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CUNY in the Heights-Hostos Held Recognition Ceremony for Microsoft Office Specialist Workforce Training Summer Institute

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 (Bronx, NY)- CUNY in the Heights held a recognition ceremony on Thursday, August 18th for 50 students that completed the Microsoft Office Specialist Workforce Training Summer Institute and obtained Microsoft Specialist certifications.

The participants achieved a total of 100 industry standard Microsoft Specialist Certifications, free-of-charge, through the Hostos-Hector B. Basora SUNY ATTAIN Lab at CUNY in the Heights.  This is an unprecedented and notable achievement since the number of certifications doubled the goal set for each lab. The Hector B. Basora SUNY ATTAIN lab has the least  number of computers among the SUNY ATTAIN labs.

The “Hector B. Basora SUNY ATTAIN Lab” is named after Hector B. Basora, a Dominican man who immigrated to the United States in 1966 and became an accountant, broker, computer programmer and visionary community activist. He’s credited with leading his Upper Manhattan community in recognizing the potential of computer technology for personal and professional growth.

CUNY in the Heights-Hostos Held Recognition Ceremony for Microsoft Office Specialist Workforce Training Summer Institute

“It’s proper and fitting that Hector’s name be committed to a center of computer and technology here in upper Manhattan, for he was one of the first in his community to recognize the enormous capacity for personal and professional growth to be found in the new tools of our time: computers,” said Hector’s wife, Maria Basora, in a written statement about his life.

Mr. Aldrin R. Bonilla, Executive Director for CUNY in the Heights commenced his welcoming remarks by reading different job descriptions requiring knowledge of Microsoft Office. He expressed that, “the outcome of the ATTAIN Lab at CUNY in the Heights represents opportunities for members of the community to acquire the technical skills needed to effectively compete in this tight labor market and find employment.”

Also at the Recognition Ceremony was Kofi Amponsah, Statewide Coordinator of SUNY ATTAIN labs; Carlos Molina, Dean for Hostos Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development; Nayshawn Williams, ATTAIN Lab Instructional Coordinator; Pedro De Leon and Cesar Tejeda Technology Specialist.  Special guest speaker, the Honorable New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, presented a special recognition to the students and spoke about his support of the Hector B. Basora SUNY ATTAIN lab and CUNY in the HeightsHe congratulated the Microsoft Office recipients and encouraged them to continue their efforts to upgrade their technology skills and pursue higher education opportunities.

ATTAIN is an innovative model developed by SUNY’s University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD). ATTAIN also handles the program’s staff, assessments, counseling, training and job placement activities. The project’s academic and workforce development software is developed and supported by Instructional Systems Inc. (ISI), the project’s business partner headquartered in Hackensack, NJ. ATTAIN labs have given thousands of individuals of all ages access to the Internet and interactive multimedia education and training software. The results have been dramatic: a new gateway to education, improved occupational and life skills, better job opportunities, stronger families, and more enlightened communities.

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 Continuing Education and Professional Studies 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 Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. 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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