The Year Up Program

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The Year Up Program (New York / New Jersey)

Year Up (YU) is a one-year training tuition-free program offering access to today's best companies with a proven path to career success. We provide young adults with hands-on skill development opportunities, a corporate internship, and an educational stipend as they complete their Associate’s degree at HCCC. Students gain communication, interviewing, networking, and resume-building skills. They also receive ongoing mentorship and guidance to launch a career in business, accounting, banking, finance, software development, or information technology.

Program Information

During the first semester of the Year Up Program, students will register full-time and take courses with the Year Up cohort. In the second semester, the student will spend 35 hours/week at a professional internship that we secure for you while you continue to take courses toward your degree with your Year Up Cohort.

To be considered for the program, prospective students should be enrolled or willing to enroll at HCCC. If enrolled at HCCC, current students must be:

  • 18-29 years old by the date of application
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • College-level English and Algebra ready
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Interested in a business, finance or technology career
  • Highly motivated to learn professional skills

To apply and become a participant in the Year Up Program click here.
You can check the status of your application by clicking here.

Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education. 

  • Support in launching a professional career.
  • 35 hours/week in a professional internship during the second semester.
  • Internship partners include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, American Express, and many more.
  • 85% of Year Up alumni are employed and/or attending college full-time within four months of graduation and earn an average annual income of $54,000.

Our job training program is 100% tuition-free. Plus, you also earn an educational stipend throughout the program.

New Year Up cohorts begin with the start of every Fall and Spring semester. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled. We encourage you to apply early as space is limited.

  • With the skills and the opportunity to succeed, there’s no limit to what you can do. Sign up to learn more.

Year Up is a 3-step job training program that takes 1 year or less to complete. The first phase of the program takes place in a classroom setting where students learn the ins and outs of their specific training pathway and develop professional and personal skills alongside a community that empowers them to reach their full potential. In the second phase of the program, students will be placed into a corporate internship where they will apply their newly acquired skills. Following graduation from YearUp, support staff will guide the student through every part of the job search to ensure success.

Contact Information
If you are interested in learning more about the Year Up program, or you have attended an information session and have questions please contact:

Maria Carrera

Maria Carrera, Portfolio Management Assistant at Bank of America

NY Year Up Program, Class of January 2015

"When I started Year Up, I was 24 years old and had just gotten my permanent resident status. I came to the U.S. from Guatemala when I was thirteen to my parents- my dad for the very first time. All at once, I had to adjust to a different language, a different culture, and a different family. Despite not knowing English at first, I progressed through high school at a normal pace. But as graduation approached, I realized I could not apply for college because of my immigration status… Year Up teaches both hard and soft skills that provide students with the tools they need to succeed both inside and outside of the workplace. From email etiquette to knowing the value of a firm handshake, the skills I learned from Year Up enabled me to excel in my internship at Bank of America and in my current role with the bank. As my manager Fran says, we could all use 'a little Year Up' in those areas… As a graduate of Year Up, I feel a responsibility to keep opportunity open for the interns that will follow me at Bank of America by demonstrating the value that Opportunity Youth can bring to the workplace."



Contact Information

HCCC Enrollment Services
70 Sip Avenue - First Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 714-7200 or text (201) 509-4222

You can also turn to these departments for specific questions: