Cultural and Language Training

Cross-cultural training can help employees continue to connect to their culture and members of their respective communities. It can assist employees as they transition into new communities while still connecting with and meeting new people whom they have cultural similarities to. Below are some cultural centers that exists in Westchester County. Keep in mind that local municipalities could also have additional cultural centers that are smaller in nature but made up of local members of the community.

India Center of Westchester     

http://indiacenter.us/index.html

This organization seeks to marshal and centralize the rich heritage that is India, its extensive and colorful cultural diversity and give it a home here in Westchester.

Westchester Italian Cultural Center       

http://wiccny.org/

Westchester Italian Cultural Center provides programs for people of all ages, all ethnicities, and from all walks of life. WICC reaches a broad audience and their members come from all over the tri-state area. WICC has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors since opening its doors on September 2007. WICC is unique in that they offer one cohesive and progressive Italian culture in a variety of different ways – through exhibits celebrating various artists, sculptors, scientists, and through language classes, films and lectures, concerts, culinary and wine events – and always as a warm and welcoming destination.

Alliance Francaise          

https://afwestchesterny.org/

Founded in 1962, AFW is the Westchester County, NY chapter of the Alliance Française. AFW offers a wide range of courses in the French language at all levels to all ages. AFW offers a variety of social and cultural events, including lectures, discussion groups, cooking classes, book clubs, French food and wine tastings and celebrations of Francophone holidays.

Berlitz  

https://www.berlitz.com/language-centers/white-plains

Berlitz offers a range of language and culture courses for adults, kids and teens, businesses, and more. Berlitz takes the experience they have gained over the last 140+ years to give you the language skills, cultural understanding and confidence to open up a world full of new opportunities and enriching experiences - and help you, your business and the world make the connections that open the world to possibilities.

Chinese Language Program        

http://mandarinlanguageclasses.com/

CLP offers mommy and me, preschool, after-school programs, and a full immersion summer camp that surrounds children in the Mandarin (Chinese) language. At CLP young children naturally learn the Mandarin Language through interactive play, song, dance, drama, and games. CLP's unique method of teaching has proven a success as their students continue their lessons year after year with the joy of learning Mandarin.

German International School New York

https://www.gisny.org/

The German International School New York is a Pre-K through Grade 12 college preparatory institution, which confers both the German Abitur and the New York State High School Diploma on its graduates. They challenge their students to take advantage of the rigorous academic instruction with its emphasis on critical thinking, as well as the multi-lingual, cross-cultural setting, to grow into socially and environmentally aware global citizens.

Pace University English Language Institute

https://www.pace.edu/eli/contact-us#westchester%20campus

The English Language Institute at Pace University offers a wide range of American English language programs. It offers intensive English language courses for people wanting to improve their general English, academic English and test preparation courses for students planning to study in an American university and business English and cross-cultural training courses for professionals.

Westchester Community College

https://www.sunywcc.edu/continuing-ed/esl/

Westchester Community College serves over 5,000 English as Second Language (ESL) students annually, more than any other educational institution in Westchester County. Six levels of ESL instruction are offered in their English Language Institute. Each level provides balanced instruction and active practice in all English language skills: listening, speaking (including pronunciation), standard grammar, reading, and writing. The college also offers regularly scheduled U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation classes.

Our Incentives

Westchester County’s various incentives help support startups, assist not-for-profits, and promote economic development through creating, attracting and retaining jobs, and more.

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Industrial Development Agency

Sales tax exemptions on new construction, expansion or renovation projects, or the acquisition of new equipment, and more help companies grow and prosper.

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Local Development Corporation

Since its inception in 2012, we’ve assisted not-for-profit organizations in securing tax-exempt bond financing benefits totaling over $400 million—at no cost or risk to the taxpayers of Westchester County.

Our Programs

Westchester County offers programs and services to assist and incentivize businesses.

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Element 46 Incubator

The new Element 46 Incubator program kicked off in 2019 to inspire and support entrepreneurial talent and the development of new businesses in the County. Nearly a hundred business leaders will serve as mentors to startups, offering their expertise, time, and support.

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Minority and Women-Owned Business Program

Westchester works to encourage, promote and increase participation of business enterprises owned and controlled by persons of color or women.

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Opportunity Zones

This new community investment tool established by Congress in 2017 encourages long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.

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Service-Disabled Veteran - Owned Business Program

Westchester encourages and supports eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state's economy by increasing their participation in New York State's contracting opportunities.

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Disadvantaged Business Program

This federally regulated program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

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