Queensborough Community College Receives Major Award from the U.S. Department of Labor* For Allied Health Career Training and Workforce Development
Largest grant ever awarded to Queensborough in the arena of Workforce Development
April 2, 2012
As part of a consortium of eight colleges within the City University of New York – six community colleges, New York City College of Technology, and the College of Staten Island – Queensborough will share in a $20 million, multi-year award from the United States Department of Labor for the program "Career PATH,” to build CUNY's capacity to effectively serve adult learners. The grant award, led by Kingsborough Community College, will give out-of-work and displaced adult learners an opportunity to study and train for in-demand careers in the New York City metropolitan area. According to Assemblywoman Clark, "Doing all we can to make higher education accessible and improve the job marketability of displaced workers, and adult learners is critical to our recovery as a state and nation. We have to train, and in some cases retrain our workers to meet the demands of evolving industries, and technologies”. At QCC, students can earn a non-credit certification as a Medical Office Assistant and earn technical certifications as a Phlebotomy or EKG Technician or CPR/First Aid worker. Students will be equipped to enter the workforce while continuing to build college credits, or earn a 30 college credit certificate in Health Office and Billing/Coder Administration or Medical Office Assistant. Job seekers can also earn an Associate in Applied Science degree as a Medical Office Assistant. All students will take a three credit course in Electronic Health Records which will be transferable to a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management. College advisement, career services, remedial programming and job placement services will also be provided. “We are thrilled to be sponsoring this unique opportunity for job-seeking New Yorkers,” said Denise Ward, Project Director and Dean for Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Queensborough. “Well-trained and certified workers in the allied healthcare field are in demand in New York City and attainment of these skills, certifications and college degrees are a sound stepping-stone for entrée into area healthcare institutions and group doctors’ offices. We will be able to serve hundreds of job seekers during the next three years and hope that many displaced workers will take advantage of this essentially free offering.” The Consortium lead Co-Directors, Kristen Lasky and Stephanie Penceal, expressed their enthusiasm for leading this far-reaching initiative: “I am pleased to have Queensborough as a partner in the CUNY Career PATH consortium. We have a tremendous opportunity to further thousands of New Yorkers’ employment opportunities and educational success,” said Ms. Lasky. Ms. Penceal added, “These difficult economic times have significantly impacted adults who need to acquire additional occupational skills or academic knowledge to obtain gainful employment; this grant will help to address this issue. I am excited about our work ahead.” Queensborough Continuing Education is now running the largest grant award in the College’s history at $2.2 million. The 21st Century Community Learning Center – a U.S. Department of Education grant administered by NYSED – is an after-school program for high school and middle school students that afford them the ability to earn both high school and college credits and pre-college support services. According to Assemblywoman Clark, “A recent article in a local newspaper revealed that many of our students entering CUNY institutions are coming in under prepared for the work load. The CLC ensures that these students are entering college prepared and are no longer relegated to remedial classes.” Queensborough Community College, established in 1960, is located on a lush 37-acre campus in Bayside, New York. The College offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum as well as career and pre-professional courses. Comprising one of the most diverse populations of any college in the U.S., nearly 15,000 students pursue Associate degrees or Certificate programs and another 10,000 students of all ages attend continuing education programs. The College boasts Dual/Joint Degree programs in Nursing, Biotechnology, Criminal Justice and Education with its sister CUNY institutions – Hunter College, York College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Queens College, respectively. Over half of the faculty holds doctorates, compared with 21% of faculty in other community colleges nationwide. *This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the United States Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the United States Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, expressed or implied, with respect to such information, including any information or it’s completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability or ownership.