New York City

‘Scholars at Work’ Graduate Job-Ready

June 27, 2013 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Robert W. Walsh, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), joined graduating seniors from thirteen city high schools and New York City College of Technology (City Tech) to congratulate them on successfully completing the unique Scholars at Work program.

Scholars at Work helps graduating students from select city career and technical education high schools and City Tech find careers after graduation in the transportation and manufacturing sectors.

In total, the program placed over 100 students from City Tech and participating high schools into internships. Graduation was held at Steiner Studios, located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

“The Scholars at Work program has proven to be another highly effective way for the Brooklyn Navy Yard to support our growing tenant base and broader community employment needs,” said Andrew H. Kimball, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

“The Scholars at Work program helps strengthen the City’s workforce, and provides graduating students with valuable work experience and job skills that enable them to achieve gainful employment and discover future employment opportunities,” said Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services.

“It is our goal that every New York City student graduates high school ready for success in college and a career,” said Department of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. “Scholars at Work connects students from high-quality transportation and manufacturing CTE programs with leading employers in the field, which provides an invaluable work experience and a much deeper understanding of what it takes to advance their personal career path.”

As part of the program, students completed a 14-week paid internship during the spring 2013 academic semester with over 40 New York City employers in the transportation and manufacturing industries.  

Manufacturing interns gained paid work experience with businesses focusing on architecture, plumbing, welding, carpentry, electrical, wholesale distribution, wholesale trade and more. Transportation interns were placed with employers engaged in high-level automotive, aviation, electrical, engineering, ground transit and maritime work.  

Participating employers included 15 businesses from the Brooklyn Navy Yard that hired interns for positions in production, fabrication, inventory management, design and various tech-related roles.

The Scholars at Work program has grown significantly since it first began in 2010 serving 17 students.  The program is funded by the Center for Economic Opportunity and the Young Men’s Initiative.

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