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February 15, 2008

Congresswoman Velázquez Presents
$195,000 in Federal Funds
to Chinese-American Planning Council

Funding Secured in FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) yesterday evening presented a check for $195,000 to the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) for the expansion of its counseling, English language education, vocational training and work placement programs.

“I am pleased to secure federal funding to support the efforts of the Chinese-American Planning Council, and I will continue to bring the resources needed to help invigorate and grow the local economy,” Congresswoman Velázquez said.  “The CPC’s classes and services have helped thousands of newly-arrived immigrants gain the skills they need for a smooth transition into American life.”

Congresswoman Velázquez successfully secured the $195,000 of funding in the Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill to assist in the expansion of the CPC’s Employment & Training program. 

Since 1965, CPC has provided placement services, job-readiness training, employment counseling and other support services to help newly-arrived immigrants integrate into the American workforce.  The Employment & Training program currently serves 500 workers per year – educating them in seven different vocational programs.  In addition, CPC provides English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to approximately 400 adults, many of whom also participate in their vocational training programs.