Fedcap Graduation 2013
Fedcap marked the achievements of more than 400 individuals who completed its job training programs in a graduation ceremony today at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater.
The graduates include many individuals working to overcome barriers to employment such as physical and mental disabilities, youth aging out of foster care, the homeless, veterans, and the formerly incarcerated and older adults.
The graduates completed programs in Fedcap’s Home Health Aide training, Career Design School, which include training in security, custodial services and culinary arts, as well as graduates from Fedcap’s, Wildcat Back to Work and the New York Youth Work programs, Arches Edenwald (in partnership with the NYC Department of Probation) and the GED Plus program (in partnership with the NYC Department of Education). Their graduation opens the door to job placement, many in Fedcap’s own businesses, and Fedcap provides support services to enhance job retention.
“The 2013 Graduation is a triumph in personal courage and determination,” said Fedcap President and CEO, Christine McMahon. “For most of our students, a graduation was beyond imagination for them or their families.”
The program featured two Fedcap alumni tributes and graduate speakers. Their personal stories demonstrate how training and support services help individuals become economically independent individuals who are now able to support their families and build strong communities.
“Like many of us here today, the journey has not been easy nor has it followed a traditional path. But what’s most important is that we earned this accomplishment and that we move forward to achieve additional successes,” said Stanley Hickman, a 2013 graduate from our security program who has reentered the workforce after more than 20 years in prison. “Also important is our attitude, how we deal with challenges and what we do to rise above them.”
Fedcap honored ABM Industries Inc. and Fairway Market, for their outstanding record of hiring people with barriers to employment. Representatives from both companies graciously accepted their award and pledged to grow their partnership with Fedcap.
Most of the graduates have already been placed into jobs and Fedcap is working to place addition graduates in the coming weeks.
"The story of each 2013 graduate who is working to overcome barriers is an inspiration,” said Ms. McMahon.