For Immediate Release:
Workforce Development Partnership for Coney Island between Alliance for Coney Island & Kingsborough Community College!
Both entities aim to increase awareness about educational resources and job opportunities for local residents
Coney Island, October 19th, 2017 –
The Alliance for Coney Island and Kingsborough Community College are excited to announce a partnership that will bring more opportunities to Coney Island residents.
Beginning October 25th, A Kingsborough Community College job developer will be available in the Alliance’s office from 9:30am -2:30pm every Wednesday to offer one-on-one career advisement by appointment or walk-in as available. The goal of the partnership is to bring awareness of Kingsborough’s training and educational resources as well as assist in developing the skill sets of job seekers to connect them to employment opportunities in Coney Island and beyond. As Coney Island has an unemployment rate of over 12%, both organizations identified a major need for this resource.
“As an organization that is focused on economic development and opportunity, we are very excited about this partnership with Kingsborough Community College. We hold job recruitment events annually for the opportunities in Coney Island and see this addition to our work and initiatives as a critical step to preparing individuals for opportunities both locally and in New York City. We welcome both Coney Island residents and other residents in Brooklyn to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Alexandra Silversmith, Executive Director of the Alliance for Coney Island.
“I am delighted that Kingsborough Community College is forming this much needed partnership with the Alliance for Coney Island to better serve the needs of the residents and businesses in Coney Island,” said Peter Cohen, Interim President of Kingsborough Community College.
“As Brooklyn’s only community college—and one of the top community colleges in the nation—it is incumbent upon Kingsborough to be a valuable resource to the community of its close neighbors in Coney Island. We are thankful to the leadership of the Alliance for Coney Island for working closely with Kingsborough to better serve the educational and workforce training needs of the community and the expanding businesses there,” said Dr. Reza Fakhari, Vice President for Continuing Education, Workforce Development and Strategic Community Partnerships at Kingsborough.
“I am excited to see the Alliance for Coney Island and Kingsborough Community College partner for the benefit of our community. One-on-one guidance and advisement will be an invaluable resource for local residents. Helping community members become better prepared for and connecting them to available job opportunities is a win for Coney Island.” – Council Member Mark Treyger (47th District)
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Alliance for Coney Island
The not-for-profit Alliance for Coney Island, Inc. is a private-public partnership dedicated to continuing the year-round revitalization of Coney Island. The Alliance represents local businesses, nonprofits, and the community, with support from the New York City Council, the Brooklyn Borough President and New York City Economic Development Corporation. More info at www.AllianceforConeyIsland.org.