CUNY schools, including CSI, will offer 12 new apprenticeship programs this fall

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Starting this fall, City University of New York (CUNY) schools with associate degree programs will offer 12 new credit-bearing apprenticeship programs in high-demand industries.

The expansion, funded by a $2 million investment from New York State, will launch at CUNY’s 10 associate degree colleges: all seven community colleges, Staten Island University, Medgar Evers College, and the CUNY College of Technology. New York City.

Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday announced new funding for the CUNY program, which currently offers associate degree students apprenticeships in software engineering, consulting, finance, risk management, and cybersecurity.

“Apprenticeships are a critical launching pad for impactful, well-paying careers, and we’re proud to build a strong program for CUNY students,” Hochul said. “With this additional investment of $2 million, we can expand learning programs for associate degree programs and open up new opportunities for New Yorkers across the state.”

Students will be placed at companies such as JPMorgan Chase, EY, Citi, American Express, Deloitte, AIG, Mastercard, and Wells Fargo, who are members of the New York Jobs CEO Council. The Jobs Council is a coalition of CEOs from some of the city’s largest employers with a goal of employing 100,000 low-income and diverse New Yorkers, including 25,000 CUNY students and graduates, by the end of the decade.

“These programs are game changers for both students and employers,” said Kiersten Barnet, executive director of the New York Jobs CEO Council. “Students get work-based learning opportunities that double as direct pathways to competitive entry-level roles. Employers gain access to a broader pool of talent that reflects the rich diversity of our city.”

CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez also commented on the expansion of the apprenticeship program.

“Apprenticeships have always been a great way for young people to get into the fields, offering them hands-on work until they are ready to do the job without help. Students need more than ever experience and workplace connections beyond the classroom so they have clear pathways to careers when their education ends,” she said. “I am grateful to Governor Hochul for investing in our students, and we extend our thanks to employers who welcome our students in two-year degree programs to high-demand jobs in their offices as we collaborate to strengthen our workforce.” .

Rodriguez currently serves as co-chair of the City’s Future of Workers Task Force, which Mayor Eric Adams assembled to explore ways to develop the workforce, including expanding apprenticeship opportunities.

Other CUNY initiatives around workforce development include: growing public-private partnerships with a $16 million investment in CUNY’s Inclusive Economy Initiative; train students for financial careers through CUNY Futures in Finance; place students in nonprofit and public sector jobs over the summer through the CUNY Career Launch.


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