Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Announces Nearly $800,000 In Federal Funding To Launch Innovative Workforce Development Initiative In The Bronx

Aug 27, 2015
Press Release

FTA Grants Will Establish Multi-Sector Partnership to Prepare Bronx Design and Construction Academy High School Students for Career in Transportation, Design, and Construction

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman José E. Serrano announced that the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has been awarded $739,605 in federal funding to establish a Workforce Investment Now – New York program in the Bronx.  These funds were awarded by the Federal Transit Administration’s Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative) under the U.S. Department of Transportation.  This funding will help launch an innovative multi-sector partnership that will focus on preparing high school students at the Bronx Design and Construction Academy for careers in transportation, design, and construction.

“I am pleased to announce this workforce development grant to help high school students in the Bronx prepare for and obtain middle class jobs in the public transportation sector.  By supporting a highly-skilled transit workforce, we are building ladders of opportunity for Bronx residents to move into the middle class and maintain the critical skills needed for an efficient public transportation system.  This investment is critical both to the Bronx and to New York City’s workforce preparedness and competitiveness in the 21st Century,” said Congressman Serrano.

The FTA’s Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program provides grants to transit agencies to undertake workforce development activities such as creating employment training programs and conducting outreach programs to increase minority and female employment in the transit sector.


Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990.