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Teaching Hard Skills

The Borough of Manhattan Community College's Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development combines classes, workshops, and training to help clients sharpen the hard skills necessary to get a good job. The program steers its students towards growing industries that are in need of new workers, such as security, retail, food preparation, and maintenance.

The program doesn't offer a degree, but it teaches the basic skills that can be a first step towards building a career. As Director Linda Roma told NEW YORK VOICES, program graduates might start as home health aids earning $8 an hour. But they're also encouraged to think about the next step, which is to "start thinking as a nurse, because a nurse on an evening shift at a hospital, starting salary could be 50, 60, or 70,000 dollars."

Visit BMCC's website for more information about its Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development.
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