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November 2015, Babette Audant from CEWD

Discussions of workforce development emphasize stackable training, and assume linear advancement and alignment, through college and career paths. Stackable credentials have become a best practice for community colleges across the United States as they struggle to advance the college completion agenda and ensure that students graduate with the skills needed to find gainful employment. This study examined the concept of stackability in culinary arts at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. It compared employment and education opportunities for students enrolled in short-term training to those of students enrolled in an associate degree program. Its goal was to explore gaps between employer demand for trained workers and long-term investments in education. The study also aimed to suggest ways in which we can meaningfully support students in their pursuit of degrees, even as they seek employment in a high-growth sector for which education, experiences, and job titles are often an imprecise match. You can download the full report here:

August 2013, Babette Audant from CEWD

The New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College released "Jobs for a Healthier Diet and a Stronger Economy" which cites Kingsborough Community College as an institution that supports the creation of valuable and sustaining food jobs. Our own Babette Audant, Executive Director of CEWD and Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts at KCC was part of this research team. The report looks to the food sector to answer questions about creating fair and safe jobs, promoting economic development, and making food healthier and accessible to all New Yorkers. You can download and read the full report here:



April 2013, Mara Gittleman from the KCC Urban Farm

In April, the New York City Community Garden Coalition hosted "NYCCGC Forum 2013: Stand For Our Land!" a grassroots teach-in and forum with NYC Mayoral candidates including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Comptroller John Liu, former Bronx Borough President Aldolfo Carrion and Green Party candidate Tony Gronowicz, with a keynote from NYCCGC's former president, community activist and active NYC gardener, Karen Washington, about the future of community green spaces in New York. Our own Mara Gittleman, Farm Coordinator at the KCC Urban Farm and Vice President of NYCCGC, helped host this event which featured Ms. Washington's keynote, the Mayoral Panel and a number of workshops discussing the past, present and future of New York's green spaces.

To listen to a report of this event, follow this link from WBAI.

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