Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Free Career Training in New York City

Money is scares these days. There are tons of americans looking for alterative ways to increase income into their now empty pockets. 
So here are some FREE job training programs/centers that may help benefit you.

148-50 Huron Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
An employment referral service. Bring ID, Social Security card and resume job referral. Also offers tenant-landlord housing advice. FREE.

443 39th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Provides employment counseling, job skills training, ESOL classes and financial counseling for Sunset Park residents. Ages 21 and older. FREE

Brooklyn Adult Learing Center
475 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Provides job training in electronics, clerical work, computers, medical billing and coding, nursing, equipment repair and more.

1534 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
718.804.8809 or 718.804.8805

Offers counseling, tutoring and job placement. To qualify for FREE two- or four year tuition, you must be the parent or guardian of a minor child, pregnant, or paying child support, and your income must be less than 200 percent of the poverty level. Must be referred by the housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA).

Placement services for temporary , part time and full time position with educational and skill building resources. Resume review required. by appoinment only. FREE

This center is one of 10 in the state that is funded by the government in order to provide tuition-free job training to underprivileged New Yorkers. Training that is provided includes Occupational/Technical Prep, College Prep/GED and Basic Education. The center was established in 1985 and is located in Bathgate Industrial Park.
1666 Bathgate, between 172nd and 173rd Streets


The Consortium for Worker Education is a non-profit group providing over 60,000 New Yorkers with free education and job training programs to further their possible career opportunities. The Consortium offers a variety of NYC job training programs, from Basic Education, Computer Literacy, and Building Trades to English as a Second Language. The group also runs a full training center in Long Island City, Queens that offers Culinary and Artisan baking classes.

275 Seventh Ave., 18th Floor, Manhattan

Started 1936, this foundation trains young adults for career preparation (Men and Women ages 17-20; Young Fathers ages 22-30). Offering free job training in New York City, career counseling, job placement and work retention services. Passionate staff that cares about students in the long term and help with career advancement programs. Located in the heart of the financial district.

52 Broadway, 6th Floor, Manhattan

What you learn: Gain skills in electrical work through a combination of classroom training and hands-on practice. Graduates receive a basic tool kit, including gloves and goggles, an OSHA health and safety certificate, job leads, continued free access to NEW’s computer facilities and a social worker. Grads earn between $10 to $17 per hour their first year, but can reach $45 per hour after completing an apprenticeship.

Length of class: Five days a week for six weeks, or six weeks during the evenings and on Saturdays. Courses begin every four to six weeks.

Requirements: You must have a high-school diploma or GED and be over 18 and suited to physically demanding work, including heavy lifting. Bring pencils and notepads to class, and wear work boots and comfortable jeans. Call to make an appointment to attend a three-hour information session. Complete the application paperwork and, if you’re found to be eligible, attend an interview with a NEW recruiter.

The YWCA gives women the opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and confidence to enter or reenter the workforce and support themselves and their families.

Computer Classes & Women's Empowerment Network
500 W. 56th St., (212) 937-8700. Take the A, C, B, D or 1 to Columbus Circle.
What you learn: The computer classes offer a basic understanding of Microsoft Office. The Women’s Empowerment Network provides information on topics from job-seeking techniques to business writing. You’ll leave with an up-to-date résumé and job-interview advice. Those who’ve taken courses can also attend the monthly networking club. Starting wages for graduates can reach $10 an hour and up.

Length of class: Coed computer courses run each Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for eight weeks. The Women’s Empowerment Network runs three days per week for six weeks, with new courses beginning on April 27 and June 5. Classes are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Requirements: You must be a high-school graduate and have a Social Security card, photo ID and basic résumé. Bring a pen, notepad and photo ID to class. Simply walk in and fill out an intake form, or call for an appointment. You may have to wait up to eight weeks for a place in a course.

BWI helps jobless and working-poor New Yorkers establish careers with good wages and opportunities for advancement. Job placement continues for two years.

Brooklyn Woods
168 Seventh St., Brooklyn, (718) 389-3636. Take the F to Fourth Ave. or the R to Ninth St.
What you learn: How to become a woodworker. This class teaches you to use and care for hand tools, power tools and state-of-the-art woodworking machinery. You will learn wood technology, finishing techniques, cabinet installation, mechanical drawing and job-searching skills. The average starting wage for 2007 grads was $11.45 an hour.

Length of class: Eight weeks, Mon.-Fri., 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m.

Requirements: Must live in New York City and be legally eligible to work in the U.S. Must be 20 years or older and pass eighth grade-level reading and math tests (how to read a ruler, and use fractions and measurements). Must be physically fit and able to lift 70 pounds. Must be unemployed, have a low income or receive public assistance (this program invites those with past criminal convictions to apply) and attend an orientation, which is held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Brooklyn Woods, 168 Seventh St.

Brooklyn Networks
186 Jay St., Brooklyn, (718) 237-2017, ext. 149. Take the A to High St., the R to Court St., or the 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Borough Hall.

What you learn: How to become a cable technician who installs lines that connect computers, telephones, security systems, A/V equipment and broadcast cables. The average starting wage for 2007 grads was $12.31 an hour.

Length of class: Five weeks, Mon.-Fri., 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m.

Requirements: Must live in New York City and be legally eligible to work in the U.S. Must be 21 years or older and have a clean, valid N.Y. state driver’s license. Must pass a drug test and be able to lift 70 pounds. Must also be able to pass a reading and math test at/or above the eighth-grade level. Must be unemployed, have a low income or receive public assistance. (This program invites those with criminal convictions to apply.) First attend the orientation, which is held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Brooklyn Workforce Innovations main office at 621 Degraw St.

Red Hook on the Road

621 Degraw St., Brooklyn, (718) 237-4846. Take the M or R to Union St.
What you learn: How to become a commercial driver. The class prepares you to take the NYS CDL road test to become a licensed driver of commercial vehicles, including buses, paratransit coaches, ambulettes and trucks. The average starting wage for 2007 grads was $14.36 an hour.

Length of class: Four weeks, Mon.-Fri., 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m.

Requirements: Must live in New York City and be legally eligible to work in the U.S. Must be 21 years or older and have had a clean N.Y. state driver’s license for at least two years with no more than two points or one suspension or one conviction showing on the driver record. No combination of the above is allowed. Driver’s record must be less than 30 days old. Must also be unemployed, have a low income or receive public assistance (this program invites those with past criminal convictions to apply).

This skill center serves a dual purpose: increasing employment opportunities for job seekers in the expanding health-care industry, and also meeting a rising demand for home-based care for the city’s elderly and disabled.

Class: Home Health Aide Training
349 E. 149th St. (10th floor), the Bronx, (718) 928-2080. Take the 2 or 5 train to 149th and Third Ave.

What you learn: Plenty of hands-on skills, from collecting vital information (taking someone’s temperature, blood pressure and checking his or her pulse) to how to bathe someone, or transfer them from a bed to the toilet, plus feeding and companionship. CHCA guarantees trainees will be employed (with benefits), since they don’t train more people than they can use. Starting wages average $8.80 to $12.50 an hour.

This division of South Bronx Career Development Services places people in jobs they’ll enjoy and starts them on a career path. Previous students received jobs in customer service, retail, professional driving and in the restaurant business.
Job Readiness Class
647 E. 180th St., the Bronx, (718) 732-7628. Take the D to 182nd-183rd St. and Grand Concourse. Walk down to 180th St., turn left and continue for 15 min.

What you learn: From finessing your interview to the basics of following through on every job application, this course sets a strong foundation for those looking to enter the workforce. Students assemble a portfolio, practice their interviewing skills, receive help searching for jobs and gain basic customer service skills.

Length of class: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., conducted in two-week blocks, with the next starting on April 20.

Requirements: Although SoBro says they won’t turn anyone away, their services are primarily for low-income individuals. Program requirements vary depending on the job description. Someone who wants to be a professional driver must have a valid driver’s license; those who wish to work in retail need to be proficient in English. Bring pencil and paper to class.

This nonprofit not only employs laid-off and low-income city residents in fields like customer service, security and bank teller training, it provides free tax preparation, immigration services, utility bill reduction and more. There’s also a free career-services lab with Internet access, printers and scanners, fax machines and one-onone résumé tweaking and job application counseling.

Security Officer Training
2211 Church Ave., Room 202, Brooklyn, (718) 287-2600. Take the B or Q train to Church Ave.

What you learn: Graduates leave the class with a certificate from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services and a practical knowledge of keeping the peace and taking control in an emergency situation.

Length of class: The compact, week-long course is divided into an eight-hour preassignment course one day; a 16-hour on-the-job training workshop, split over two days; and a final eight-hour session in the field with a final exam. Classes meet Mon., Tue., Thu. and Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Requirements: Must live in Brooklyn and be legally eligible to work in the U.S. There is a waiting list for security training, but you can walk in any day and receive career counseling and résumé help.

Part of the Department of Small Business Services, Workforce1 has seven locations across the boroughs with a range of free employment and training services. In 2008, Workforce1 placed more than 17,000 New Yorkers in jobs.

Career Strategies Workshop
 168-25 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor, Queens, (718) 557-6755. Take the F to 169th St. or the E to Jamaica Center.

What you learn: Students assess their interests, skills and values in order to set career goals. They learn about their transferable skills and network with classmates.

Length of class: An hour and a half, and classes repeat a few times a week. See workforce1 for schedules.

Requirements: Anyone can sign up for workshops and individualized career counseling at a Workforce1 location after attending an hour-long orientation. Orientations are listed on the Web site.

Interviewing Skills Workshop
168-25 Jamaica Ave., 2nd floor, Queens, (718) 557-6755. Take the F to 169th St. or the E to Jamaica Center.
What you learn: The second part of the Employment Essentials program masters the interview process. Students prepare for and perform mock interviews with résumés in hand; they are dressed conservatively in business attire, ready to make eye contact and shake hands firmly.

Length of class: An hour and a half, and classes repeat a few times a week. See for schedules.

Requirements: Anyone can sign up for workshops and individualized career counseling at a Workforce1 location after attending an hour-long orientation. Orientations are listed on the Web site.

KINGBOROUGH: Community College
Project Welcome
Program Description: Project Welcome is an exciting new employment driven training initiative being offered at Kingsborough Community College’s Center for Economic and Workforce Development.  Students will receive hands-on training and certification in food service, hotel-related jobs and meeting and event planning.  The 12 to15 week program includes certification test fees, books and supplies, internship opportunities and assistance with job placement. Individual schedules may vary based on daytime vs. evening trainings, and internship schedules. 

Coursework:  Training is conducted in Brooklyn at Kingsborough Community College (KCC) and in the Bronx at CUNY on the Concourse, a consortium made up of Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College and Lehman College. Trainings have been offered in Downtown Brooklyn, Upper Manhattan and Williamsburg.  Additional trainings are planned for locations in Coney Island, Harlem and Queens. Courses are taught by KCC Department of Tourism & Hospitality faculty.

Each training program consists of:

1.Content Module                                                                       72 hours
2.Virtual Enterprise Cyber Training Hotel                                     36 hours
3. Workplace Readiness Certification module                              18 hours
4. Customer Service Certification module                                    18 hours
5. Lectures by industry representatives and visits to work sites       9 hours

6. Workshops (e.g. resume writing; job interviews; applying          9 hours
    for college)      
7. Internship + 6 hours internship/job placement counseling        126 hours 
TOTAL                                                                                   288 hours

******Please call Project Welcome (718-368-5568)
and leave a message with your name and phone number
and the name of the training you are
planning to apply for. Thank you. *****
Work Reward:                                                                    
If you work the equivalent of an  average of 30 hours per week for six weeks or more over two months, you can earn the $300 Work Reward which is the equivalent to adding $1.67 to your hourly wage. 

Tax rewards. When you earn income and pay taxes, you can take advantage of government programs that help you later in life and in emergencies. The government sets aside money from your paychecks for programs such as social security and unemployment, so when you retire or become unemployed, you will have a steady source of income. Plus, filing taxes makes you eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a yearly refund that can be worth up to $6,500. You can find more information about the EITC in the links below. Follow this link:
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Education and Training Rewards:
Earn big from Opportunity NYC. Now is the perfect time to further your education. The education and training Reward from Opportunity NYC is a great bonus after completing a course. You can earn as much as $600 per course, up to $3,000 during the program.  Follow this link:

Come to Grace today.
Grace Institute
1233 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(P) (212) 832-7605
(F) (212) 486-2869

Get the job skills you need to change your life.
Grace Institute will give you:
  • Tuition-free, practical job training program for women
  • Valuable, up-to-date office, computer, and business skills
  • Career advice and placement assistance to help you land a good job with benefits
Grace Institute supports you every step of the way as you develop the business and personal skills to be self-sufficient and to improve your life. Discover you can achieve more than you ever thought possible.
Grace Institute graduates receive comprehensive job placement assistance and are hired by top businesses in New York City, including:

Cahill, Gordon & Reindel LLP • Ogilvy • Forbes • TD Bank • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center • New York Life Insurance Company • New York University School of Medicine • The Harlem School of the Arts • Fordham University • Victory Schools

If you would like to read more information on previous postings of courses and programs held here in NYC, check out;, "The work of finding employment can begin with NYC's free programs" Posted April 15, 2009.



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