“I’m thrilled to be chairing the NYC Employment and Training Coalition, and to be doing so in partnership with Kelly Richardson of Per Scholas,” said Julie L. Shapiro, Executive Director of The Door and NYCETC Board Co-Chair. “Because of my long association with NYCETC, I have a deep appreciation for the critical role it plays in promoting the best policies and programs that connect the city’s jobseekers with sustainable, living wage jobs. The Coalition is at a compelling moment in its history under the new leadership of its supremely talented Executive Director Joey Ortiz. I am so excited to work with Joey and Kelly and the rest of the board and staff to make positive change in New York’s workforce development system. In embracing the co-chair roles, Kelly and I are also hoping to highlight the power of partnership in the field, as The Door/ Per Scholas partnership is a wonderful example of the type of success that is possible when each organization brings its expertise and creativity to bear on finding solutions to expand opportunity.”
“It is a deep honor to serve as Co-Chair of the NYC Employment and Training Coalition. The Coalition is the leading voice for an inclusive and equitable workforce in the city, and its work is incredibly important during this time of industry transformation for New York,” said Kelly Richardson, Per Scholas Managing Director, Newark & New York, and NYCETC Board Co-Chair. “I am fortunate to have learned so much from the Coalition’s leadership in the past decade, and look forward to supporting Joey Ortiz and the Coalition team as they drive change in our city. I am also proud to serve alongside Julie Shapiro, whose leadership is responsible for an organizational partnership between Per Scholas and The Door that has significantly expanded access to technology careers for hundreds of young adults. The City of New York must invest more in partnerships that provide equitable access for New Yorkers to growth-sector careers.
“NYCETC is a vital force for New Yorkers and the organizations that support their career success”, said Phil Weinberg, President and CEO of STRIVE. “As my term as NYCETC Board Chair concludes, I’m so proud of this Coalition’s achievements, and with such outstanding new leadership in place, I’ve never been more optimistic about what the Coalition will accomplish for New Yorkers in the years ahead.”
“Barclays is proud to congratulate Kelly Richardson and Julie Shapiro on their roles as Co-Chairs of the New York City Employment Training Coalition,” said Mark Thain, Director of Social Innovation at Barclays. “Our partnership with Per Scholas, beginning in 2012, is driven by a critical business need to develop diverse and qualified talent for our New York City regional operations. We recognize that talent pipelines and equitable career opportunities do not happen without the collaboration of both employers, providers and the city, and we are thrilled to have Per Scholas and The Door in leadership roles at the NYC Employment and Training Coalition.”
Together, Per Scholas and The Door jointly operate a training program called TechBridge for young adults aged 18-24. TechBridge is a five-week course designed to provide participants with professional skills, networking opportunities, and technical abilities that lay the foundation for new avenues to long-term career success. The program is offered at no cost to accepted students, and participants have the opportunity to enroll directly in Per Scholas’ 15-week IT training course upon successfully completing its requirements. This strong partnership precedent underscores the organizations’ commitment to building pathways toward economic security and career advancement for New Yorkers of all educational and economic backgrounds. Further, it reflects the Coalition’s core mission of advancing an interconnected and effective workforce development system of service providers and employer partners that is responsive to the rapidly changing needs of the local economy, businesses and residents.
The NYC Employment and Training Coalition supports the workforce and economic development community to ensure that every New Yorker has access to the skills, training and education needed to thrive in the local economy, and that every business is able to maintain a highly skilled workforce. Founded in 1997 as the membership organization for New York City workforce development service providers, NYCETC has played a vital role in the workforce community by advancing policy priorities and convening the sector to build capacity by sharing information and best practices.
Visit www.nycetc.org to learn more about NYCETC.
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