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HOSTOS HIRES NEW DIRECTOR FOR JEFFERSON HOUSES JOBS-PLUS PROGRAM

Monday, September 12, 2011 (Bronx, NY) – Continuing its commitment of developing strong community based initiatives, Hostos Community College has named Mr. Corwin L. Spivey as the new Project Director of Jefferson Houses Jobs-Plus in East Harlem, the leading workforce initiative the college spearheads. Jobs-Plus is a multi-component employment initiative pilot program launched three years ago by the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity out of the Mayor’s Office in partnership with the Human Resources Administration, NYCHA, CUNY Central and it is administered by Hostos Community College of the City University of New York.

Prior to joining Jobs-Plus, Mr. Spivey served as Deputy Director for programs at the New York Urban League. Mr. Spivey is a respected leader with over 20 years of experience managing and developing workforce development programs in New York City. Mr. Corwin L. Spivey began his post on Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

“The opportunity of leading Jefferson Houses Jobs-Plus  towards a new benchmark is a source of pride because this particular pilot project has become the rubric for another six such workforce initiatives that will be opening in New York City in the coming year. I’m here reaffirming my commitment, together with Hostos, in developing programs that will promote the welfare of marginalized communities,” said Mr. Spivey.

As the only public institution of higher education in the South Bronx, Hostos Community College provides a vitally important service to low-income adults and youth from diverse backgrounds and neighborhoods by offering a variety of innovative workforce development initiatives.

Dr. Carlos Molina, Dean of Special Projects at Hostos Community College stated, “Mr. Spivey’s insight will no doubt bring a fresh new stewardship for the future of this demonstrated highly successful Jobs-Plus Program at the Jefferson Houses. It is vitally important for us at Hostos to bring socioeconomic mobility opportunities to low-income adults and youth. I’m looking forward to working with Mr. Spivey in growing this employment initiative that has brought so much to the of East Harlem community.”

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves nearly 7,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education Workforce Development Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of nearly 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development . For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097

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