MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
September 17, 2014
To the Hostos Family:
Welcome to the Fall Semester of 2014 at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College. I am very pleased to be rejoining the Hostos family at such an exciting time. Hostos has always had a special place in my heart, and I view the opportunity as both an honor and a privilege.
The academic year is off to a great start with Hostos being named as a Top 10 Finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Considered the most prestigious honor for community colleges throughout the nation, the Aspen Prize is awarded to “the best of the best” in the areas of student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. Being recognized among the top 10 validates the work of this institution.
And there’s more, this month Hostos was awarded a five-year, $2.6 million Title V grant from the Department of Education to establish “ADELANTE” a program designed to reinvigorate, enhance, and accelerate progress through the developmental sequence, as well as enhance college credit courses and expand faculty development and research immersion.
Even more impressive is to think that almost concurrently Hostos received a CUNY 2020 grant from Governor Andrew Cuomo to bolster all the College’s Allied Health programs by allowing the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment while simultaneously launching an innovative media design incubator lab.
And if that weren’t enough, through a $1 million grant from JPMorgan Chase, Hostos, in partnership with Phipps Neighborhoods and Montefiore Health System, together created “Career Network: Healthcare Partnership in the South Bronx.” The employer-driven program secures employment and/or education for young adults through training and career exploration geared toward healthcare-related fields.
These are just a few of the impressive accomplishments Hostos has achieved. Throughout its existence, Hostos has been and continues to be an extraordinary educational agent of change, transforming and improving the quality of life of the individuals that come through its doors, as well as the South Bronx and surrounding communities.
I can honestly say that Hostos is reaping what it sowed 46 years ago.
Thank you all for helping Hostos grow to such great heights and for welcoming me back into the family!
My very best regards,