New program helping western Queens NYCHA residents find jobs

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QUEENS — There are a hundred spaces left in a new job program that started six months ago.

It will help hundreds of people in western Queens get training to get their dream jobs. The program, which is just for western Queens New York City Housing Authority residents, is also offering scholarships and career counseling.

Emily Bonilla, a 27-year-old Queens single mom, said she is taking the first step to change her life for the better. The biggest motivation is her daughter, Allison.

“I want her to look up to me and be a mom who she can brag about,” said Bonilla.

Bonilla is just one of 100 public housing residents who can apply for a new job readiness program called “Linking Interests to Careers” at LaGuardia Community College.

Carolyn Nobles, the program’s director , said it’s easy. First, you go online and fill out a 60-question career assessment. It then matches you to the programs offered at the college. It also links you to resources, training, and scholarships to get a job.

“The jobs before COVID-19 may not be there anymore. How do you learn the skills that are available? Learn what your community college is offering and enroll. Change your career pathway,” said Nobles.

Bonilla always wanted a job in health care. She is now enrolled at LaGuardia Community College, majoring in radiology technology. Her goal is to become a radiologist.

State Senator Michael Gianaris helped secure $100,000 dollars in funding for the program in partnership with Urban Upbound, a nonprofit helping provide resources to empower NYCHA residents.

“This is more interactive and beyond just training. You can get a long term career,” said Sen. Gianaris.

For the career assessment, click here.

For those interested in the program, email

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