Open House for Accelerated CASAC Certificate Program at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Adult and Continuing Education at Medgar Evers College will hold an open house for its Accelerated Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) program on Friday, May 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The program, which has recently been approved by the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), is designed for substance abuse counselors, social workers, and other health care professionals seeking an accelerated route to completion of their CASAC Educational Requirements.

“I am so excited about this Accelerated CASAC Program,” said instructor and program coordinator Ronda Marrimon, LMSW / CASAC. “The program is unique in that in 12 months or less the full-time professional student can not only meet their CASAC Educational Requirements but can also walk on graduation day with their OASAS Certified CASAC-Trainee Certificate in their hand.”

The Accelerated Program offers 25 to 350 credit hours of education as set forth by OASAS to qualify for the CASAC-Trainee Certificate (CASAC-T), Certified Prevention Professional Certificate (CPP), Certified Prevention Specialist Certificate (CPS) and CASAC Certificate. Classes will meet three evenings weekly from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. After each course is completed an official certificate of completion will be issued. Other benefits of the program include assistance with internship placements, CASAC job search assistance, and resume reviews.

“Even OASAS was impressed with the innovative design of this new Accelerated CASAC Program,” said Jonathan Bissell, Director of Adult and Continuing Education. “I believe the Accelerated CASAC Program at Medgar Evers College will be a ‘game-changer’ for CASAC instruction in New York State.”

The program will be taught by a distinguished professional faculty drawn from the field of human services and includes four major sections: Section One includes 85 clock hours related to knowledge of alcoholism and substance abuse; Section Two includes 150 clock hours related to alcoholism and substance abuse counseling; Section Three includes 70 clock hours related to assessment, clinical evaluation treatment planning and patient family community education; Section Four includes 45 clock hours related to professional and ethical responsibilities.

The total cost of the Accelerated Program, if paid all at once, is $4660. Individual course fees are $325 for 25 clock-hour courses, $455 for 35 clock-hour courses, and $585 for 45 clock-hours courses. Individual course registration includes a $20 registration fee per course and a one-time certificate fee of $25.

To RSVP for the Open House contact DeCarla Anderson at (718) 270-6401 or by email at

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1969 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.