2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Workforce Development Division. Beginning with just two programs, we have since provided over 20 training and employment services to over 95,000 clients. This year alone, we will be training more than 200 low wage immigrants for careers in hospitality, construction and luxury retail and providing over 475 adults with English literacy skills. Our services are targeted at immigrants living in poverty and are free to those who qualify.
Your generous donation will ensure that the Workforce Development Division can continue to provide quality training and educational services to communities most at need. Thank you for your support!
I have been with the Workforce Development Division since 2013. As the Literacy Program Coordinator, I work with our ESL students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, overseeing and encouraging them in their studies and connecting them with the greater educational and occupational opportunities available to them once they successfully complete our program. I also work with a great team of program staff and instructors whose hard work, innovative ideas, and collaboration are instrumental to the success of our students.
The best part of my work is seeing our students succeed outside the classroom. It's great to see our students find meaningful work, enter training programs, or go to college after they complete their studies. However, it's equally exciting to see them form new friendships in class and experience parts of the city they've never had access to before. Seeing how our students use the skills learned in class to enrich their lives and their city makes each day new and exciting.
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Thank you for your generosity and support. I hope you can celebrate with us at our 1970s themed Workforce 40 event. Mark your calendars (and begin preparing your 70s outfit!) for Friday, May 29th at Santos Party House! I look forward to seeing you then.