Tag Archives: workforce development


A Threat Within: Cybersecurity Virtual Internship Case Study

SLU’s Worker Education in collaboration with the Tech Incubator at Queens College and iQ4 is offering a free four-session course “Threat Within: Cybersecurity Virtual Internship Case Study​” in summer 2019.

This cybersecurity applied learning course is a non credit course, free of charge, to the SLU students and staff. The course is not highly technical and is designed to introduce students regardless of their major to cybersecurity, as an academic discipline and a career alternative.

This is an opportunity for students to develop/enhance their soft skills using cybersecurity as the use case. Students will be working in teams and presenting their weekly assignments to iQ4 volunteer, industry mentors.

Students will receive an iQ4 Certificate of Completion, upon completing the four session course, along with a Skills Passport, and a online next gen resume from iQ4.


Jumpstart Your College Career: Join Us for FREE Math & English Preparation Classes!

Are you an adult interested in college but worried your English and math skills aren’t quite up to par? Join us for an open house info session to learn more about Worker Education at the Murphy Institute’s FREE College Preparation Program!

This program, held at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) in collaboration with the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE), offers FREE day and evening classes in both Reading/Writing and Elementary Algebra. One-on-one tutoring services, career advisement, and CUNY admission assistance are also provided at no extra cost.

Open House Dates

Thursday, April 11th, 11:30 am

Tuesday, May 14th, 5 pm

Thursday, June 20th, 12:30 pm

Thursday, July 18th, 6 pm

Tuesday, August 27th, 6 pm

Each open house will take place at SLU (25 West 43rd St, 19th floor) and will include information on the program, a meet-and-greet with the instructor, a Q&A, and assessment testing for interested participants. RSVP now by clicking here!

Classes begin on September 3rd, 2019 and run through mid-December. Participants must be 21 or older with a high school diploma or high school equivalency to participate.

Questions? Feel free to contact us at WorkerEd@slu.cuny.edu or 212-642-2040.

Learn more about all of Worker Education’s programs and offerings at slu.cuny.edu/worker-education.

On Equity in Our Workforce

By Rebecca Lurie

As I read the latest paper by Steve Dawson on workforce, once again I am grateful for the principles and practices he describes so well. (And succinctly! So if you have time to read a one-pager, do it! And don’t bother to read my post!)

Dawson’s paper, “Class Dismissed Defining Equity in our Workforce Field” suggests we look deeper into meaningful work and consider, when we train and prepare for jobs, that we also train and prepare for the broader world of work. Exposing trainees to organizing, policy, advocacy and cooperative business skills all as means to improve lives even when job placement options are not great.

The full series can be found here. I highly recommend it for those aiming to do more than good work through workforce development, but for those who want to use the opportunity when engaged in workforce training to help raise the bar, and advocate for better jobs and better work in a world that demands us to make ready ourselves, our young, our disenfranchised, for work that will improve conditions through a wide range of strategies and approaches.

Local 94 Members Celebrate First Business Writing Course with the Murphy Institute at CUNY SLU

By Becky Firesheets

On Thursday, December 6th, thirteen members of Local 94 celebrated their successful completion of Worker Education at SLU’s Business Writing course with a graduation ceremony that felt more like a family meal than a formal event. After nearly perfect attendance throughout the term (there were only two absences, both due to medical reasons), the group of Chief Operators, Assistant Chiefs, and Operating Engineers who work at SL Green had clearly become close-knit – with one another and their instructor, Dr. Michael Shapiro.

“It was a great learning experience. Dr. Shapiro runs a class that makes you want to learn. He keeps you busy and makes you think. He is a great teacher,” one student wrote on his final evaluation form. Continue reading Local 94 Members Celebrate First Business Writing Course with the Murphy Institute at CUNY SLU

Labor History: A Key to Making Bad Jobs Better

By Rebecca Lurie

This summer, the Pinkerton Foundation released a new paper called “Make Bad Jobs Better: Forging a “Better Jobs” Strategy,” by Steven L. Dawson. Dawson argues that the tightening labor market and improving economy offer new opportunities for organizers, educators and workers to bargain harder and “make bad jobs better.” Here, Rebecca Lurie, Program Director for the Community and Worker Ownership Project at the Murphy Institute, responds:

This Pinkerton Paper sings my song! Words like dignity, agency, organizing, self-worth, stability, respect are music to my ears. When workforce development can build pathways to this we do much more than create one job placement at a time. We contribute to the work of building a more just society, rooted in self-actualization and empowerment. Continue reading Labor History: A Key to Making Bad Jobs Better

GPRO Green Professional Building Skills Training Seeks Education Development Associate

Advance the green building movement nationwide through education. Urban Green Council, the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization working to advance sustainability in the urban built environment, has an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who is interested in getting involved with the growing green building movement. Urban Green is NYC’s go-to organization for green building education and advocacy, twice managing blue ribbon building code commissions on behalf of the city, most recently following Superstorm Sandy. The organization has averaged over 30% annual growth in staff size and budget for the last seven years, allowing for deeper impacts and broader reach. The Associate will be a critical addition to the team in continuing this growth.

GPRO is Urban Green’s flagship education program, teaching construction workers and building operators what they need to know about green building to ensure building performance matches design. With consistently high ratings and 6,580 people trained in an industry of hundreds of thousands, the program is poised for enormous expansion. The Associate will support the development of new education programs and facilitate maintenance and improvement of existing programs. Urban Green courses reach all sectors of the building industry: building owners, real estate companies, construction trade unions, USGBC chapters, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and trade associations. Please visit gpro.org for more details.

In addition to the existing GPRO modules (www.gpro.org), Education Development at UGC is currently developing the following programs: Conquering the Energy Code is a series of courses that teach Architects and Engineers the basics of sustainable design and strategies to comply with ever more stringent energy codes. These courses will find engaging ways to motivate participants to incorporate sustainability into their design process.

GPRO Homes is a certificate level course that will provide tools and resources to residential construction contractors to help them adapt to the increasing regulatory and market pressures for higher efficiency and better performing buildings.

About the Position

The ideal candidate will have proven project management skills and experience editing technical materials. Given the need for high-quality course materials, the Associate must have strong attention to detail, and familiarity with all forms of education delivery: traditional lecture, textbook/manuals, presentations, and web-platform. The position offers many opportunities for exposure to all aspects of the building industry through the interaction with partners and contributors, and will require the applicant to have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills. The candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to think through problems and identify forward-thinking solutions. This position reports to the Education Development Coordinator.

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Research technical content for manuals and presentations including science, technologies, and policies behind green building and energy systems
  • Review and edit drafts of all course materials to ensure highest quality content
  • Manage process of updating and maintaining relevancy of course material
  • Adapt materials to make courses relevant to audiences in different geographic regions
  • Edit and format manuals in Adobe InDesign and presentations in PowerPoint
  • Create and/or revise illustrations using Adobe Illustrator
  • Review, compile, organize, and edit all submissions from Industry Advisory Committees

GPRO Team Collaboration:

  • Coordinate with Outreach & Delivery Associate to ensure updated materials are available for instructors and proctors on GPRO website
  • Manage job postings, interviewing, and personnel evaluations for Education Development
  • Coordinate materials for Instructor Training Sessions

Required Skills:

  • BA or BS degree obtained with a major or focus in environmental studies or related field
  • Strong interest in and understanding of green building and environmental issues
  • Proactive and strong work ethic
  • Detail oriented, ability to handle multiple tasks and to work independently
  • Exceptional writing skills, a writing sample is required
  • Knowledge of and competence with MS Office applications (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook)
  • Knowledge of and competence with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Good visual sense regarding layout and design
  • Experience in architectural design, construction and/or engineering


Commensurate with experience.


January 1, 2016

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter including salary requirements (single PDF titled EducationAssociate_[NAME]) with “Education Development Associate / your name” in the subject line to jobs@urbangreencouncil.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.