Dear Friends and Supporters,

For three decades, the Consortium for Worker Education has dedicated itself to the development of New York's workforce. Through partnerships with unions and community organizations, CWE provides education, training, and job placement for tens of thousands of workers every year. Please read on for the latest news from the Consortium for Worker Education.



ParentJobNet Welcomes East Harlem Community to New Headquarters


ParentJobNet, a CWE partner, welcomed the East Harlem community to its new facility at PS 50 this month. After a decade serving Uptown parents from its headquarters on the Upper West Side, ParentJobNet leaders saw a growing need for their services in East Harlem and moved to fill that demand.
ParentJobNet is a one-stop shop for public school parents seeking to gain skills, learn English, or reenter the workforce. Housed in a public school, and providing its classes during the school day, ParentJobNet is engaging parents where they are comfortable and empowering them to provide financial security for their children.
The grand opening event brought together new and old friends – parents who had graduated from ParentJobNet’s diverse range of programs with East Harlem parents who are excited about what the organization has to offer. Foundations and partners were also present.
With the new office, and new full time teachers provided by the Consortium for Worker Education, ParentJobNet is looking forward to expanding it services in East Harlem and launching its new HELP Initiative, which will provide vocational training for living wage jobs.



Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunities for Sandy-Impacted New Yorkers New York City undertakes a monumental rebuilding effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, career opportunities are emerging for residents in impacted neighborhoods.
The NYC Housing Recovery Office and the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) agreed to create a pathway for 100 residents to apply for and enter world-class apprenticeship programs jointly sponsored by union affiliates of the BCTC. These opportunities are accessed through direct-entry programs and lead to meaningful careers where workers earn high wages, benefits, and retirement security. As Gary LaBarbara, President of the BCTC states, “These opportunities enable residents of Sandy-affected areas of the city to not only rebuild their neighborhoods but to go on to lifelong careers in the building trades.”
The four participating direct entry programs are the Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills (Construction Skills), Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), Building Works, and Helmets to Hardhats (H2H). Construction Skills, NEW, and Building Works are all Jobs to Build On partners.
Impacted residents are recruited through local Workforce1 centers in Sandy-affected areas. Each program has 25 slots to fill. The Construction Skills program, for which CWE has provided pre-apprenticeship training instruction since 2001, completed its initial five week program in August. The program exceeded expectations, entering 27 Sandy-impacted residents into various apprenticeship programs.
The overall success of this initiative has allowed Mr. LaBarbara, who also serves as President of Construction Skills, to negotiate an additional round of pre-apprenticeship openings with the City. Nicole Bertran, Executive Vice-President of Construction Skills states, “Construction Skills is proud of its nationally acclaimed training model that provides training and direct entry access to residents of New York City. We are excited to partner with the City to expand our services to adult residents of Sandy-affected communities.”
Further information on program start dates will appear in future newsletters.



Participant Profile: Duane Reina


Duane Reina’s family lost a lot in Hurricane Sandy. The storm surge flooded his grandmother’s basement and destroyed his personal documents, photographs, and clothes.
Like many New Yorkers impacted by Sandy, Duane was already facing a lack of economic opportunities. He had worked for a non-union sanitation company and at several retailers, but was longing for a job with good pay, benefits, and an opportunity to grow.
He found just what he was looking for in The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills (Construction Skills), through its pre-apprenticeship training and direct entry access to unionized apprenticeship opportunities.  
“This program gave me a career. The benefits are great, the pay is great, and it made me a better person.”
Construction Skills prepared Duane for a unionized building trades apprenticeship, through math classes, other classroom instruction, and hands-on training that included basic building projects such as hanging sheetrock and taking precise measurements.
Construction Skills counseled Duane to select a career he would enjoy. Duane is now an apprentice with Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Trades Local 8.
“I get to work with my hands. I love it,” Duane says.
Construction Skills enabled Duane to access a middle-class career in the unionized building and construction trades, but that’s not all. Duane also has a new confidence in what he is capable of. “If I had never got into Construction Skills, I never would have considered furthering my education. Next I want to go back to school for my BA.”