Rusk Renovations News

Fatherhood Initiative


On September 12, 2012 partners Mary Kocy and John Rusk attended the first graduation ceremony of the CUNY Fatherhood Academy, where two of their permanent employees, Wael Ali and David Jamison were among the graduates.


Fatherhood Academy, Sept. 2012

Principal and Human Resources manager of Rusk Renovations, Mary Kocy stated, “Since its inception, the employees that were presented to us from the academy have been nothing less than stellar, displaying expert professionalism, and a strong interest in their continued professional training with us at Rusk.  We are more than excited to have them working with us, and look forward to their growth within the company.”


Both Ali and Jamison, among others have utilized the program to complete their GED requirements.   Wael Ali stated, “The program was awesome, it helped me out a lot.[The CUNY Fatherhood Academy] really care about you, and we became like family. It gave me a second chance at doing what I love to do, and I couldn't have asked for more than that.” 


The Fatherhood Academy works to develop job skills, foster child/father socialization techniques, provide educational opportunities, including college prep, and individualized personal development.


John Rusk of Rusk Renovations stated, “Our goal at Rusk is to hire laborers who are smart, and willing to be trained and engage in our extensive programs, so they can grow with us as framing carpenters, then finish carpenters, and continue into being site supervisors.  These guys are just that—incredibly dedicated to what we believe in, which is quality craftsmanship-because they believe it too.”


Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke to the program’s first graduating class.  “We cannot overestimate the importance that fathers play in their children’s lives.” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The CUNY Fatherhood Academy is promoting the goals of the Young Men’s Initiative to strengthen family connections and educational and employment opportunities by teaching young fathers to become responsible caregivers, while helping them learn skills that will increase their employment options.”


The CUNY Fatherhood Academy is a public/private partnership program based out of LaGuardia Community College, with assistance from The Open Societies Foundation, The Mayor’s fund to Advance New York City, The Fund for Public Schools, and The Center for Economic opportunity.