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Project Rise 


Project Rise is a GED® preparation program, enhanced with a comprehensive college and career readiness component. The year-long program offers up to twelve months of full time GED® classes (Monday through Thursday from 9am-2pm), 18 weeks of paid internship, job readiness training, credit bearing academic courses linked to KCC's Tourism and Hospitality department, and employment placement assistance. Participants receive supportive counseling and guidance for a full twelve months. Other benefits of the program include:

  • Metrocards
  • Entrepreneurship Training
  • Virtual Enterprise Classes
  • Urban Farm Experience
  • Preparation to earn industry recognized certificates
  • College and Career Counseling
  • Supportive services
  • Full KCC Student Privileges including Library, Gym and Beach access, and more!

For news and updates about Project Rise, visit our blog:

Fill out this quick online survey to speak with a Project Rise representative about upcoming information sessions.  

Mission Statement and Core Values:

Project Rise is a Center for Economic & Workforce Development initiative at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York. We provide educational, internship and employment services to young adults. Project Rise prepares participants for the GED® exam, supports the development of work readiness skills, and provides opportunities for participants to acquire gainful employment.

  1. We commit to create an environment where students feel supported in working towards their individual career and education goals, and are empowered to follow the life path they choose.
  2. We will encourage participants to advocate for themselves because we recognize that each student is an individual, that all students are creative, and that all students need to succeed.
  3. We endeavor to respect the individuals' needs and provide support for the social, emotional, physical, intellectual development of each participant.
  4. We commit to providing participants with opportunities to prepare for the General Education Diploma Exam through regular instruction and practice.
  5. We aim to provide participants with linkage and referrals to acquire gainful employment, through internship, work readiness, and job placement.
  6. We strive to infuse our program with opportunities to further participants’ education through college credit offerings and industry recognized certifications.
  7. Ultimately, we aspire to shape life-long learners who actively participate in their communities and with the world at large.


In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must be:

  • Between 18-24 years old
  • Unemployed and not enrolled in school for the past six months
  • Residents of NYC (certain district restrictions apply)


How do I apply?
If you believe that you meet the eligibility requirements, please call 718-368-6600, or fill out this quick online survey, to sign up for an information session. Your eligibility, including address verification required for community district restrictions dictated by the funder, will be verified over the phone. For the information session you will be asked to bring photo identification, proof of date of birth, and proof of address.

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 6 or above, you will be invited to interview with staff. If you do not score 6 or above, you will be provided with referrals for appropriate on or off campus programs.

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, staff will take many factors into consideration when making enrollment decisions.

What if I don't want to do the internship, I just want GED® preparation?
This is not the program for you. Project Rise emphasizes college and career readiness, as much as we emphasize GED® preparation. For participants who do not want the additional services, a traditional GED® program would be a much better fit – you will be overwhelmed and bored by the additional components, and you will have taken the seat from someone who is serious about preparing for the GED® while simultaneously preparing for college and/or a career.

How much does the program cost?
All academic and support services are provided at no cost to those accepted into the program.

How often does the program run?
Classes start in February 2014. For more information about our upcoming information sessions, check our blog.  

Will I get Metrocards for the entire time I am enrolled in the program? 
You will receive metrocards for the first six weeks of the program. Once you start your paid internship, we will help you budget so you can buy a weekly or monthly metrocard out of your earnings. If you choose, we can deduct the cost of metrocards from your paycheck, and provide you with metrocards and the balance of your paycheck weekly.

What kind of internships can I get?
By working with program staff, you will identify areas of interest and we will help you find an internship that you not only enjoy, but one that will help you build skills and your resume.

What if I am ready for my GED before 12 months?
You will take the Official Practice Test (OPT) every 10 weeks. Once you get a 2500 on the OPT, we will set up a GED® test date for you.

What happens after I get my GED? Am I still eligible for program services?
YES! You are expected to continue attending Project Rise until you get official notification that you have passed the test. Once you receive verification that you passed, you will complete your internship, continue to attend the credit bearing college courses, and work with staff to enroll in college and/or get a job.

Can I continue my education at KCC?
YES! You will be taking college level courses while you are preparing for your GED®. Once you pass your GED® we will help you apply for KCC, and transfer the credits you have banked.

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