Continuing to expand its unparalleled workforce development program, the nonprofit Year Up New York | New Jersey will launch a new site at Hudson County Community College (HCCC), with the first class of students starting in February 2020. This site will be the third for Year Up in the region.
NEW YORK – JANUARY, 23 2020 – Students at the HCCC site will be dually enrolled in Year Up and HCCC, and will earn college credits throughout the year as well as a weekly financial stipend. They will spend the first semester learning in-demand technical and professional skills in finance and information technology, followed by a semester-long internship at one of 50 local corporate partners, such as Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Prudential, Jet.com, Verisk Analytics and BNY Mellon.
“In partnership with Hudson County Community College, Year Up will continue to close 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 John Galante, Year Up New York | New Jersey Executive Director. “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 new partnership with Year Up New York | New Jersey will provide participating HCCC students with corporate internships in business administration, cybersecurity, and other related disciplines, and that number is expected to grow over time.”
Currently, Year Up New York | New Jersey provides job training to talented and motivated youth ages 18-24, who do not hold college degrees, at campuses in downtown New York and at the City University of New York’s Borough of Manhattan Community College. Since 2006, Year Up New York | New Jersey has provided more than 3,000 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 Software Development. 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 $42,000/year.
Last year, the federally-sponsored Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) evaluation showed that Year Up participants experienced a 53% increase in initial earnings, as compared to similar young adults in a control group— the largest reported wage gain to date for workforce programs tested using a randomized controlled trial design.
Year Up New York | New Jersey is actively recruiting participants for the inaugural HCCC cohort. Learn more at www.yearup.org/seize-opportunity/.
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 26,000 young adults since its founding in 2000, and serves more than 4,700 young adults annually across 26 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/Jersey 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 and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator, 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.