Training and Job Placement

JCCGCI offers training and job placement services:

  • To adult refugees and those granted asylum in the United States, as well as other specific immigrants (see below)
  • To people receiving Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) or who meet the TANF 200% of poverty level certification

We help clients achieve self- sufficiency through:

  • Employment preparation (counseling and resume preparation)
  • Support services, including employment workshops, employer-employee mediation, translation/interpretation and assistance applying for government aide
  • Vocational training
  • Job placement and retention services

JCCGCI and our project partners perform aggressive outreach to identify and recruit young adults and adult, immigrants and native-born, who can benefit most from our training programs.  We distribute flyers and advertisements in several languages through offices and field sites, community agencies, the New York City Housing Authority’s newsletters, open houses, radio and public access cable, tabloids, community newspapers, and school publications.

We also contact technical/trade schools and colleges/universities, and make use of online outlets like Google and Craigslist.

Targeted Assistance Grant (TAG) Employment Services

Services are available for refugees and asylees for up to five years from their date of arrival in the U.S. or when the status was granted (depending on the eligibility status). The program also covers Cuban or Haitian entrants, aliens admitted into the U.S. as Amerasian immigrants, parolees admitted as refugees or asylees, certified trafficking victims, certain family members of certified trafficking victims, and Iraqis and Afghans granted special immigrant status.

Services for refugees and asylees are provided in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

TAG training programs include:

  • Computer Literacy Office Skills Training
  • Accounting
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician
  • EMT
  • Food Service Handlers Program
  • Patient Care Technicians for CNAs
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician/EKG Technician
  • Practical Paralegal

JCCGCI vocational programs offer one-on-one support and a personal touch, as well as providing services in locations that are more convenient to many immigrant communities.

Educational Resources (ER) Services

The ER program addresses the educational and training needs of the TANF-eligible population. (TANF=Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). TANF-eligible families must have children under 19 and acceptable migration status, and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Income that is 200% of the Poverty Income Standard
  • Receive Medicaid
  • Receive SSI
  • Receive SNAP (Food Stamps) or HEAP

ER program participants must be steadily employed or actively seeking employment.

JCCGCI’s ER program enlists the services of a variety of educational agencies to assist local social service districts in addressing the educational and training needs of their TANF-eligible population to improve employability and job retention.

Healthcare Highway

The HealthCare Highway (HCH) program provides career entry and advancement for underprivileged youth and adults, while at the same time helping to meet the expanding demand for healthcare services as the population ages, as well as other high demand occupations. Priority is given to those 18 to 24 years of age.

HCH accomplishes this through training disconnected youth as:

  • New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-Bs), for which positions are anticipated to grow more than 19% by 2016
  • Certified Nurse’s Assistant, which has been identified as a position with increasing demand

We have also recently added security training, as the Department of Labor has identified this as an industry with high job growth.

The above mentioned trainings open several paths that can lead to paramedic, patient care technician, armed guard, all of which titles have very favorable job outlooks. These positions offer reasonable salaries, and the goal is for participants to become and remain self-supporting.

HCH project participants must have a high school degree or GED, meet the TANF 200% of federal poverty level certification requirements, and score at 9th grade or above on the TABE Reading and Language Test.

HCH provides services to roughly 70 students a year.

For further information or to obtain training and job placement services from JCCGCI, call 718-449-5000 ext 2246 or email For information specifically about Healthcare Highways, call 718-381-3222 or email


JCCGCI thanks the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance/BRIA for funding the program for refugees and asylees, and the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for funding the program for public assistance recipients.


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