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, support curriculum development, economic or labor market research, equipment, internships and scholarships, efforts that build partnerships with employers and unions, and innovative programs that integrate adult literacy with training. Several workforce development projects that have received seed funding from WDI have become established programs. Priority for funding is given to projects that leverage funding from other sources, have the direct involvement of employer partners, and create and sustain career pathways.
Spotlight on 2015 WDI Awardees
The Health Care Genesis project at College of Staten Island includes the creation of a health care simulation lab with the necessary equipment, as well as in-house curriculum development crafted by industry sector experts for specific healthcare programs. Building this infrastructure, including creating the curricula and acquiring the necessary equipment, will allow CSI to better prepare students for robust employment opportunities in the fastest growing labor market sector on Staten Island.
Project Summary: This innovative program will integrate exam preparation leading to a High School Equivalency diploma with training in web design, accelerated computer programming instruction, industry-recognized certification, industry internships, and career and college advisement in order to create a pipeline through which women and minorities in central Brooklyn will be able to secure foundational educational credentials, marketable web design experience, nationally recognized certification, and industry-based internships, which will provide hands-on work experience and job referral opportunities in New York City’s technology sector.
The NEDP is a performance- and competency-based assessment program run by Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) that awards a high school diploma to youth and adults upon demonstration of computation, reading, writing, problem solving and “speaking” competencies in real-life task simulations. All competencies must be demonstrated with 100% mastery. Student portfolios will be evaluated by an assessor at LaGuardia and administrators from Long Beach High School, and, if judged satisfactory, successful candidates will be awarded a high school diploma from Long Beach High School.