• Special Programs
  • CUNY EDGE (Formerly known as COPE)


    CUNY EDGE is funded by and operated in collaboration with the Family Independence Administration of City of New York Human Resource Administration (HRA). Services are available to anyone who is a current or former CUNY student or applicant, and who is receiving public assistance cash benefits (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Safety Net Family Assistance, Safety Net Single Assistance).


    CUNY EDGE offers a variety of services that help students meet college degree goals and HRA requirements so that they can graduate and get jobs that will lead to long-term economic self-sufficiency.


    Services Include: 

    • Assistance with completing HRA forms (School Letter) for carfare and childcare needs
    • Informational mailings and seminars to keep students informed of public assistance requirements
    • Referrals to other agencies as needed
    • Referrals to work-study, internships and work experience
    • Personal counseling preparing for HRA appointments and meeting workfare requirements without interfering with their class schedule

    Job placement services include:

    • Assistance with resume writing and interview preparation
    • Full or part time job openings in a wide variety of fields
    • Individual and group counseling
    • Dress for success outfits, metro card incentives, workshops and seminars
    • Job preparation, placement and follow up

    CUNY EDGE ALSO OFFERS:
    The Graduation Success Initiative (GSI).  GSI is a year-long, structured academic and personal support program designed to help motivated public assistance’ students graduate within one year.  GSI enables students on public assistance to devote more time to their studies and focus on the academic and professional skills that will effectively prepare them for a competitive workforce.
    For more information please visit: http://www.cuny.edu/gsi

    WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM (WEP)
    This program permits full-time TANF students to meet their workfare obligation in specially developed WEP assignments that do not interfere with college attendance. On campus WEP is available to students enrolled at LaGuardia Community College. CUNY WEP is operated in collaboration with the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI). All CUNY WEP assignments are arranged and monitored by JCCGCI.
    For more information please visit the CUNY EDGE office located in MB-13 or visit: http://www.cuny.edu/cope



    CUNY EDGE DIRECTORY
    Room: MB-13
    Long Island City, NY 11101


    Director
    Ada Bedor
    Telephone: (718) 482-5445
    Email: adab@lagcc.cuny.edu 
    Advisor
    Kimberlee Vogel 
    Telephone: (718) 482-5491
    kvogel@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Advisor
    Naji Muniz
    Telephone: (718) 482-5647 
    Email: nmuniz@lagcc.cuny.edu 
    Advisor
    Jessica Rodriquez
    Telephone: (718) 482-5492
    Email: jesrodriquez@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Career Specialist
    Erica Guzman
    Phone: (718) 482-5645
    Mail: eguzman@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Attendance Monitor
    Tatyana Fridrikova
    Phone: (718) 482-5918
    Email: tfridrikova@lagcc.cuny.edu


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