WOMEN AND WORK
A FREE JOB- AND LIFE-SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM FOR WOMEN
Queens College, CUNY
Women and Work (W&W) is a free job-skills and life-management training program for women offered through Queens College, CUNY. Initiated in 1998, the program operates as a “Partnership for Empowerment,” accepting applicants with modest educational backgrounds and little or erratic work experience. Classes comprise members of the most underserved population: immigrants, victims of domestic and family violence, displaced homemakers, those whose jobs have been downsized or eliminated, and low-wage workers.
Reaching across all races, ethnicities, ages, religions, and sexualities, the program is designed to meet the needs of women who need to work, but lack the requisite academic, technological, and social skills. W&W provides the tools necessary to secure sustainable employment and establish financial independence. The three main focus areas are computer and technology skills; literacy and humanities skills; and personal and professional development.
Women and Work (W&W) began in 1998 as a straightforward job-skills training program with the intent of providing entry-level employment for displaced homemakers; over time, W&W evolved into a community that fully engages in the lives of its participants and graduates to ensure their social welfare. W&W participants are the most underserved population in New York City. As a group, they comprise survivors of domestic and family violence, single mothers, immigrants, displaced homemakers, and downsized or low-wage workers. The goal of our partnership is to empower women with an infrastructure of skills capable of supporting long-term, intergenerational change and to move them from their present marginalized status to one of social inclusion.
In 2010, W&W was re-envisioned and a community outreach component, Women Partnering for Change (WPFC), became part of its infrastructure. This provided a vehicle for the program’s public education presentations and its role as a community partner advocating for social justice on behalf of marginalized women.
Since its inception, W&W has never been on a hiatus and has always remained free to women in need. The program's midtown Manhattan location makes it easily accessible by public transportation. To date, W&W has guided 1,800 women and families out of poverty into economic stability.
By always listening to the voices of the women we serve, we are able to understand and address their unmet needs. One of the program's greatest accomplishments is graduating women empowered to advocate on their own behalf, ensuring better lives for themselves, as well as their families. W&W contributes to systemic change by focusing on long-term intergenerational change that can be maintained over time.
- Computer programs, including Microsoft (MS) Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Computers and technology: building an infrastructure of knowledge
- Interviewing skills, cover letters and resumes
- Personal and professional development
- Seminars in writing for business, creative writing, and publications research and design
- Financial literacy
- Interpersonal communication skills
- Life-management skills
- Mathematical skills
- English language skills, including reading comprehension and writing
- English as a second language (ESL)
- Dressing for success (free business clothing based on availability)
WOMEN AND WORK ALSO PROVIDES
- On-site counseling and needs assessment
- Health and wellness training
TO APPLY TO WOMEN AND WORK YOU WILL NEED
- A high school diploma or GED
- A working knowledge of English
- The ability to work legally in the United States
- The ability to commit to the entire 14-week program
Apply in person at our Manhattan office any Monday through Thursday, between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm.
Women and Work
25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1005 (10th Floor)
New York, NY 10036
Women and Work is located between 5th and 6th Avenues.