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“CUNY in the Heights”, which offers continuing education and credit courses to the community, moved to a state-of-the-art space at the Inwood Center at 5030 Broadway in Manhattan’s Inwood/Washington Heights neighborhood in early September of 2012.

The program, administered by Hostos Community College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College, has a 15-year lease for 15,000 square feet at the mixed-use, 370,000-square-foot building bounded by Broadway, West 214th Street, Tenth Avenue and West 213th Street.

“CUNY in the Heights will significantly expand its vital higher education services to the community, providing many ladders to careers and educational advancement,” said CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein

The new space features classrooms equipped with wireless connections and SMART Boards, computer labs, conference rooms and offices for 150 faculty and staff and will allow the program to operate year-round.  CUNY in the Heights has also greatly benefited from State and City capital support arranged by New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat and New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.

Executive Director Aldrin Bonilla says the new space is crucial to the program’s continued success.  “We have students who come to do everything from upgrading their skills and attaining certification in specific fields to earning their GEDs and learning English as a second language,” he says.  “We pride ourselves on offering certifications that lead to employment in a changing economy.  Some of our courses help students go straight to credit-bearing courses.  They save money because they don’t have to take remedial courses.”

Among the new continuing education and workforce development programs being offered are certificates in allied health careers, including nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy.  Other programs prepare students for certification and licensing in such diverse fields as personal fitness trainer, graphic design, computer applications in accounting, real estate sales, website design and coding, and security guard. ESL and GED program. College for Kids on Saturday and Summer Camp 2012 engage younger participants.

For more program information, visit http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/contedu/wheights.

Since its inception in 2005, CUNY in the Heights has been housed on three floors at 108 Cooper St.  The aging building, the former Good Shepherd School, lacks elevators and central air and would have required extensive, costly renovations to provide state-of-the-art classrooms and to be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

“At our new address, everything will be on the ground floor,” Bonilla says.  “We'll have central air, which will allow us to stay open all summer and run courses six days a week all year, so we’ll be able to serve more students.”

The program, which was designed for residents of northern Manhattan and the northwest Bronx, where there are significant Hispanic, immigrant, and working-class populations, attracts about 3,500 students annually; some 40 percent currently come from other boroughs, notably Brooklyn and Queens.  The new facilities will be operated six days a week throughout the year, in order to accommodate student needs.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university.  Founded in New York City in 1847 as The Free Academy, the University has 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the CUNY School of Public Health.  The University serves over 271,000 degree credit students and 269,808 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.  The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree.  More than 1 million visitors and 2 million page views are served each month by www.cuny.edu, the University’s website.

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