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For Immediate Release:
January 15, 2014
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THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE FOR NEW AMERICANS, THE COOPER UNION, AND THE BNAI ZION FOUNDATION
OPEN REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2014 FREE JOB RETRAINING FOR HIGH-SKILLED NEW AMERICANS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH

New York, NY (January 15, 2014) – The New York State Office for New Americans (ONA), The Cooper Union and  Bnai Zion Foundation opened registration today for free professional courses and job placement assistance for high-skilled New Americans.   This innovative public-private partnership with the Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers is part of ONA’s focus on developing and leveraging the professional skills of New Americans.

All participants must be permanent residents, have work authorization, have completed courses of study in their home country, and be seeking retraining in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  To get more information and check for available courses, please visit http://www.bnaizion.org/retraining.php. To schedule an appointment or to determine eligibility, please call 212.725.1211, ext. 6245 or 646.485.7982, Monday through Thursday (9:00am to 5:00pm) and Friday (9:00am to 2:00pm).

Some classes, such as Android Software Development and Java Programming, begin in late January, so please contact the program for registration as soon as possible, and the rest will begin in early March. 

“These courses are an important vehicle in expanding work opportunities for New Americans who already possess the skills our employers need,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, who oversees the New York State Office for New Americans for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.  “We encourage eligible New Americans engineers and scientists to enroll this semester to maintain self-reliance and economic independence through productive employment in their chosen field.”

Eligible immigrants are able to enroll in introductory and high-technology courses designed to update participants’ engineering, computer programming, and business skills. Classes are taught by The Cooper Union faculty and experts in the field and program offerings are flexible based on demand in the marketplace and needs of students. Courses this semester include:

Established in 1987, the Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers provides high-skilled New Americans with courses and workshops aimed at equipping them with tools to strengthen their opportunities for meaningful employment. The program is offered free of charge. Since its inception, the program has enrolled over 4,100 immigrant engineers and has placed more than 2,300 in jobs that have improved their professional and economic circumstances.

As part of the partnership and the program, The Cooper Union provides students with instruction and training through its Albert Nerken School of Engineering, one of America’s foremost undergraduate engineering schools, and offers approximately 30 courses per academic year.  The Bnai Zion Foundation provides students with the skills necessary to negotiate their way into the marketplace and provides personalized career counseling and support to immigrant engineers, while they are enrolled in the program and thereafter. The Foundation also coordinates job referrals, contacts companies about the details of job openings, and provides students with resume-writing assistance and one-on-one interview advice. The New York State Office for New Americans provides classroom space, tablet computers, and other equipment so that additional classes are offered in order to ensure greater access for high-skilled New Americans. Further, the New York State Office for New Americans assists graduates of the program with securing positions in the STEM sectors by linking them to the State’s many job placement services.

Launched this past March by Governor Cuomo, ONA is the first statewide office dedicated to assisting our state's immigrants in their efforts to contribute to the economy and become a part of the family of New York.

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