On October 6th, we officially opened up our Workforce Hub in Elmhurst!
You can watch the video of our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony below, and you can read our special newsletter dedicated to all of The Hub’s offerings here. Below are our program offerings, for more information, please call us at (718) 268-5057.
Job Placement Assistance
Do you need assistance in finding a job or advancing your career? Are you looking to enter or reenter the workforce? We can help! We offer free job placement assistance to participants in search of employment or who are interested in making a career move.
Participants will learn marketable skills that create long-term careers and can choose amongst the following services:
- Job placement assistance
- Work readiness skills training
- Career counseling
- Networking skills training
- Job Clubs
- Digital Literacy Classes
Individuals may also be eligible for free vocational training in computer based coding and the allied health field.
The Commonpoint Queens Adult Workforce Services program works with local employers and staffing agencies to advertise their open job opportunities and refer candidates to them. Click here to see what opportunities are currently available.
Vocational Training Freelance Training
New this year, we are now offering a training that will provide you with the entrepreneurship skills training needed to become an independent freelance worker. Independent work offers people the opportunity to earn supplemental income, practice newly developed professional skills, build work experience, and design a flexible work schedule that meets their needs. Students learn how to find freelance work through online platforms, create a great online work profile, market themselves and develop a personal branding utilizing social media, provide great customer service, create contracts, manage their finances and taxes, and much more. For more information Please contact Brynn McCormick, Assistant Vice President of Adult Employment, at [email protected]
Our vocational training programs are offered to eligible adults and out of school youth. Our training programs assist each participant in developing the skills needed to make them marketable in a competitive job field. All program participants will have the opportunity to become certified in any of the following occupational trainings: Medical Billing, Dialysis Tech, EKG, Phlebotomy, Home Health Aide, Nurses Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Comp TIA (IT training), Web Coding Certifications, and Solar Panel Technician.
Upon completion of vocational training participants are also eligible for paid internships and are supported in pursuing their higher education goals. For more information about the our vocational trainings programs, please contact Erica Eisele, Program Director of Out of School Youth at [email protected]
H.S.E. Classes (High School Equivalency)
Free HSE (formerly GED) classes are now being offered at Commonpoint Queens’ Central Queens for those seeking a second chance to move beyond high school and earn a high school equivalency diploma. With small class sizes and a great deal of personalized attention, enrolled students will feel confident when it comes time to take the exam. Detailed information about the five major exam subjects (reading, writing, science, social studies and math) will be reviewed throughout the course, and homework assignments reinforce material learned in class. Classes feature rolling admission, so for more information at any time contact Evelyn Herrera, Senior Director of Opportunity Youth, at [email protected]
Pre-HSE (formerly pre-GED) classes are now being offered at Commonpoint Queens’ Central Queens for those who are looking to earn a high school equivalency diploma, but are in need of additional supportive service before entering HSE classes. Participants in these classes will also have the opportunity to gain work readiness skills, receive college counseling, and are eligible for a paid internship. Participants receive strong supportive services through case management, as well as individual and group counseling. For more information about the Pre-HSE program please contact Evelyn Herrera, Senior Director of Opportunity Youth, at [email protected]
Work Supports Programs
Our Work Supports Programs provide free, comprehensive enrollment assistance and referrals for a variety of services and needs, including:
- SNAP (food stamps): enrollment, recertification, and mediation
- Food Pantry: Commonpoint Queens provides a client-choice pantry to the community
- Medicaid and other health insurance program: enrollment assistance
- Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP): referrals for enrollment
- Legal counseling referrals
- Financial Counseling Clients with other needs are encouraged to contact us for assistance; we are happy to identify other resources based on the needs of our community.
For more information about the Work Supports Programs, please contact Susan Meza, Coordinator, Work Supports Programs at (718) 268-5011 ext 118, [email protected].
No one should ever go hungry. We can help. The Commonpoint Queens Digital Food Pantry, which has locations in Little Neck and Forest Hills, offers kosher fresh produce and non-perishable goods for the greater Queens community. After an intake, clients are registered into a digital database, allowing them to log on to the system from home or from one of our in-house kiosks, and order their personalized monthly food selections which will then be prepared and ready to be picked up within minutes.
Client intakes and orders are processed Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Scheduled distribution dates are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. For upcoming distribution dates and to become a client of our food pantry, please contact Jhadran Rojas at (718) 268-5011 ext 433, [email protected]
ESOL Classes — English for Speakers of Other Languages
Community ESOL classes emphasize learning conversational and basic grammar skills, as well as vocational English. For more information about enrolling into the ESOL program please contact Susan Meza, Coordinator, Work Supports Programs at (718) 268-5011 ext 118, [email protected].
Digital Literacy Classes
The goal of our Digital Literacy classes is to teach basic computer concepts and skills so that people can use computer technology in everyday life, and thereby develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities. Participants will have an opportunity to improve their skills in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to edit or draft professional documents. They will practice using social media, such as LinkedIn or Facebook, to network and develop a professional brand. Digital Literacy classes run Monday-Thursday 9:00 am to 11:00 am. For more information about the Digital Literacy Classes, please contact Brynn McCormick at [email protected]
Advance and Earn
Our Workforce Department is thrilled to be working with DYCD Workforce Connect and the DYCD Youth Employment Programs to present Advance & Earn, a unique new program for young people between the ages of 16-24 who are not currently working or attending school and live in any of the 5 boroughs of New York City.
LOCATIONS: Central Queens (Forest Hills) – Currently
Upward NY – Workforce HUB (Elmhurst) – Spring 2020
Young Adults (Ages 16-24)
Our Advance & Earn Program will provide you with:
- Pre-HSE – Literacy and math skills instruction
- HSE Test Preparation (GED)
- College access and application process
- Credentials, and Certifications
- SafeServ – Food Handling – Culinary Arts
- MOS – Microsoft Office Specialist
- Medical Training
- EKG / Phlebotomy
- CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant
- Career counseling and job placement
- Paid Internships
- Metrocards and more.
Get paid through exciting internships with high-growth industries in NYC!
Eligibility requirements include:
- Young people between the ages of 16 and 24 years old
- Residents of one of the five boroughs of New York City
- Currently not working or in school
- Willing to commit six months to the program
- Legally authorized to work in New York City
To participate in this program, please fill out the form below and we will contact you. For more information, contact Evelyn Herrera at [email protected]