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College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment Program

Specialized Program

College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment Program (COPE) is a collaboration between The City University of New York (CUNY) and The City of New York Human Resources Administration (HRA) that provides supportive services to CUNY students receiving public assistance.

The goal of COPE is to help students meet CUNY college standards and HRA work obligation, in order to enhance their chances of graduating and achieving long term economic self-sufficiency through gainful employment.

COPE provides the following support services to all students receiving public assistance benefits:

  • Provide academic advisement and personal counseling
  • Job preparation and job placement referrals
  • Child care referrals
  • Act as liaison with HRA
  • Assist students with Temporary Aid to Needy Family (TANF)
  • Job placement services are available which include full or part-time job openings in a wide variety of fields
  • Safety Net benefits, Food Stamps, Medicaid, SSI or Unemployment Services
  • Resume writing and interview preparation, individuals job counseling, employment workshops, fulltime job search program, post-employment follow up for at least 90 days

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