“By better training and preparing Rockaway residents for high-quality jobs, we’re investing in the economic success of the peninsula’s hard-working families and our economy as a whole," said Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for Housing and Economic Cevelopment.
The center, located at 57-17 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, will provide employment services, including comprehensive career services, financial counseling and on-site occupational training.
The center is part of Doorways to Opportunity, a $1.4 million multi-partner initiative funded by Citi aimed at providing public housing resident across the city with employment opportunities, free financial counseling and entrepreneurship training.
The Rockaway community, because of its location and other factors, faces unemployment issues, according to elected officials in the community.
“Unemployment is one of the toughest problems facing our community,” said State Senator James Sanders. “We have educated, skilled people who just need to make the connection to the right employer.”
Councilman Donovan Richards echoed the sentiments of Sanders.
“One of the greatest needs in the Rockaways is workforce development, especially with the strong revitalization push coming to Downtown Far Rockaway,” he said. “Rockaway job seekers and business owners will now have the opportunity to gain the tools needed for success.”