Monday, March 18, 2013

2013-03-13 News & Events from JFNYC

News & Events from JobsFirstNYC
March 13, 2013  

Please Join us for these Upcoming JobsFirstNYC Events

Job Developers' Networking Breakfast 
March 26th, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
at Sheraton Brooklyn, 228 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

JobsFirstNYC and Workforce Professionals Training Institute are co-hosting a networking breakfast specifically for people working in a direct service capacity and whose primary job is to work with employers and job seekers. For this event, front line staff will be joined by several NYC employers, who will share their experiences working with workforce organizations, and tips for effectively engaging employers to enhance and improve your job placement strategy.

JFNYC & WPTI are pleased to offer this opportunity to the field at no-cost, but we do require all attendees to register in advance of the event. Please click here to register.

If you have registration questions, please contact Saki Mori at WPTI at 646-278-5685 or at


JFNYC Employer Engagement Work Group
April 10th, 3-5 p.m.
Hosted by Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) - 275 7th Avenue
(at 25th Street), 18th Floor

This work group serves as a safe, neutral space where practitioners focused on the workforce and education needs of young adults can convene, share best practices, learn about trends in the field, and collaborate.

This first meeting of 2013 will include:
  • an overview of JFNYC's reports and its work moving forward in 2013
  • research report on the National Work Readiness Credential
  • the development of a research report on online applications.  
  • we will also solicit consensus from those in attendance regarding pressing issues in the field related to employment and older youth.   
This group meets quarterly and all are welcome to attend. To RSVP, please contact Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham at or at 646-738-5677.


CBO Network Meeting - Save the Date!
Tuesday, April 16th, 9-11:30 a.m. at Macaulay Honors College
Registration will open next week. Stay tuned!

Update on the New York State High School Equivalency Diploma Assessment

Last week, New York State Education Department Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced that the Department intends to execute a contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill to develop a new New York State High School Equivalency Diploma assessment to replace the General Educational Development (GED) test.

This alternative examination--the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)--will save the state money while at the same time continuing to serve the young adult and adult test-takers seeking to earn their high school equivalency diploma. The new assessment will be operational on January 2, 2014.

Read NYSED's full press release for more details.

To gain a fuller understanding of the important implications of this announcement, see CLASP's article "New York's Move to Abandon the GED® is a Game Changer".
As a reminder, if you are currently working with a 17-24 year old New York City resident who has taken the GED® test before and is close to passing, act now to get them back on track to earn their high school equivalency diploma before the new assessment comes on line in 2014. Visit the GED® Compass site or call 718-557-2525 for all the information and resources needed to help a young person re-connect and earn their HSE diploma this year.  

GED 2013 Campaign to Finish  

Click here to download and listen to the official PSA (MP3 format) for the GED® Campaign to Finish.   

The Campaign to Finish was launched in February by the Fund for Public Advocacy in partnership with a coalition of CBO's and City agencies.  

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