About Us

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
9 AM to 5 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.

In 2017, WHDC partnered with West Harlem Group Assistance to open the West Harlem Skills Training Center to assist West Harlem residents with job placement and training.The Training Center serves Manhattan Community District 9, encompassing West Harlem from Morningside Heights up to Hamilton Heights.

Skills Training Center Staff
Migdalia Rodriguez Skills Center Manager mrodriguez@westharlemdc.org 646.518.4760 x301
Faheem Abdur-Razzaaq Arise! Assistant Program Manager fabdurr@westharlemdc.org 646.518.4760 x302