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Programs providing employment assistance including job training, anti-discrimination and organizing

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  • Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Center

    Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division provides organized and sequential High School Equivalency Diploma classes, adult literacy, community education, and career and technical education programs relevant for all adult students. The workforce education is centered on resume writing and job searches. All participants 17 and older with a high school diploma are eligible. Classes are provided only in English.


    389 Virginia Street
    Buffalo, NY 14201


    Amanda Vellake
    (716) 888-7088 ext 119

  • Department of Labor

    Department of Labor helps eligible job seekers find employment and ensures that all workers receive the rights and protections of New York's labor laws. It also provides support for farms, business owners' education compliance, labor protection against trafficking, foreign guest worker support, and so on. All immigrants, farmworkers, horserace track workers, and business owners are eligible. All staff members speaks Spanish and 200+ language services are available.


    290 Main street
    Buffalo, NY 14202
    (Not open to public)


    Eric Denk
    (607) 778-2836

  • University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

    The Educational Opportunity Center provides an Allied Health program (job training to become sterilizer, etc.), academic education (GED, ESL), and vocational education (security guard, google IT, etc.). All who have resided in New York State for at least 12 months and are at the poverty level are eligible. Courses are only offered in English.



    555 Ellicott Street Buffalo
    NY 14203


    The admissions office

  • Erie 1 BOCES

    Erie 1 BOCES provides Adult Career Programs such as nursing, skilled training (welding and manufacture), and appearance enhancement (cosmetics and haircutting) as well as Adult Education and ESL. All participants 18 or older with a recommended high school diploma and HS equivalency are eligible. Classes are offered only in English.


    Central Office:
    355 Harlem Road
    West Seneca, NY 14224


    Christine McHale
    (716) 821-7500

  • Harvest House

    Harvest House is a community wellness center and a medical facility. It provides opportunities for students in the medical and dental fields to finish their clinical hours. It also provides Adult Education through partnerships with schools and BOCES1. All low-income residents are eligible, and language services can be offered in Spanish.


    175 Jefferson Avenue
    Buffalo, NY 14210


    Beth Dudek
    (716) 824-7818

  • Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI)

    Westminster Economic Development Initiative’s Small Business Development program aids both existing and potential small business owners in the area. Services include coaching, financial mentoring, micro-financing, low-interest loans, networking/marketing opportunities, and microenterprise incubation. The West Side Bazaar is located in an ethnically diverse neighborhood commercial district in Buffalo. All are eligible and ASL services are available.


    436 Grant Street
    Buffalo, NY 14213


    Bart Eskind
    (716) 393-4088