Charles Rangel, Rep. Adriano Espaillat lead Capalino discussion on challenges facing NYC infrastructure

Retired U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel and U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat – his successor in Congress – lead a roster of distinguished speakers in the Capalino webinar, “The Future of New York: The Charles B. Rangel Infrastructure Workforce Initiative,” on Sept. 25. Available in the U.S. and Canada, it starts at 10:30 a.m. Click here to register.

Other speakers include:

Based at The City College of New York, the Charles B. Rangel Infrastructure Workforce Initiative was established to create a pipeline of skilled workers for the rapidly evolving urban landscape. Its innovative curricula includes analytical and operational skills, simulation-based training, and experiential learning. The Initiative prioritizes traditionally underrepresented communities in jobs spanning transportation, energy, buildings, water, food, waste, and digital infrastructures. 

In this webinar, Rangel and the other participants discuss the challenges facing NYC and other cities throughout the 21st century, and the impact that a skilled workforce can make in their modernization. 

Topics include: 

  • Rangel’s legacy in the House of Representatives, his partnership with The City College, and his leadership in the Infrastructure Workforce Initiative; 
  • Prioritizing underrepresented communities in infrastructure industries; and
  • Private and Public sector collaboration in creating a relevant and site-specific curriculum. 

The webinar will be recorded and made available for viewing afterwards.

About the Speakers
Charles Rangel: Known in his Harlem, New York, district as the “Lion of Lenox Avenue,” Representative Charles B. Rangel rose to become the first African-American chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. With a House career that spanned 46 years, he was one of the longest-serving Members of Congress in American history. Read more.

Adriano Espaillat: First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill, and the north-west Bronx. He’s serving his fourth term in Congress. Read more

Carlo A. Scissura, Esq.: At the helm of the New York Building Congress since 2017, Scissura and his team have spurred tremendous growth there. The Building Congress is a broad-based membership association committed to promoting the growth and success of the construction industry in New York City and its environs. Read more.

Dr. Vincent Boudreau: A specialist in the politics of social movements, particularly in Southeast Asia, Boudreau was appointed CCNY president by the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York on December 4, 2017. For three years previous to that, he served as the founding dean of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at CCNY. Read more.

Susan Hinkson-Carling: With a distinguished background in both the public and private sectors, Hinkson-Carling specializes in housing, land use and real estate at Capalino. She holds two law degrees from New York Law School, is a registered architect in New York state and is on the Board of Trustees at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York. Read more.

About the Charles B. Rangel Infrastructure Workforce Initiative
The Charles B. Rangel Infrastructure Workforce Initiative at The City College of New York is a presidential-level initiative designed to operate within the rapidly evolving landscape of workforce development. The nexus of higher education and workforce development is undergoing a profound shift. Traditional higher education enrollments have plummeted, as learners explore diverse pathways beyond degrees. Employers are reevaluating degree requirements, valuing skills over diplomas. Non-degree training has surged, enabling swift skill acquisition, and the narrative has shifted to job-centric learning. The age of skills-based hiring has risen, eclipsing traditional degree-centric evaluations. Online education has surged, accommodating working adults. Read more.

About the City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. Education research organization Degree Choices ranks CCNY #1 nationally among universities for economic return on investment. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi (now Lightcast) puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. This year, CCNY launched its most expansive fundraising campaign, ever. The campaign, titled “Doing Remarkable Things Together” seeks to bring the College’s Foundation to more than $1 billion in total assets in support of the College mission. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

Jay Mwamba
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