job fair” tag to see what’s happening next.


Urban Farming in Brooklyn

It’s Friday and it’s beautiful out! A perfect time to share photos of KCC Urban Farm. A recap for new visitors: KCC Urban Farm is the first urban farm on a CUNY college campus. We work with faculty members, students, and community members to develop programming around urban farming. We seek to prepare students for green careers, use fresh fruits and vegetables to encourage an understanding of local and global food systems, and educate students on the benefits of leading healthy lifestyles.

Urban farming in Brooklyn is getting a whole lot smarter!



Community Health Worker Program at NRC

NRC (Northeast Resiliency Consortium) partners are running programs throughout the northeast (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts). Check out this story about Community Health Worker (CHW) classes at Housatonic Community College in CT.

The Community Health Worker program at Kingsborough’s NRC prepares students for educational pathways at other CUNY schools and for careers as case managers, community counselors and patient advocates, just to name a few. We will be holding information sessions for our CHW program later this fall, so fill out this quick survey to reserve your spot.

community health worker with NRC



Project Rise Information Session

ProjectRiseLogoProject Rise will be having an Information Session on Tuesday, September 23rd for our upcoming October cohort. If you’re interested in signing up for this info session, fill out our quick online survey and a Project Rise representative will be in contact with you to discuss eligibility and sign you up.

Project Rise is CEWD’s GED/TASC preparation program that provides educational and employment opportunities for young adults (aged 18-24) who have not been enrolled in school and employed in the previous 6 months. Read more about KCC’s Project Rise by visiting our previous blog posts.

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Project Rise Success

In their most recent newsletter, NYC’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) released a statement about Project Rise and the recent success these programs have had increasing high school equivalency attainment rates, internship participation, employment rates and college enrollment:

“During the first three quarters of 2014, providers saw each of these outcomes rise. For example, 43% of participants in the most recently completed class earned their HSE—an all-time high for Project Rise providers—and 35% of participants completed their internship, a substantial increase from the previous class. The sites achieved these goals by relentlessly focusing on outcomes, shifting strategies based on participant needs, and by learning from each other.”

If you want to see how successful we’ve been with helping students reach their academic and employment goals, check out our most recent statistics. I’d say KCC’s Project Rise is doing a pretty amazing job!

Project Rise September 2014 infographic


KCC Urban Farm Produce Distributions

Now that school is back in session, it’s a good time to remind everyone about the KCC Urban Farm/Single Stop produce distributions.

We will continue to distribute free farm-fresh produce to KCC students with valid ID (this event is only open to students with a valid KCC ID) every Thursday until the end of the season. In addition to produce, this event will also host cooking demonstrations that showcase some of what is being given out. Check our events page to see where these distributions will happen.

Note: this distribution is open to KCC students, only. If you’re not currently a student, sign up for one of our Continuing Education classes that are held year round.

Here’s a snapshot of past distributions:


Green Thumb Harvest Fair

This Saturday, September 13th, Green Thumb will be hosting a harvest fair to honor NYC’s urban gardeners. Visit our Events page to get specific information about this event.  

They are also looking for volunteers to help with:

  • Setting up tables, chairs, signage, tents, etc.
  • Directing traffic and conducting outreach by providing people with maps or giving them directions as well as handing out flyers and letting the general public know about the event.
  • Customer service and communication through answering questions and/or finding the right person to assist.
  • Workshop support by assisting with educational programs and activities.
  • Breaking down tables, chairs, signage, tents, clean up, etc.

If you’re interested in signing up to be a volunteer, visit NYC Service’s website.


NRC Culinary Arts

NRC Culinary Arts classes started last week and students are already in the kitchen. Chef Riley leads a class in weights and measurements:

Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC) programming trains workers who play critical roles during times of crisis. If you’re interested in getting more information about NRC’s Culinary Arts program, call us today at 718.368.4637. Your future awaits!


Job Focused Websites

It’s been a while since we’ve posted information about applying for jobs. Since you’re probably reading this post on a computer, we’ll give you a small sampling of some great job focused websites that will make your next move so much smoother.

If you haven’t signed up for the Daily Muse, I highly suggest getting on their mailing list. Instead of simply posting stagnant job information, their articles directly target job searchers with information about trending businesses, advice about moving ahead in current positions, guidance about constructing a resume that will stand out to potential employers, the roles of social media in job searching and networking, and hot-topic articles that are relevant to all workers.

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