Leveraging Innovations and our Neighborhoods in the Knowledge economy – or LINK - is designed to sharpen the skills and employability of New Yorkers who may not have access to higher education.
“Every day we’re working to make sure that our record job growth continues in New York City,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “We’re doing that by investing in skills programs like the LINK initiative.”
One program, known as the Immigrant Bridge Program, targets people who were foreign-trained in advanced fields such as accounting, engineering or medicine, but don't have accreditation from a local university.
In some cases, the individual would be eligible for a loan ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to complete their schooling.
Another program in the initiative is called DigitialWork NYC, which is targeted at young adults between the ages of 16 to 26 years old who are neither working or in school.
This program helps them write a resume, boost their proficiency in programs such as Microsoft Office, and better understand computers and other pieces of technology.
“The LINK initiative will increase access to employment opportunities and provide training that will enable low-income New Yorkers to secure jobs in growing sectors that are critical to New York City’s 21st century economy,” said Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky.