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THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE FOR NEW AMERICANS AND THE COOPER UNION ALBERT NERKEN SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING OPEN REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2015 FREE JOB RETRAINING FOR HIGH-SKILLED NEW AMERICANS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH

New York, NY (March 5, 2015) – The New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) and The Cooper Union Albert Nerken School of Engineering opened registration today for free professional courses and job placement assistance for high-skilled New Americans for the Spring 2015 semester. 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.cooper.edu/immigrant-retraining. To schedule an appointment or to determine eligibility, please call 212-353-4349, Monday through Thursday (9:00am to 5:00pm) and Friday (9:00am to 2:00pm).

“These courses are an important vehicle in expanding work opportunities for New Americans who already possess the skills employers of our State need,” said Jorge I. Montalvo, Director of the New York State Office for New Americans. “We encourage eligible New Americans engineers and scientists to enroll for these courses in order to maintain self-reliance and economic independence through productive employment in their chosen field relating to any of the STEM disciplines.”

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.

The Spring 2015 semester will start at the end of March.

List of courses for spring 2015 semester include:

• Analytical Chemistry: Chromatography and Spectroscopy

• Green Building Guidelines & Environmental Safety

• Heating, Ventilation, Air-Condition & Refrigeration

• Building Operation, Maintenance & Safety Regulations

• National Electrical Code (NEC) & its applications

• Bridge, Highway, Tunnels and Buildings: Professional Practice for Cost Estimating

• AISC Structural Steel Design

• ACI Structural Concrete Design

• Introduction to AutoCAD for engineers

• Advanced AutoCAD and Revit

• Linux (UNIX) Administration

• Data Architecture Principles, Data Structure and SQL

• Java Programming

• Microsoft .NET and C#

• Software Quality Assurance – Manual Testing

• Software Quality Assurance – Automated Testing

• Android Software Development

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 4,300 immigrant engineers and has placed more than 2,450 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 program 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 program 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. ONA 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, ONA assists graduates of the program with securing positions in the STEM sectors by linking them to the State’s many job placement services.

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. Learn more about ONA by visiting the ONA website at www.newamericans.ny.gov , liking us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NYSNewAmericans, joining the conversation on Twitter at @NYSNewAmericans (Hashtag: #NYSNewAmericans), and viewing our photos on Instagram (www.instagram.com/NYSNewAmericans) . Information and referrals are also available through the toll- free, multi-lingual New York State New Americans Hotline at: 1-800-566-7636.

 

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Contact:

Laz Benitez/Edison Alban (NYS Office for New Americans) 212-417-5803