CCNY’s Charles B. Rangel Infrastructure Workforce Initiative receives $2.2M from Senators Schumer, Gillibrand and Rep. Espaillat

The Charles B. Rangel Infrastructure Workforce Initiative (RIWI) at The City College of New York is thrilled to announce the receipt of another boost in the form of a $2,200,000 Congressionally Directed Spending award from Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Kristen Gillibrand and Rep. Adriano Espaillat

Named for retired U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel and launched in the spring of 2022. The program aims to address the lack of modern infrastructure jobs in the 13th congressional district and will equip historically underserved communities with analytical and operational skills for those jobs through innovative curricula, simulation-based training, and experiential learning.

RIWI received $1.5 million in federal funding and an initial lead award of $400,000 from CUNY. The initiative also joined the Second Avenue Subway Phase II construction project, providing workforce and training opportunities. 

Other forthcoming opportunities include the Gateway Program and the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Bill passed by Congress.  

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