Sharpen Your Skills with CUNY’s Adult and Continuing Education Choices

November 29, 2006 | The University

Nearly a quarter-of-a-million New Yorkers benefit from the City University of New York’s adult and continuing education and professional programs, which are flexible, low-cost and conveniently located throughout New York City.

“CUNY offers more adult and continuing education courses and opportunities than any other leading educational institution in New York City,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. “Our high-quality, low-cost programs are conveniently located throughout the five boroughs.”

They include a wide variety of certificate, college-prep, workforce development, language skills, and technology programs to meet the educational and employment needs of New Yorkers.

As part of its effort to further enhance and expand the program, the University has hired Suri Duitch for the newly created position of University Director of Adult and Continuing Education, effective November 27, 2006. She is presently Director of Program Development for CUNY’s School of Professional Studies, where she worked on all aspects of the school’s development and played a key role in launching a variety of credit bearing and non-credit programs, certificates and courses.

John Mogulescu, Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Professional Studies, said: “I have been deeply impressed with Ms. Duitch’s intelligence, commitment to our students, and ability to work with faculty, campus administrators and central office officials. I am confident that she will enhance our ability to secure additional funding, develop new programs, and further increase student enrollment throughout the five boroughs.”

It is easier than ever for New Yorkers to find courses to sharpen their skills, or classes to expand their minds, at a campus location near their own neighborhoods. They can visit www.CUNY.edu/continuinged, the University’s adult and continuing education website, to pick from thousands of courses.

For example, Hostos Community College, located in the Bronx, has business and professional development offerings that range from bookkeeping and accounting, to food service operations, events planning, income tax preparation, and obtaining a real estate certificate.

At Brooklyn College, the Renal Dialysis Technician Training Program covers how to maintain hemodialysis equipment, patient care, and the nutritional and psychosocial aspects of renal disease. Meanwhile, the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver certification course offers training in CPR, use of an automated external defribrillator, and the relief of foreign body airway obstruction for Health Aids, Security Guards and others who may need to respond to workplace emergencies.

City College’s Construction Management Training program, which began last year with a seminal course offered by Turner Construction Inc., has been expanded this year with courses in Cost Estimating, Construction Materials, and HPD’s Contractors Training Program. The classes are offered on CCNY’s campus, located in Harlem.

Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Medical and Healthcare Certification program features both online and in-class courses for Medical Billing and Coding, and Medical Office Assistant Administration. In addition, there’s a special career placement program for Medical Assistant Specialist. BMCC is located in lower Manhattan.

Continuing education at CUNY isn’t just for adults. For example, the College for Kids program is administered through the campuses’ continuing education offices. It enables children from K through 12 to supplement their regular studies by enrolling in academic, remedial and enrichment classes that meet on weekends and during the summer.

Virtually all of the CUNY campuses offer opportunities for adults to enhance their basic skills, including adult literacy courses, high school equivalency preparation, and ESL programs.

Student enrollments in CUNY’s adult and continuing education classes have soared to nearly 247,000 during the past ten years, an increase of more than 60 percent.

Prior to joining CUNY, Ms. Duitch was Executive Director of Workforce Training Initiatives at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, where she also was Director of Policy and Program Development. She has also worked at Safe Horizon, as its Administrative Director, and at the Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York, and the Human Services Council of NYC. A graduate of Columbia University, she earned her MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work and is presently pursuing her doctorate in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate School.

The City University of New York is the nation’s largest urban public university: eleven senior colleges, six community colleges, the CUNY Honors College, the Graduate Center, the Graduate School of Journalism, the Law School, the School of Professional Studies and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The University serves more than 226,000 degree-credit students and nearly 247,000 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 200 high schools throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York. The University has launched an on-line baccalaureate degree through the School of Professional Studies, and a new Teacher Academy offering free tuition for highly motivated mathematics and science majors who seek teaching careers in the city’s public schools.