Community College News

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu and Congresswoman Grace Meng toured workforce development and job training initiatives at Queensborough Community College

January 29, 2015 | Queensborough Community College

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu joined U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) during a visit of Queensborough Community College in Bayside where they toured the school’s job training, career preparation and workforce development initiatives, on Friday, January 23.

LaGuardia Community College Professor Arthur Simms Wins SJ Weiller Fund Award

January 26, 2015 | LaGuardia Community College

Arthur Simms started the year on a roll.

A week before his December 15Th birthday Simms, a sculptor and Director of LaGuardia Community College’s Art Program, learned he had been awarded tenure.

LaGuardia Community College Theater Students to Perform at Kennedy Center Festival

January 20, 2015 | LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia’s Bengal Tiger is a good tiger indeed!

LaGuardia Community College’s production of Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize nominated play, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” beat out more than thirty colleges nationally to claim a spot at the Kennedy Center’s American Collegiate Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region 1.

Diversity is the Hallmark of Queensborough’s Nursing Graduates

January 16, 2015 | Queensborough Community College

Nearly half of the 39 nursing graduates who celebrated at Queensborough’s traditional Candlelighting Ceremony are originally from Asia, Africa, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The ceremony, which was held in the Humanities Theatre on January 7, included 7 men—a full 20% of the graduating class and twice the national average.

The Passion of Tango, the Romance of Ballet and a Spiritual Medium Begin the Spring 2015 Season at Queensborough’s Performing Arts Center (QPAC)

January 15, 2015 | Queensborough Community College

“We are delighted to welcome such a rich variety of distinguished performers,” said Susan Agin, Executive & Artistic Director, QPAC, adding that “these exciting shows offer superb entertainment for all ages at an affordable price! Come on down to QPAC, which has just been named the “Best in Queens” for live theatre.”

BMCC Freshman Learning Academy Wins New Grant

January 9, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

The Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Freshman Learning Academy, or FLA, has won a $115,000 grant from The New York Community Trust, or NYCT. It’s the third grant the New York City non-profit foundation has awarded BMCC’s three-year-old Learning Academy. The latest gift will allow the intensive “hands-on approach” program to retain students for three […]

The Future Members of Criminal Justice

January 9, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

The Borough of Manhattan Community College Criminal Justice Program can help change the way communities are policed, according to participants and organizers at BMCC’s Situating Ferguson Event held December 3. Around 60 students attended the two-part presentation; “What to do When Stopped by the Police: Know Your Rights, led by recently elected Civil Court Judge […]

Celebrating the Big 5-0

January 9, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

The College Discovery program, active in all six CUNY community colleges, just celebrated its 50-year anniversary in a gala celebration at the CUNY Graduate Center. Pedro Pérez, Director of BMCC’s College Discovery Program, opened the event. “Turning 50 is scary,” he said, “but tonight it is cause for celebration. Why? Because for 50 years, College […]

A Special Thanks to the Derfner Foundation

January 9, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College, Uncategorized

Jay Lieberman and the Derfner Foundation give BMCC the gift of a state-of-the-art communication skills lab. A dedication ceremony and reception celebrating the new Derfner Foundation Communication Center was held recently on BMCC’s main campus. BMCC President Antonio Pérez, Provost Karrin Wilks and others extended a special thanks to the Derfner Foundation and Jay Lieberman, […]

Lifetime Achiever

January 9, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College, Uncategorized

BMCC was still in its first decade when Gay Brookes joined the faculty as a young ESL instructor. Richard Nixon was in the White House. Barack Obama was 11. And the subway fare was 35 cents. Brookes’ retirement at the end of this semester will mark the first time in over 40 years that she […]

LaGuardia Community College Foundation Installs Two New Members to Board of Directors

January 8, 2015 | LaGuardia Community College

Nicolas Nicolaou and Larry Solomon were sworn in on December 2 as new LaGuardia Community College board members.

LaGuardia President Gail O. Mellow welcomed them to the board. “I am excited about the growth of our board,” she said. “Their wealth of experience in our community is essential to our fundraising efforts. I am confident that they will bring creative ideas and new energy to the group.”

Kingsborough Culinary Arts Program Students Win Silver and Bronze Medals at Salon of Culinary Art Competition

January 7, 2015 | Kingsborough Community College, Uncategorized

Kingsborough Community College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that students from its Culinary Arts program were awarded silver and bronze medals at the 146th Salon of Culinary Art competition held at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) in New York. Students and professionals present their best to a […]

Singapore Prime Minister Office Delegation Visits Kingsborough to Learn About Models of Continuing Education And Lifelong Learning

December 30, 2014 | Kingsborough Community College

Kingsborough Community College (KCC) recently welcomed a delegation from the Office of the Prime Minister of Singapore and members of the country’s newly-established SkillsFuture Council to the campus for a meeting and presentation of the College’s Continuing Education and My Turn programs, and a discussion of best practices. Office of Continuing Education Dean Christine Beckner […]

Statement on the Deaths of Kingsborough Alumnus NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu and Officer Rafael Ramos

December 23, 2014 | Kingsborough Community College

It is with deep sadness I confirm that one of the NYPD officers killed on Saturday, Officer Wenjian Liu, belonged to our family of proud Kingsborough Community College alumni. Officer Liu began his higher education pursuits as a Business major at the College of Staten Island in 2001, subsequently transferring to Kingsborough in 2004, and […]

The New York Times—Story About the Challenge of Teaching in Community Colleges

December 23, 2014 | LaGuardia Community College

The New York Times article discusses Eduardo Vianna’s teaching practices and the obstacles he faces as a professor, as well as the obstacles students face when engaging in a class room setting.

Kingsborough’s COPE Program Receives Donations of Toys and Coats from the Atlantis Cricket Club

December 18, 2014 | Kingsborough Community College

Kingsborough’s College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment (COPE) program received a holiday donation of toys and coats for the families of students who participate in the program.  For the past six years Atlantis Cricket Club – NY has collected toys at its annual holiday party and donated them to the KCC COPE program. “I saw […]

Kingsborough Student Itrat Batool Joins United States Education Department Secretary Arne Duncan for Special Screening f I Learn America Documentary and Panel Discussion

December 17, 2014 | Kingsborough Community College

Itrat is among five immigrant students featured in “I Learn America” Kingsborough Community College student Itrat Batool, (pictured above and farthest right), traveled to Washington, DC on Monday to join 400 students and other guests for a special screening of I Learn America, a documentary in which she was featured. Itrat was among a special group […]


December 17, 2014 | Bronx Community College

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL 10 A.M. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014 Unique public/private sector partnership strengthens the borough’s position in a high growth field December 19, 2014 — Eduardo J. Martí, Interim President of Bronx Community College, Michael Ianelli, Vice President of the BRAM Auto Group, with 18 dealerships in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, […]

BMCC Exploring Affordable Textbook Alternatives

December 16, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

A recent highly interactive forum at Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Hudson Room highlighted an ongoing campus-wideconversation about the impact high-priced textbookshave on student learning. It also helped participants understand more affordable alternatives such as Open Educational Resources, or OER. OER are learning materials that are available at no cost to faculty and students and […]

A Day in the Life of MECA

December 16, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

It’s been only three months since Manhattan Early College School for Advertising opened its doors to its first freshman class. But in that short time, MECA has evolved into a hive of academic rigor and creative engagement, pulsing with activity. It’s a busy place—and unlike any other high school in New York City. MECA’s unique […]