August 20, 2015 - The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), recognized the achievements of 58 graduates and the 30 participating companies they have served through the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program (BTTIP)’s 2015 summer cohort.
The program, which is delivered in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, DUMBO Business Improvement District, and New York City College of Technology (City Tech), is designed to fill the need for web programmers, designers, and engineers in Brooklyn’s growing tech and media sectors by delivering qualified students for paid internship positions. Since launching the program in June 2013, City Tech students have completed more than 200 paid internships with technology and media firms throughout DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
In addition to on-the-job experience, this summer, the BTTIP program also featured a weekly professional development workshop series, Beyond Coding, designed, delivered, and hosted by six of the City’s leading tech companies – Foursquare, Kickstarter, Trello, Tumblr, Stack Overflow, and Crest CC. A 10-week summer program offered at no cost to participants, Beyond Coding gives emerging computer programmers and technologists in New York City the professional skills needed to help them succeed in their first job working in the tech sector.
“The Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program is a great example of what we are working to achieve through industry partnerships like the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline. Working with academic institutions and public and private partners we’re together defining employer needs, developing training and education solutions, and connecting New Yorkers to good jobs in the City’s growing tech sector,” said Jackie Mallon, Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development at the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “I congratulate the very talented graduates of this year’s class, and thank participating businesses for equipping City Tech students with the essential workplace experience they will need to excel in tech roles across the NYC economy.”
“The students who have participated in this year’s Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program have been given the unique opportunity to acquire the skills they need to develop their talents as they pursue their future careers,” said Commissioner Cynthia López, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “We’re proud to celebrate the program’s 58 graduates and look forward to seeing their careers flourish.”
“The Brooklyn Navy Yard has enthusiastically helped provide access to the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program for nearly two years, securing over 200 internships for local students,” said David Ehrenberg, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. “The program not only addresses critical workforce needs of designers and high-tech industrial firms in and around the Yard, but offers real-world experiences and on roads to employment for students at NYC College of Technology, a powerful engine for the city's tech workforce needs.”
“City Tech commends the Workforce Development Division of the New York City Department of Small Business Services for the continued support of a unique partnership that has provided the College’s tech-smart students with more than 200 internships and invaluable access to business and industry experiences during the past two years,” said Dr. Russell K. Hotzler, President of New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York. “The program’s success serves to underscore the essential role that public-private partnerships play in developing the skilled workforce needed to keep New York competitive in our changing global economy.”
“The summer intern we were matched with through the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program combined her retail sales experience with her technical skills to configure a set of training games that would teach new retail associates how to sell better,” said Stuart Silverman, CEO of LevelsPro. “Thanks to our summer intern, our business benefited from a unique and fresh approach, developed as a result of her personal experience.”
For more information on the Tech Talent Pipeline and tech training programs available, visit www.techtalentpipeline.nyc.
About the Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business Services helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building a fairer economy in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. For more information on all of SBS' services, go to www.nyc.gov/sbs, call 311, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our blog.
About the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline
Launched in May 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline is a $10 million industry partnership designed to deliver quality jobs for New Yorkers and quality talent for the City’s businesses. The NYC Tech Talent Pipeline works with public and private partners to define employer needs, develop training and education solutions, and prepare homegrown talent for 21st century jobs across the five boroughs. For more information on the Tech Talent Pipeline, visit www.techtalentpipeline.nyc.
About Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting and NYC Media, the official TV and radio network, and media production entity of New York City. The agency serves as the one stop shop for the entertainment industry, promoting the City of New York as a thriving center of creativity, issuing permits for productions filming on public property, and facilitating production throughout the five boroughs. Today, the City hosts record levels of episodic television series as well as hundreds of films each year. Last year, more than 240 films were shot in New York City, and during the 2014-2015 season, 46 episodic series were produced in the City. The City’s production industry employs 130,000 New Yorkers and contributes billions of dollars to the local economy.
About Brooklyn Navy Yard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that manages the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a modern industrial park with over 4 million square feet of space, with the City of New York. BNYDC acts as a landlord to the 7,000+ employees and 330 businesses that inhabit the yard by leasing spaces, developing underutilized areas and overseeing modernization and improvements of infrastructure.
About City Tech
The New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest public college of technology in New York State. Located in Downtown Brooklyn, the College enrolls nearly 17,000 students in 65 baccalaureate, associate and specialized certificate programs. Another 14,000 students enroll annually in adult education and workforce development programs. For more information on City Tech, go to www.citytech.cuny.edu.
About Brooklyn Tech Triangle
The Brooklyn Tech Triangle recognizes DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Navy Yard as New York City’s largest cluster of tech activity outside of Manhattan. The Brooklyn Tech Triangle’s projected job growth over the next two years estimates 18,000 direct jobs and 43,000 indirect jobs as the region rises as a technology hub.
About Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is a not-for-profit local development corporation that serves as the primary champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination.
About DUMBO BID
The DUMBO Improvement District is one of New York’s 69 Business Improvement Districts, established in 2006 by the property owners, merchants, businesses and cultural organizations of DUMBO. The DUMBO Improvement District provides street beautification, neighborhood marketing, and programming of public spaces, advocacy and free Wi-Fi for the neighborhood.