Student Pathways Lays Strong Foundation for All NYC Public School Students, Creating Pathways to Rewarding Careers and Long-Term Economic Security
Initiative Includes Historic Public-Private Partnership Dramatically Expanding Career-Connected Learning and Opens up Apprenticeships for 3,000 NYC Students at Some of NYC's Largest Employers
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks recently announced the Career Readiness and Modern Youth Apprenticeship (CRMYA) program that will connect 3,000 students across more than 50 schools with paid multi-year apprenticeships. The program will place approximately 500 students in apprenticeships at companies focused on New York City finance, technology, and business operations by the end of 2023 and student apprentices will earn between $15 and $25 an hour as an entry level wage. CRMYA is part of Student Pathways, a historic expansion of career-connected learning opportunities for New York City public school students. The Pathways initiative is focused on putting each student on a path to a rewarding, engaging career, as well as financial independence and long-term economic security — the North Stars of the Adams administration.
"Passion and purpose are key ingredients to put our students on a path to prosperity and success," said Mayor Adams. "Classroom learning plays an important role, but our students have so much to gain from real world, hands-on experience. Combined with the fact that too few of our kids graduate without plans for employment or further education, internships and apprenticeships are a critical tool to ready our young people for success. The Student Pathways to Economic Security Initiative will provide students with the tools to develop their interests and put them on a road to financial independence, while connecting some of our largest employers to the next generation of leaders. Thank you to the New York Jobs CEO Council, JPMorgan Chase, Accenture, CareerWise New York, Robin Hood, and Bloomberg Philanthropies for not only supporting this work, but for stepping up to support New York City's workforce of tomorrow."
"This is a historic expansion of career connected learning that highlights the strength and importance of public-private partnerships," said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Sheena Wright. "The Adams administration is committed to ensuring every New York City student graduates high school with a path that leads to financially secure and independent lives."
"The path to economic security and career success requires exposure to the world of work, and today's announcement represents a major step in our city's education system, viewing graduates launching into careers as a key metric for success" said Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer. "Providing early exposure to careers through skills training, quality internships, and apprenticeships will allow more of the city's young talent to leave school with the college credits, work experience, credentials, and, of course, the confidence required to successfully launch into the careers of today and tomorrow's workforce."
"Student Pathways is central to our bold vision for the future and sets us toward an ambitious goal: Providing each student with a clear pathway to and preparation for a rewarding career and long-term economic security," said DOE Chancellor Banks. "This work will give our students access to real world work experience, important professional skills, a strong college and career plan, and early college credits or industry credentials. All our young people should be prepared to set forth on a path that appeals to their passions and supports their aspirations. This initiative will benefit our students in communities that have historically been denied these opportunities, giving them earlier and expanded access to career-connected learning. What our children can achieve is unlimited if we help them activate their passion and purpose, giving them an onramp into the 21st century economy."
"Apprenticeships and skills training give students real-world experience that helps put them on the path to success and prepares them to secure good jobs," said former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "Those programs also help connect employers to talented young people at a time when many companies are struggling to fill vacancies. Bloomberg Philanthropies has been working with cities, states, and companies around the country to create more of these kinds of opportunities — and we've seen a lot of promising results. It's great to see New York City bringing people together to give more students a jump start on their careers, and our foundation is glad to support the effort. It'll help build a brighter future for the students taking part, and for our city."
This initiative and its affiliated programs are made possible by transformative public-private partnerships with businesses in collaboration with the New York Jobs CEO Council, which has already secured more than 1,000 CRMYA apprenticeships, supported by CareerWise New York. Bloomberg Philanthropies is also providing a major investment to the Fund for Public Schools to support this initiative — contributing $8 million to this program and expanding career-connected learning over the next two years, reflecting their work across the country.
The CRMYA is one of two key investments in Student Pathways. FutureReadyNYC — the second of the Pathways pilot programs — gives participating New York City public high school students access to career exploration in high-growth fields, including health care, technology, business, and education. This school year alone, more than 30 high schools will participate in the program, reaching approximately 5,000 students. The program gives students access to a reimagined educational experiences with the chance to receive early college credits and industry valued credentials, dive into opportunities for career connected coursework and work experiences, and support in building personalized college and career plans. FutureReadyNYC also lays the foundation for expanded Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
Across these two initial programs, Student Pathways will ensure that — over the course of the next three years — students citywide will be able to engage in and benefit from career-readiness and college-readiness preparation before they leave high school.