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LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York: Grant Development and Evaluation of Program for Dislocated Workers in Queens, New York

A large urban renewal project undertaken by the City of New York threatened to displace hundreds of workers in automotive repair shops, food-service companies, and commercial hauling companies in Willets Point, Queens—a community that may have difficulty relocating these businesses due to their special needs for space or the current state of the economy. LaGuardia Community College—part of the City University of New York—tapped Metis Associates' grants-development expertise to apply for funding from the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Small Business Services to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, computer classes, vocational training, and immigration services to those workers who could lose their jobs.

The Division of Adult and Continuing Education at LaGuardia Community College—a major employer and workforce-development presence in Queens—together with a variety of partners designed and implemented a continuum of job-recruitment, training, placement, and retention services to assist workers at risk of being displaced by the urban renewal project. Metis provided technical assistance and evaluation services for the program. In particular, Metis conducted focus groups and a participant survey to measure the effectiveness and quality of program implementation and the impact of the programs on the population served. Metis has also helped LaGuardia staff in the development of databases and spreadsheets to manage their participant data.