What is the Charles B. Rangel Infrastructure Workforce Initiative?
At the intersection of education and opportunity, the new Charles B. Rangel Center Infrastructure Workforce Initiative (RIWI) at The City College of New York will equip historically underserved communities with analytical and operational skills through innovative curricula, simulation-based training, and experiential learning to help them pursue career paths in the rapidly changing urban infrastructure sector.
RIWI aims to:
- Prepare matriculated students and the local workforce to enter
existing and emerging career sectors by offering training in new core
and advanced skills in transportation, energy, buildings, water, food,
waste, and digital infrastructures.
- Empower economically disadvantaged populations, including minorities, women, veterans, the formerly incarcerated, high schoolers, and those without a high school diploma, by improving equity of opportunity in an unequal infrastructure labor market.
- Provide experiential learning and networking opportunities through
structured, paid internships with city and state agencies and local
- Collaborate with public and private partners to continuously update
and reinvent program offerings and create new training pathways
that meet the workforce needs of the sector’s institutional
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