The program of vocational education and lifelong learning at the CUNY university offers courses for: specialists who want to improve their qualifications and obtain current certificates; people seeking retraining; new immigrants willing to confirm their skills for the needs of the American labor market; adults broadening their knowledge of English and math for the equivalent of a high school diploma; many other people.

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) works with community organizations in all five boroughs to provide services and support to New York City immigrants, including career development, parenting skills, computer training and other intergenerational services programs.
To learn more about these services, call (800) 246-4646.

Office of Continuing Education and Adult Education, New York City Department of Education

The Office of Adult and Continuing Education (OACE) offers over 900 classes for adults age 21 and older. You can participate in these activities in any facility – regardless of which district you live in.

We Speak NYC offers free English conversation classes for English language learners. Classes are led by volunteers based on the Emmy Award-winning educational television series entitled We Speak NYC and accompanying educational materials. Educational companies draw on authentic stories from immigrants living and working in New York City and present useful information on government services.

To find out which organizations in your area offer We Speak NYC classes, call the Mayor’s Office of Immigration (MOIA) at (212) 788-7654.

Workforce1 sites

Workforce1 is a service that prepares and connects qualified candidates with job offers in New York. Workforce1 career development centers are located in all five boroughs of New York City. In addition to matching the job offer, Workforce1 also associates qualified people with vocational training and offers workshops and counseling services dedicated to career development.

These services are available to immigrants who have obtained a work permit. Anyone 18 years of age or older may apply to the Workforce1 Career Development Center.

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