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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – Bronx Borough Deputy President Aurelia Green, Councilwoman María del Carmen Arroyo, and CUNY Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management Iris Weinshall, joined Hostos Community College President Félix Matos Rodríguez yesterday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the College’s renovated and redesigned fifth floor in the 500 Grand Concourse Building.  The event served as the official opening of the fifth floor’s seven new state-of-the art classrooms and 72-seat lecture hall.

“We are very thankful to CUNY and to the City and State of New York for working with Hostos to access the necessary funding to complete this expansion project,” stated President Matos Rodríguez. “Projects like these are pivotal to our role in providing accessible and quality education to our students.”

During his remarks, President Matos Rodríguez said that he was proud to announce that Hostos now has the “first smart bilingual classroom in the College’s history.”  The classroom, to be officially completed in April 2012, was specifically designed for English as a Second Language classes, which demand smaller groups and a highly interactive environment.  This classroom specifically accommodates the needs of ESL faculty and students.

Hostos’ Associate Dean for Campus Planning and Operations Steve Delgado noted that the renovation also features a new hallway connection to the East Academic Complex, allowing the Hostos community access to all of the main buildings on campus without having to cross the Grand Concourse.

CUNY Vice Chancellor Weinshall noted that this capital project was completed on time and under budget and presents an educational boost for Hostos students.

A Hostos alum, Councilwoman Arroyo noted that no one benefits more than the students from these types of projects. She reiterated her continued support to Hostos Community College.

The fifth floor renovation, which took a year to complete, was a $9.1 million capital project.  Thanks to the efforts of President Matos Rodríguez, Hostos was able to utilize City and State capital funds to complete the project.  The architect on record was Kiyomi Tromner from Goshow Architects, one of the largest woman-owned architectural firms in New York City.

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 over 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 fall 2011 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 11,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.


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