For immediate release: January 30, 2018
Kingsborough’s Contact: Patricia D’Agosta email@example.com 718.368.5050
National Grid Contact: Wendy Ladd Wendy.Ladd@nationalgrid.com 516.5317
The program – Natural Gas Technician Certificate – is the first of its kind in the energy industry, and was created by National Grid to address advances in the energy industry and a projected increase in retirement-eligible workers at National Grid locations and across the energy industry. It is a 12-week program which introduces individuals to the gas industry and exposes them to the job tasks, work methods and safety practices utilized by various workforce positions in gas construction, maintenance and customer service. Successful completion of this Certificate guarantees an employment interview with National Grid. The training will take place at the National Grid Springfield Learning Center in Queens, NY and starts in February 2018. All applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a High School diploma or GED/TASC, possess a valid driver’s license, and pass an aptitude test and physical assessment.
Project Rise at KCC is approaching the end of our initial 4 year grant period. During that time over 180 disconnected young adults have come through our doors to receive preparation for the GED/TASC exam, important work readiness skills development, and extensive individualized support services. Our efforts have had a huge effect with over 50 participants receiving their high school equivalency and over 50 gaining long-term employment. Even more significant, so many of our students have gained confidence in themselves and their work to overcome obstacles that kept them from succeeding earlier in life.
As we move forward, KCC’s Project Rise received a challenge grant from the Center for Economic Opportunity/Social Innovation Fund to provide an additional year of funding for our program. Late last week we received a commitment from the Pinkerton Foundation for $100,000 and $2,500 from the Signature Bank Foundation towards reaching the challenge. These awards will allow us to continue providing our much-needed services to disconnected young adults who are eager to take control of their educational, professional and personal lives.
KCC’s Project Rise on WBAI 99.5FM, tomorrow December 10th!
CEWD sees so many amazing and ambitious students! Desi, a current NRC CHW student also hosts a show on WBAI 99.5FM: Women in the Making: Tomorrow’s History Today, which “highlights the views, perspectives, questions, goals and accomplishments of today’s girl.” Desi has taken a special interest in KCC’s Project Rise and has interviewed the program’s associate director, Dina LiMandri and two Project Rise students. The segment will air tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10th at 2pm. Tune in to find out how the lives of these young women have changed, in part, thanks to the work of Project Rise and Kingsborough Community College.
In August, a number of NRC Culinary Arts students were given the opportunity to work a refreshments table at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. This prohibition-era, historical gathering brought attendees back to a time when gramophones were king, cars were beautiful and dance was an art.
Seven NRC students from Culinary Arts Cohorts 2 and 3 worked with Michelle’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Pickles, Ukulele Luau, Arenella’s Raw Bar and many others, preparing and serving food to event-goers. This paid work opportunity provided our students with valuable catering experience that many had never been introduced to before.
If you’re interested in opportunities like this, come to CEWD’s Fall Open House to hear all about NRC and our other workforce training programs.