The West Harlem Skills Training Center

About Us

What We Do

In 2016, West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) collaborated with West Harlem Group Assistance to establish the West Harlem Skills Training Center (WHSTC) at 500 West 134th Street to assist West Harlem residents with job placement and training. In its first year, job placement was 30% higher than the norm. From 2013 through 2019, WHDC has made grant awards of $1.4 million to 27 nonprofit organizations to assist residents of MCD9 with employment and skills acquisition.

Mission & Vision

Community First


West Harlem Skills Training Center’s aim is to empower growth in a multi-phase development project, focusing on assisting disadvantaged men, women, and youth to achieve a self-sufficient and productive life.

WHSTC serves as an instrument for economic and career development, training, and goal setting in competitive, industrial related fields.


When you contribute to the future of a community, you are making an investment that will bring years of interest and dividend. No other venture is as worthwhile or will bring greater returns. Buying into the future of a community can bring nothing but positive results and value.

Hours & Location

Center Hours
8 AM to 4 PM

West Harlem Skills Training Center
500 West 134th St.
(Corner of Amsterdam Avenue)
New York, NY 10031

Who We Serve

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) is a consequence of the 25-year campus expansion project of Columbia University in the City of New York. To facilitate this significant development, Columbia University signed the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) on May 18, 2009. The West Harlem Development Corporation is charged with implementing the CBA for the benefit of residents in the West Harlem community.

The West Harlem Skills Training Center serves Manhattan Community District 9, encompassing West Harlem from Morningside Heights up to Sugar Hill. The district includes all of 10031 and portions of the following zip codes: 10027, 10025, 10032, and 10039.