Education and Training at PICCED
Education and Training at PICCED
The Pratt Center (PICCED) offers education and training programs for people
of diverse backgrounds and widely varying formal academic preparation.
Individuals design courses of study to meet their specific project needs
or long-term career objectives in a program that combines fundamental
planning and development theory with practical hands-on experience. PICCED
has an extensive record in offering training and education programs to
residents of low-income neighborhoods who are seeking to actively participate
in the development of their communities.
Introductory workshops on community economic development are offered
for national organizations, community organizers, and neighborhood residents.
PICCED also periodically conducts special seminars which address specific
policy issues that impact the quality of life in urban areas.
The primary training program offered by PICCED is the Pratt Community
Economic Development Internship, a one-year certificate program that
enables the staff of community-based nonprofits and related public agencies
to apply the skills acquired in workshop sessions to actual housing
and economic development projects or programs that they are currently
planning or implementing for their organizations. As the primary source
of training in community economic development in the tri-state region,
the Internship has become a door of opportunity for populations (particularly
minorities and women) that have been traditionally underrepresented
in the fields of urban planning and development. Affiliated with the
Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, the Internship enables
its graduates to earn up to 30 credits of advanced standing in the Graduate
Program in City and Regional Planning. Through this program, Pratt is
not only able to increase the number of minorities and women who hold
degrees in urban planning, but it is able to expand the cadre of skilled
development professionals in the New York City area with a commitment
to improving the physical, social, and economic conditions of low- and
moderate-income urban communities. To date, the Internship has provided
intensive training to almost 250 community leaders throughout the region.
Pratt's Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment offers a range
of graduate degree opportunities. Centered on a Core Program in City
and Regional Planning there are special concentrations in Community
Economic Development, Environmental Planning and Management Systems,
Historic Preservation, and Combined Degree Programs in Architecture
and Planning, and Planning and Law.
In addition, PICCED develops curricula and organizational development
programs for nonprofit entities engaged in community revitalization.
Principle areas of training include strategic planning, staff capacity
building, and leadership and board development. This past year, we created
a community economic development curriculum and training materials for
a national training series sponsored by the federal Center for Substance
Abuse Prevention. This initiative was developed to prompt neighborhood-based
groups and city-wide agencies throughout the country to engage in dialogue
and create partnerships that will use community economic development
strategies to help reduce the factors that lead to substance abuse in
low-income communities. PICCED has provided training to nonprofit-public
partnerships in over six states.
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