Dear Friends and Supporters,

For nearly ten years, the New York City Council has funded the Consortium for Worker Education's Jobs to Build On (JtBO) and Worker Service Center (WSC) programs. This funding empowers more than 40 community-based organizations to provide workforce training and placement programs for unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers. Through these programs, CWE has placed 15,000 New Yorkers in new careers. Please read on for the latest news from the Consortium for Worker Education.



15,000 Jobs – A Milestone For All of Us


Today, CWE announced its 15,000th job placement in the Jobs to Build On program. Over the last decade, this program has helped unemployed New Yorkers get jobs and build careers. The most recent reporting found that JtBO participants got jobs paying $12.87 per hour, on average.
Today’s milestone shows that the City Council’s commitment to JtBO and workforce development has had a real impact on New York’s working families.



Help Wanted: New Job Program Comes to Queens Libraries neighborhoods with high unemployment have new hope, thanks to job training and placement programs coming to their local library. The new program is a partnership between Queens Library and the Consortium for Worker Education.
“Whether you recently lost a job or are entering the workforce for the first time, this program is for you,” said Debbie Buxton, Deputy Executive Director for Workforce Training at Consortium for Worker Education. “Workers are used to one-size-fits-all job services that don’t meet their specific needs. This program is different because we will provide each individual with the services they need to get ready to work, to build specific skills, and then help place them in a career-track job.”
The program is available at the Central Branch in Jamaica, as well as the Astoria, Long Island City, and Laurelton community libraries. The new services will also be provided at the Ridgewood Community Library when it reopens following renovation. Hundreds are expected to participate in the first year of the program.
The new program builds on existing job assistance services at Queens Library, by enhancing workshop offerings and adding job placement services. At each of the five library branches, residents will have access to workshops facilitated by employment counselors and job readiness services. Initial training will include computer skills, resume writing, and job interview practice.  Each library will be paired with a community organization from CWE’s Jobs to Build On network, to assist with specific vocational training and job placement.
The new library programs are funded by the New York City Council, which has made job training and placement a priority through funding for the Jobs to Build On program.
Interested residents can visit the participating branches for more information or go to



CWE Training Site Debuts Downtown New York workers have a   new home, in Lower Manhattan.

The Consortium for Worker Education unveiled its new facilities at a reception on May 27th, with elected officials and leaders from many of the city’s community organizations.
At the new facilities, 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.
“These are the sophisticated facilities that workers deserve,” said George Miranda, Chairman of the CWE Board of Directors. The 26,000 square feet of classrooms are open day and night to accommodate the schedules of working families.
Union members will not be the only ones benefiting from these new, worker-focused training spaces. CWE has partnered with 40 community-based organizations through programs like Jobs to Build On and Worker Service Centers to provide job readiness classes, vocational training, and job placement services to thousands of New Yorkers.
City Council Members Daneek Miller, Costa Constantinides, and Ben Kallos all attended the reception spoke about the new facilities as the latest chapter in a long history of workforce development at CWE. Deborah King, Executive Director of the 1199 SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund, and David Garza, Executive Director of the Henry Street Settlement, also spoke at the event.
As workplaces change, it is easy for employees to fall behind. The new Consortium for Worker Education facilities on Maiden Lane will help unions and community organizations keep workers at the forefront of their fields.