The Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Programs (CEWP) sits at the intersection of CUNY colleges, business and industry, and government agencies. CEWP develops programs and policies that promote city-wide workforce development solutions. The office supports the development of occupational training and educational paths that are informed by labor market and outcomes data. Our programs are designed to meet industry needs and improve economic opportunities for all New Yorkers.

Office of Workforce Partnerships

Serves as a key agent of industry engagement for the University. The Office of Workforce Partnerships acts as a key two-way throughput for industry and CUNY colleges. Currently focusing on expanding industry connections to CUNY’s tech programs.


Ongoing internship program that matches CUNY students to IT internships at city agencies and public schools. Places CUNY students in part-time positions at NYC 311 call centers
Currently developing and managing private-sector internships for New York City’s burgeoning tech sector; internship opportunities can be found at

SBS Trainings

Funded by the New York City Department of Small Business Services, this series of occupational health care trainings is expanding to other areas such as welding. Trainings include home health aide, NCLEX, and medical assistant, among others.

Continuing Education

The CEWP office serves as a central point of contact for CUNY’s network of continuing education departments, convening a council of continuing education deans and directors and offering professional development to continuing education staff. For more information about CUNY continuing education programs, please visit

CUNY Next Steps

With support from the NYC Department of Correction and in partnership with LaGuardia Community College, Hostos Community College, STRIVE International, and the New York Public Library, the CUNY Next Steps Program provides facility-based services to detainees on Rikers Island.

Sustaining Veterans’ Success

Through a new partnership with the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), the CUNY Central Office Continuing Education and Workforce Programs Unit helps develop and manage a supportive housing program for veterans formerly residing in the NYC shelter system.

Workforce Development Initiative

Each year, CUNY receives funding from New York State for the Workforce Development Initiative (WDI). These funds, which the Office of Academic Affairs awards to CUNY colleges through a competitive process, allow the University to support New York City’s workforce through innovative workforce training and education programs. WDI funds also allow the University to strengthen its relationships with employers and unions. More information can be found at