On December 1, Mayor Bloomberg announced the expansion of free job placement services through New York City’s Workforce1 Career Centers. These centers are located throughout the five boroughs to help New York City residents find and prepare for employment.
Community Board 7 is interested in job training for people from the community to enter into the workforce. “There is a high unemployment rate in the district and this is a serious concern for us. We hope to promote the Lehman College continuing education program, so people will take advantage of this opportunity,” said Fernando Tirado, district manager for CB 7. As of the 2000 census, the unemployment rate in 10458, which includes Bedford Park and North Fordham and in 10468, which includes Kingsbridge Heights and University Heights is 17.7% and 16.8% respectively.
In an effort to provide better service to businesses and their employees, Workforce1 Career Centers provide an array of services. These include, job placement services, job search resource rooms, personalized career counseling, advice on how to interview for a job, assistance creating resumes and cover letter, career workshops, GED, ESL classes and voucher for job training.
Lehman College is part of the training programming for the Workforce1 Centers. The continuing education program opened in the fall of 2005 providing a variety of training for different job areas. Those areas include Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks, Computer Support Specialists, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Graphic Artists and Web Designers, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors, Dental Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians, Physician Office Medical Administrators, Ophthalmic Technicians, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Medical Assistants (EKG, Phlebotomy, CPR), Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Medical Record Technician, Medical Record Coders, Medical Record Biller and Child Care workers.