Our Work with Postsecondary Partners

The Postsecondary Strategy works with postsecondary institutions and stakeholders to prepare students with the skills, knowledge, networks, and agency necessary to navigate and succeed in a dynamic labor market, while building relationships with employers that help meet staffing needs, launch careers, and diversify the workforce.

The Goal is to shift the perception of college success from solely academic attainment to both academic attainment and employment. In the Bronx and NYC, CUNY programs can be leading institutions for students seeking degrees and credentials, and a primary talent pool for New York City employers.

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Action Strategies

Cultivate a network of champions by leveraging the expertise of individuals, organizations, and employers. In partnership with NYU Steinhardt and Jobs for the Future, HERE to HERE is supporting an Employer Bright Spot Analysis (EBSA) to highlight successful employer-attached CUNY programs, identify faculty champions, and determine the strategic investment needed to get programs to 100% efficiency.

Work across silos to provide opportunities for students, by working closely with the HERE to HERE Business Council, a coalition of 24 large and growing New York City employers, to determine shifting employer needs and share learnings with CUNY to determine how they can increase postsecondary commitment to student employment outcomes.

Make best practice common practice by using a developed set of key distinguishers to highlight, codify, and replicate employer-attached programs of study. By supporting structural changes that enhance outcomes, HERE to HERE is promoting a paradigm shift in the way colleges evaluate and invest in student achievement. 

 The Impact

HERE to HERE is currently working with the CUNY Central team to support its Career Success Initiative, which builds the infrastructure to more intentionally partner with employers and create more student opportunities for economic mobility.

HERE to HERE supports Bronx-based colleges in their efforts to enhance career pathways for students: We've worked with Bronx Community College to provide more work-based learning experiences for credit in Childhood Education and Cybersecurity, Hostos Community College to redesign its Allied Health programs to provide more transparent healthcare career paths, and Guttman Community College to braid earning and learning opportunities for students as part-time bank tellers in collaboration with JP Morgan Chase.

We take a local and scaled approach to ensure postsecondary experiences position young people for family-sustaining careers. Our vision is an inclusive economy, in the Bronx and elsewhere, driven by meaningful partnerships between young people and employers.