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“It’s a great new start for me. As soon as I got my foot in the door, I could see myself growing. With this job, I can move up.”

LIDAIA NYCHA Resident Training Academy Graduate

Lidaia’s life changed drastically when she decided to quit her hotel housekeeping job in Times Square in order to keep her two sons safe from COVID-19. She worried about finding the right kind of work to support her family and their needs.

Joining the NYCHA Resident Training Academy greatly improved Lidaia’s life. After graduating, she landed a Caretaker position with good wages, better benefits, and flexible hours to spend time with her children.

“It’s a great new start for me. As soon as I got my foot in the door, I could see myself growing. With this job, I can move up,” Lidaia said.

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“Not only did I get the credentials I needed, but the program really helped me on a professional level, too. ”

TYLER Brooklyn Networks Graduate

Tyler’s work as a stagehand stopped abruptly when the pandemic hit. Theaters shut down and he was out of work, leaving him unsure of what to do next. Despite picking up a few delivery jobs, Tyler was struggling. He wanted to devote himself to a career with long-lasting potential. Tyler had experience in IT prior to theater, but he didn’t know how to get back into that field.

After joining BWI’s Brooklyn Networks program, his life changed. He received his OSHA 30 and BICSI certifications, which landed him a full-time field technician position immediately after graduating. “Not only did I get the credentials I needed, but the program really helped me on a professional level, too,” he said.

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“This position has real benefits and a consistent paycheck. I no longer have to be paid on a ride-by-ride basis, and I’m thankful for that.”

GOUSSE Red Hook on the Road Graduate

As a taxi driver, Gousse was struggling to find work while competitors like Uber and Lyft continued to grow. When the pandemic hit NYC, things took a turn for the worse: people stopped riding altogether. Gousse collected unemployment while trying to find a way to support his three children. The stress was enormous. “I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t see a way to pay my bills,” he said.

Despite the pressure, he took the opportunity to train at BWI’s Red Hook on the Road program and landed a job after graduating as a school bus driver. “This position has real benefits and a consistent paycheck. I no longer have to be paid on a ride-by-ride basis, and I’m thankful for that,” he said.

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“The opportunity saved me from falling into a depression. I was able to stay busy doing something I loved and secure a long-lasting career—not just another job.”

NATASHA Brooklyn Woods Graduate

Natasha was furloughed from her job during the pandemic. While attending a job fair, she learned about BWI’s Brooklyn Woods program and she joined a few weeks later.

“The opportunity saved me from falling into a depression. I was able to stay busy doing something I loved and secure a long-lasting career—not just another job,” she said.

Now, Natasha works full time as a CNC Operator. “People shouldn’t be afraid to attend a program that they know nothing about. The staff is there to help you and expand your horizons,” she said

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“I wanted to work in film, but I thought you needed a college degree. Thanks to BWI, you just need to be smart enough and ready to work.”

EDUARDO "Made in NY" Production Assistant Training Graduate

When the pandemic hit, Eduardo was out of work. He tried to become a self-taught videographer, but he was nervous about how to support his family and four kids. Applying to the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program set him on a new path. “I wanted to work in film, but I thought you needed a college degree. Thanks to BWI, you just need to be smart enough and ready to work,” he said.

Just two weeks after graduating, he landed a Production Assistant/Covid Health & Safety role on a new TV show. His skills and strong work ethic earned him a raise and promotion to Health and Safety Manager. Eduardo now oversees a team of 10 people and makes a living that supports both his family and his career goals.

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