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NEW Awards and Accomplishments

NYCETC Program Participant Achievement Award

In 2010, NEW graduate Tamara Grant won NYCETC Program Participant Award in recognition of her strenght and persistence. With the help of NEW, Tamara Grant has gone from being a single welfare mom to supporting her family as a journeylevel plumber in Plumbers Local Union No. 1.

Tamara Grant says, "The best thing about being a plumber is knowledge.  There's so much to learn. Now we're in the age of green and they are recycling. It's a never-ending process of learning new things."


Robin Hood Hero Award

In 2007, NEW graduate Rochelle James was awarded the 2007 Robin Hood Hero Award in recognition of NEW's work empowering women to earn a living wage and for Rochelle Jame's perseverance and spirit. Rochelle James is a journeywoman and an electrician with Local 3.  Of her work she says, "Being an electrician means I have financial freedom. I can pay my bills. I have a skill I can use anywhere in the world."

In her acceptence speech, Rochelle James said, "I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of NEW and all the women who work in the trades helping to build New York, while making a decent living for themselves and their families."


Heritage Ball Award
In 2006, NEW was awarded The Foundation Award from the Center for Architecture Foundation for improving the diversity of the construction workforce and providing rewarding opportunities for New Yorkers interested in construction careers.

Monica Harwell, Linewoman and NEW Board Director Member, accepting the Foundation Award at the Heritage Ball.

Neighborhood Achievement Award
On July 17, 2006, NEW received the Mayor’s 2006 New York City Neighborhood Achievement Award in the category of Workforce Innovation. This award honors an organization that enhances their community through its creative and effective approach to workforce development. The award highlighted NEW’s capability to provide a model for others to emulate through our training programs, recruitment, and hiring processes.

NEW Staff and Board Members Susan Hayes, Aine Brazil, and Martin Daly at the Neighborhood Achievement Award Ceremony at Gracie Mansion.

Other Achievements
  • In 2005, NEW was appointed by the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO to the Committee for Women in the Trades, whose mission is to increase the number of women in skilled trades careers by promoting strategies for recruitment, retention, and leadership advancement.

  • NEW participated in the Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services, US Department of Labor (OATELS) Technical Assistance Providers Bank Pilot and Demonstration Project, which is aimed at creating a more diverse pool of skilled workers by increasing the number of women and minorities in apprenticeships. As one of a dozen organizations selected, NEW provided technical assistance to several building trade programs throughout the country.

  • NEW participates in Construction Skills 2000, a nonprofit program that offers pre-apprentice training to New Yorkers on public assistance, low-income workers, and vocational high school graduates.

  • NEW is one of the founders of the New York City Employment and Training Coalition, a group of 200 job-training programs that advocate on workforce development issues; and of Tradeswomen Now and Tomorrow (TNT), a national organization addressing issues facing women in blue-collar employment.

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