CWE Opens New Educational Site from all over New York City are flocking to the Consortium for Worker Education’s new training facilities in Lower Manhattan to advance in their careers and gain new certifications.
“We are conveniently located,” says Health Care Initiatives Program Manager Sonia Torruella. “But we are also mobile, providing training in the field to meet the needs of workers.”
At the new facilities, which opened in March, CWE partners with labor unions to develop classes for those looking to succeed in today’s economy. SEIU 1199 members come for preparatory classes for new certification exams, including surgical technology courses in the simulated operating rooms. In sleek computer labs, Office and Professional Employees International Union members are learning basic and advanced computer skills. Union members who have been displaced from their jobs, including those from recently closed hospitals, come to CWE to build their resumes and learn interviewing skills to reenter the job market.
As workplaces change, it is easy for employees to fall behind. This partnership between CWE and the city’s labor unions ensures that New York’s workers are staying at the forefront of their fields.


Partner Profile:   Make the Road New York the Road New York is an organization known for building power for immigrants in New York.
That organizing philosophy extends to Make the Road’s Worker Service Center programs. In its Community Health Worker training program, participants are learning more than just the skills for a career in healthcare, they are learning how to address the root cause of healthcare problems.
New Yorkers come from all over the city to participate in the training, which has graduated dozens of community health workers over the past three years. Community health workers combine education, patient advocacy, and counseling to give higher risk patients the complete support they need to stay healthy.
The twelve-week training and 100-hour internship give students the skills to tackle the wide range of jobs that community health workers can have. And at the end of the internship, Make the Road helps place students into great careers.





Participant Profile:   Rosa Cecilia Argudo Vasconez New Yorkers can relate to Rosa Vasconez. An immigrant and a mother, Rosa struggled to find a good job and could not afford to pay for new training.  That changed when she found Make the Road New York’s Community Health Worker training program.
Rosa was drawn to working as a community health worker because it meant she could help other immigrants like herself. She remembers a time when she too had trouble communicating with her children’s doctors and understanding how to stay healthy.
Rosa’s community health worker training lasted 12 intensive weeks, where she learned how to guide patients through difficult medical situations. Make the Road also helped Rosa write a resume and cover letter, and practiced job interviews. 
She interned at Woodhull Medical Center, educating Spanish-speaking patients and their families about how to manage asthma. She would even follow up with families after they left the hospital to encourage healthy habits. She did so well that Woodhull hired her on, permanently.
While she loves the impact that she is having in her community, the experience has been just as beneficial for Rosa personally.  She has a good job to provide for her family, and a renewed confidence in herself.
Rosa says that where you come from cannot be a barrier to what you can accomplish. “I want my daughters to see me as an example that there are no limitations.”