According to Dr. Maureen Becker, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs, the Upskilling Initiative II grant will help York provide skills training to students and community residents with new marketable skills.
“We received $262,267 to provide free programs to students and members of the community at large who live anywhere in New York City,” said Dean Becker, who is also acting dean of the School of Business and Information Systems. “Offers are in the business and healthcare industry sectors, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the two fastest growing industry sectors. All of these offers will be delivered via ZOOM, and with a successful participation and completion of all assignments, participants will receive a certificate of completion.
Additionally, both health offerings have an added incentive that with good attendance and completion of all assignments, participants will receive free college credits to use at York College (two credits for the health professions concept and three credits for health informatics), according to Dr. Becker. She is also doubly excited about the funds as it is the second of its kind for the college (Upskilling I).
The offerings, enabled by the grant, “have a few purposes,” according to Becker. They can be used to introduce someone to a college field and/or major, help non-college adults think about going back to college (if they come at some point and quit), or for that person who doesn’t. ever had the opportunity to go to college, enroll now. It could also be added to his resume; could be liked by a current employer and be worthy of a promotion and If you are unemployed, this is something that could add value to a CV to build on existing skills and/or increase its knowledge base; or simply take it for the pleasure of learning.