COPE was created to provide job-readiness training leading to employment. The Board of Directors of our parent organization, Agudath Israel of America, concerned that quality business-related training with high chances of employment was not readily available, desired to create an institution to provide such training. The training would be of relatively short duration and relevant employment needs of the business community.
The Board, calling upon its own resources and that of members of the parent organization, consulted extensively with business leaders to determine the feasibility of such a school and the direction it should take. COPE was founded in 1977.