Continuing to expand its proven workforce development program, the nonprofit Year Up New York | New Jersey announced today that it will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hudson County Community College (HCCC) to launch a new Year Up site at the college, with the first class of students starting in January 2020.
The signing will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at HCCC. Dr. Chris Reber, President of HCCC, and John Galante, Executive Director of Year Up New York | New Jersey, will sign the MOU.
“In partnership with Hudson Community College, Year Up will continue its work closing the opportunity divide in Northern New Jersey, providing hundreds of young adults with the opportunity to enter careers in business or technology and work towards their associate’s degrees,” said Galante. “Starting with our first class in January 2020, our goal is to serve 250 young adults at HCCC by 2022.”
“Hudson County Community College is committed to building strong relationships that benefit our students. We are dedicated to educating and empowering our students — and all Hudson County residents and businesses — by providing the education, information, resources, and support that will assist them in achieving long-lasting success,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “This partnership with Year Up New York | New Jersey will provide 40 HCCC students with corporate internships in business administration, cybersecurity, and other related disciplines, and that number is expected to grow over time.”
Year Up is free for participants and includes a weekly financial stipend. Students at the HCCC site will be co-enrolled in Year Up and the college, and will earn college credits throughout the year. They will spend the first semester learning technical and professional skills, followed by a semester-long internship at a company like Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and BNY Mellon.
Currently, Year Up New York | New Jersey provides job training to talented and motivated youth, ages 18-24, without college degrees at campuses in downtown New York (Wall Street) and at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). Last year, a federally-sponsored Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) evaluation of Year Up showed a 53% increase in initial earnings for young adults randomly assigned to Year Up compared with similar young adults in a control group — the largest impacts on earnings reported to date for a workforce program tested in a randomized controlled trial.
Since 2006, Year Up New York | New Jersey has provided more than 3,040 young adults with in-demand skills, creating a pipeline of diverse, motivated talent for more than 50 of the city’s leading businesses in areas such as Accounting, Business Operations, Cyber Security, Investment Operations, IT, Client Services and Anti-Money Laundering/Fraud Compliance. Year Up New York | New Jersey now serves more than 450 young adults each year, with 90 percent of graduates employed or attending college within four months of completing the program, earning average starting salaries of $40,000/year. Learn more about Year Up New York | New Jersey by visiting us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Year Up
Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults ages 18-24 to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 24,000 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,700 young adults in 2019 across 25 U.S. cities including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.
About Hudson County Community College
HCCC serves more than 16,000 full- and part-time students annually. The College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs on campuses in Jersey City and Union City, NJ, at off-campus sites and online. The HCCC Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. Over 94% of HCCC Nursing program graduates passed the NCLEX first time out, placing the program’s graduates in the top tier of two- and four-year nursing programs nationwide. In 2017, the Equality of Opportunity Project ranked HCCC in the top 5% of 2,200 U.S. higher education institutions for social mobility.