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The City University of New York was awarded funding through the United States Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAA)

CUNY CareerPATH: An 8-College Consortium Led by KCC

 CCCT) grant program to offer CUNY Career PATH, a three-year program aimed at supporting adult students in career advancement and successful college transition, and building CUNY's capacity to serve adult workers.

CUNY CareerPATH is a low to no-cost program supporting adult workers without jobs and adult workers looking to advance their careers by providing opportunities (1) to earn both industry-recognized credentials and college credits and (2) to find jobs in one of five sectors: Business, Education, Food Service & Hospitality, Healthcare, and Manufacturing.  CUNY CareerPATH offers job training opportunities throughout New York City's 5 boroughs across 8 different colleges.

For more information about all CUNY CareerPATH programs, please visit or call 1-855-333-PATH (7284).

For news and updates about CUNY CareerPATH, visit our blog

For information about the CareerPATH programs at KCC, please see below.

About CUNY CareerPATH at KCC:

CUNY CareerPATH at Kingsborough Community College provides career and college-focused occupational training, with integrated math skills instruction in Culinary Arts, Food and Beverage Service/Hospitality, and Community Health. Strengthened connections between college transition programs, occupational training, and degree programs—bolstered by strong advisement and enhanced student services—will help students progress on each step of their education and career pathway. In the short-term, participants can earn industry-recognized credentials and find jobs. In the longer term, they can translate their training into college credit and enter degree programs.


Minimum Eligibility Requirements*:
In order to be eligible for the CUNY CareerPATH (CCP) program, applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a HS Diploma or a GED
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Be unemployed, or a dislocated or TAA-eligible worker, or a worker at risk of losing their job or seeking career advancement
  • Have demonstrated academic and/or English language instruction needs
  • Have a desire to go to college
  • Not already enrolled in college
  • Veterans and eligible spouses including widows and widowers, as defined in the statute and regulations, are eligible for priority service.  

*Other eligibility requirements may apply


How do I apply?
If you believe that you meet the eligibility requirements, please call 718-368-5568 to sign up for an information session. You will be asked to bring photo identification, proof of date of birth, HS diploma or GED, and documents demonstrating that you are legally permitted to work in the US (I-9 documents)

What is the application process?
Once it is determined that you are eligible to apply, you will be invited to attend an information session. At the information session, you will be asked to present your documents, complete an application packet and take the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) Reading Comprehension test. If you score 8 or above, you will be invited to interview with staff. If you do not score 8 or above, you will be provided with referrals to appropriate programs on and off campus. You are welcome to reapply for the program during the next intake cycle (intake will be conducted two to three times per year through 2014).

Please note: an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  As space in the program is limited, and hundreds of individuals apply each cycle, only serious college and/or employment bound applicants will be considered for a spot in the program.

How often does the program run?
Space is limited – don't wait to apply! Check our blogfor details about;upcoming information sessions.

What is the program duration?
Training runs for 12 weeks, 15 hours per week. Daytime and evening schedules may be available.

What if I am employed (an incumbent worker)?
If you are currently working, and are interested in attending CUNY Career PATH in order to enroll in college immediately upon completion of training, you may be eligible to enroll. If you are currently working and are interested in attending CUNY Career PATH in order to increase skill levels, earn industry recognized certifications and get a new and better job, you may be eligible for training.

**It is important to note that CUNY Career PATH was designed to serve unemployed adults who need training and increased academic skill levels in order to get a job and/or enroll in college, and individuals who meet these criteria will get priority acceptance.

What kind of support will I receive?
CUNY Career PATH provides 1) Employment Readiness Services including, but not limited to development of personal career maps and plans; resume writing, interview skill and job search support; referrals for employment opportunities related to training; ongoing employment related support and guidance for up to one year after completion of training. 2) College-Prep Support Services including, but not limited to: academic planning; support around navigating financial aid, admissions, and registration policies and procedures at KCC; ongoing support once enrolled around achieving academic success and arranging additional academic, personal or financial supports as needed. 3) Single Stop on campus provides services including, but not limited to benefits screening, tax preparation, financial counseling and legal aid.

How much does the program cost?
Most components of the program, including Bridge Training/Seminar, Occupational Training, Employment and College Support Services and training related books are offered at no cost to those who are eligible. Components which carry fees include, but may not be limited to: CLIP, CUNY Start, and all KCC related college student, application and registration fees.

How many college credits can I earn, and where will they transfer?
The Culinary Arts Certificate Training Program allows participants to earn up to 7 college credits; Food and Beverage Service Certificate Training Program, and Community Health Worker Certificate Training allow participants to earn up to 12 credits.

CUNY Career PATH has an articulation agreement with the Department of Tourism and Hospitality, and the Community Health Program under the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Credits earned by successfully completing one of the occupational training programs at KCC can be applied to the respective department. Credits cannot be directly applied to a department other than these, or a college other than Kingsborough.

When I am done with one training program, can I apply to another?
No. Upon successful completion of your occupational training program under CUNY Career PATH, program staff will help you get a job and/or enroll in college.

What if I don't get into the program because I need to improve my English language skills?
You may be eligible for the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) at Kingsborough Community College, which will help you improve your English Language Skills in preparation for entry into the workforce and/or college. CUNY Career PATH has collaborated with CLIP at KCC to offer Community Health Worker CLIP sections, and Food and Beverage Service/Hospitality CLIP sections, starting in Fall 2012. While you will have to pay KCC's CLIP fees, CUNY Career PATH support services, including support enrolling in occupational training, finding a job and/or enrolling in college upon completion of CLIP are provided at no cost.

This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

The CUNY CareerPATH Program is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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