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Career Training Program

Q: What is the Career Training Program?

A: The Career Training Program (CTP) provides United Federation of Teachers (UFT) educational paraprofessionals an opportunity to acquire up to six (6) college credits at participating colleges during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters through a combination of tuition assistance, released work time and summer stipends.

Q: How will I know if I am eligible to participate?

A: In general, full-time paraprofessionals who are employed by the Department of Education and do not possess a Bachelor's Degree are eligible to participate.  

Q: When are CTP applications available?

A:  Applications will be available online as follows:  

Fall Semester - May 1st through June 30th

Spring Semester - September 1st through October 31st

Summer Semester - February 1st through March 31st 


Q: How will I be notified that my application has been accepted?

A: An Approval Tuition Payment Certification Letter (Voucher) will be sent via email to your NYCDOE email address. Vouchers must be printed, signed, and submitted to the attending college/university bursar’s office. The voucher authorizes the participating college to submit an invoice to the Office of Scholarships, Incentives, and Speech Programs for tuition payment.

Q: Is there a cost for me to participate in the Career Training Program?

A: There is no cost for eligible paraprofessionals to participate in the Career Training Program.

Q: What is a Summer Stipend, and how would I qualify to receive one?

A: A summer stipend is additional money (up to $240.00) made available to eligible Paraprofessionals who are taking a minimum of six (6) credits while enrolled in an accredited college during the summer semester. The Summer Stipend Application can be found on the Career Training Program homepage. The Summer Stipend Application must be signed by the paraprofessional and the participating college or university. Once it is signed, it must be submitted to the Office of Scholarships, Incentives, and Speech Programs with a copy of a bursar's receipt, student transaction report, and transcript/grade report.


Q: What is Release Time?

A: Paraprofessionals who meet the requirements are eligible for release time. Release time cannot be used to attend a college class during regularly scheduled school hours. Release time will be granted, per the UFT contracts, during the fall, spring, and 1st summer semester only to paraprofessionals who are attending an accredited college. Release time during the summer session may be taken, but must be completed by June 30th. Paraprofessionals are encouraged to take courses during the late afternoon, evenings, or weekends to avoid conflict with their work assignments.  Release time shall only be granted to paraprofessionals enrolled in the Career Training Program (CTP) financed by the Division of Human Capital.

Q: If I am on a leave of absence, will I qualify for the Career Training Program?

A: No, only paraprofessionals that are on active payroll are eligible to benefit from the CTP program.

Q: If I have been laid off, will I qualify to participate in the Career Training Program?

A: Laid-off paraprofessionals are eligible to continue their participation in CTP during the semester in which they were laid off.


Q: Which colleges or universities participate in the Career Training Program?

A:  The following colleges are available to eligible UFT paraprofessionals:


         Borough of Manhattan Comminty College
         Bronx Community College
         Guttman Community College
         Hostos Community College
         LaGuardia Community College
         Kingsborough Community College

         Queensborough Community College

     CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (4 Year Programs)
     Bernard M. Baruch College
     Brooklyn College
     City College of New York
     College of Staten Island

     CUNY School of Professional Studies
     Hunter College
     John Jay College
     Lehman College
     Medgar Evers College
     NYC Technical College
     Queens College

     York College

     Empire State College
     SUNY at Old Westbury

     Boricua College
     Mercy College
     Seymour Joseph Institue ASL
     St. Francis College

     Touro College


Long Island University only accepts UFT Paraprofessionals for their undergraduate degree program in teacher education at the School of Education on the Brooklyn Campus. No other LIU programs or campuses are eligible. Applicants must contact the program coordinator for additional program information and admission criteria. 

Long Island University

Charlotte Marchant, Coordinator