For Immediate Release – May 6, 2019
Anthony Thomas,, (212) 647-1900
Alex Moore,, (718) 289-0204

Workforce Education Leader Calls for Funding of Bridge Programs for Job Seekers

NEW YORK, NY – Today, the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) called for city investment in bridge programs, which prepare and train workers for in-demand jobs.

“Additional money for bridge programming means that CWE providers can serve a greater number of New Yorkers who need career-focused education,” said Joe McDermott, Executive Director of CWE. “Some of CWE’s most valuable community-based organizations include bridge programs that prepare job seekers with the education, skills training, or employment services they need to connect with in-demand career tracks. We encourage the mayor and the City Council to fulfill their commitment to investing in bridge programs in this year's budget.”  

CWE joined the Invest in Skills Coalition and supportive City Council Members at a City Hall press conference today in support of the funding.

Bridge programs support workers with limited skills by providing the variety of basic job readiness preparation, more advanced and targeted job skills training, and other support services that allow them to get and keep a good paying job in a growing industry.

In 2014, the de Blasio administration released its Career Pathways report which recommended $60 million in annual funding for bridge programs, but such programs have not been fully funded in subsequent city budgets.

CWE partners with a network of 47 community organizations that provide workforce education programs in New York City neighborhoods. These providers serve thousands of New Yorkers every year and increased funding will expand the number of workers who can participate in these programs.