June 12, 2012 | The University
CUNY in the Heights, which offers continuing education and credit courses to the community, is moving to a state-of-the-art space at the Inwood Center at 5030 Broadway in Manhattan’s Inwood/Washington Heights neighborhood in time for the fall semester.
The program, administered by Hostos Community College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College, has a 15-year lease for 15,000 square feet at the mixed-use, 370,000-square-foot building bounded by Broadway, West 214th Street, Tenth Avenue and West 213th Street.
“CUNY in the Heights will significantly expand its vital higher education services to the community, providing many ladders to careers and educational advancement,” said CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein
The new space will feature classrooms equipped with wireless connections and SMART Boards, computer labs, conference rooms and offices for 150 faculty and staff and will allow the program to operate year-round. CUNY in the Heights has also benefited from capital support by State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.
Executive Director Aldrin Bonilla says the new space is crucial to the program’s continued success. “We have students who come to do everything from upgrading their skills and attaining certification in specific fields to earning their GEDs and learning English as a second language,” he says. “We pride ourselves on offering certifications that lead to employment in a changing economy. Some of our courses help students go straight to credit-bearing courses. They save money because they don’t have to take remedial courses.”
Among the new continuing education and workforce development programs being offered are certificates in allied health careers including nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy. Other programs prepare students for certification and licensing in such diverse fields as personal fitness trainer, graphic design, computer applications in accounting, real estate sales, website design and coding, and security guard. ESL and GED program. College for Kids on Saturday and Summer Camp 2012 engage younger participants.
For more program information visit www.hostos.cuny.edu/contedu/wheights.
Since its inception in 2005, CUNY in the Heights has been housed on three floors at 108 Cooper St. The aging building, the former Good Shepherd School, lacks elevators and central air and would have required extensive, costly renovations to provide state-of-the-art classrooms and to be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
“At our new address, everything will be on the ground floor,” Bonilla says. “And we’ll have central air, which will allow us to stay open all summer and run courses six days a week all year, so we’ll be able to take more students.”
The program, which was designed for residents of northern Manhattan and the northwest Bronx, where there are significant Hispanic, immigrant and working-class populations, attracts about 3,500 students annually; some 40 percent of them now come from other boroughs, notably Brooklyn and Queens.
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