Earlier this fall, NRC Culinary Arts students participated in two Work Based Learning Opportunities that introduced them to both the catering/events management and business end of working in NYC’s culinary industry.
On Thursday, November 20th the NRC Culinary Arts Cohort # 4 students had the opportunity to participate in a Work Based Learning Opportunity, where they were provided a business operations tour by the owner of Black Shack, Mr. Jeff. Students learned about the intricacies of running a business and the importance of having a great sense of money management. “What was wonderful about this opportunity, was the students obtained real life experience; the information was not derived from a text book; rather, a visual experience that will surely stick with them,” said, an NRC staff member. Besides obtaining this real life experience, students were treated to one of the best burgers in town; student’s were astonished by the quality and the personal service provided by Black Shack, which will probably be one of the best memorable experiences in the program.
The Chef’s for Impact event was held, also on Thursday, November 20th, 2014, where the best chefs in New York gathered in an effort to raise funds to deliver e-Learning to rural Africa. Continue reading →
With 2015 right around the corner, don’t you think it’s time to start following your dreams? We try to keep readers on top of information relevant to upcoming job events. Check our tips on writing and editing your resume, building your professional social media presence, preparing for career fairs and interviews, and discovering relevant job-focused websites. Write your resume, polish your cover letter and start talking to people at these local events:
December 9, 2014, 3:00-6:00p—Local Union Job Fair @ the Hollywood Episcopal Church 715 W 179th St, NYC
December 9, 2014 10:00a-3:00p—Diversity Job Fair @ The New York Midtown Hilton Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas NYC
If you’re reading this right now, there’s a good chance your sitting in our session: “Workforce Development Supported By Strategic IT Investments” (December 4th at 2:15pm if you’re not with us) Our panelists, including Edgar Troudt, Babette Audant, Christoper Pileggi, Gillian Gooding, Min-Kyung Park, Christine Zagari-LoPorto and Jessie Cinelli (Don’t know us? Check us out here), will be discussing how CEWD harnesses smart information technology in the areas of Participant Tracking, Data Quality Assurance, Trends Analysis, Partner Management and Outreach.
Are you curious to learn how we developed and use a participant tracking system for our DOL funded grant programs, CUNY CareerPATH and the Northeast Resiliency Consortium? Have you heard about our award-winning marketing and outreach team? Join us as we talk about utilizing technology to develop and run successful workforce training programs.
If you’re a follower of this blog, you’ve seen post after post we’ve written about the success of Project Rise. We’re obviously proud of what we do. What makes our program so great is the one-on-one attention we’re able to give our participants. This individualized counseling, along with extensive preparation for the GED/TASC and job readiness training has allowed so many participants to reactivate their professional, educational and personal lives.
A. started PR feeling insecure about her academic ability despite having specific career goals. To hide her insecurity, she focused more energy on the people around her and neglected her own academic goals. With the help of Project Rise staff, she began to take Project Rise more seriously 4 months into the program. Since then, she has become incredibly focused in class and has started a coveted internship at a local hospital. What’s more, A. has noticed the shift in her own attitude and has often referred to the “old her” and the “new her” as she speaks with classmates and program staff.
NRC programs seek to build a resilient and educated workforce that is not only able to perform tasks required by their jobs, but also has the skills to react when crises arise. Additionally, NRC-eligible students are qualified to receive enhanced services through the program. These services include:
If you’re interested in getting the training needed to start your career, our CUNY CareerPATH sibling colleges, College of Staten Island (click here for CSI’s online survey), City Tech and Borough of Manhattan Community College are currently recruiting for their programs in Business, Manufacturing and Direct Care Counselor, respectively. If you’re interested in getting more information about these programs, visit our information page fill out our online survey and a CCP representative will get in contact with you about registration.
CCP is a US Department of Labor TAACCCT Round 1 grant program that has been wildly successful since we began running programs in 2011. Our marketing team was recently recognized for a successful marketing campaign that helped bring in under- and un-employed New Yorkers. Earlier this year, CCP was highlighted by Tom Hilliard at the Center for an Urban Future as a program that needs to be “scaled up” and have a “deeper coordination with city workforce, education and youth development agencies” to continue providing these much-needed services. At KCC, our Culinary Arts graduates have been led to greatsuccess even after leaving CCP.
We at KBCC are pioneers in providing students with seamless advancement into our affordable occupational training program, Culinary Arts with Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC), and into college. Students can earn college credits through NRC and are offered assistance with the college application process. This system allows for many “on the fence” or unsure students to get comfortable with transitioning into college.
Kingsborough Community College will be holding a Fall 2014 Job Fair on Thursday, October 23rd from 11am-2pm in room U219/220. This event is open to current Kingsborough students and alumni. If you can’t make this event, check our monthly job fair and career events postings. The October Job Fair listing has many career-related events including workshops and other resources to help job seekers.
I sat down with Natalie, a recent Project Risegraduate, to talk about her experiences with the program.
Me: How did you hear about Project Rise and what made you sign up?
Natalie: My mother. She saw the Project Rise advertisement in the Kingsborough Community College Brochure. My family is run on tough-love so she basically threw the brochure at me and told me I needed to get my G.E.D (I swear she is a very kind and funny woman). But I did like how they offered a paid internship and work readiness. Heaven knows I had no job experience.
Me: You just graduated. Congratulations! What did you like most about the program?
Natalie: Generally I liked the whole package. The fact that I was going to be able to study and take the G.E.D. for free and have a paid internship along with obtaining college credits not to forget we had the chance to work on the Urban Farm, it was great…still is.