Welfare to Careers

The mission of the Welfare to Careers Project is to influence public welfare policy by demonstrating, through a replicable model, that a career-focused Bachelor’s degree with comprehensive support services will enable low-income, underserved people to achieve economic self-sufficiency. In response to the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, the Education and Work Consortium developed the Welfare to Careers Project. The Consortium is a unique collaboration between two private institutions (Metropolitan College of New York and Pace University) and one public institution (Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York). The WTCP is a nationally replicable program that links college education to work experience and career training, with the ultimate aim of permanently lifting the working poor out of poverty. The WTCP enrolled its first cohort of students in 2002 at Medgar Evers College and Metropolitan College of New York.

The WTCP provides the following to low-income working parents:

  • Remediation and tutorial services  
  • Free tuition
  • Initial and ongoing assessment, case management and counseling services
  • Career counseling and job placement
  • Two-year career follow-up on graduates

Welfare to Careers Project
Ms. Lakesa Powell
1534 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216 
(718) 804-8874

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Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225

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