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Thursday, March 14, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - Hostos Community College is pleased to announce that three students enrolled at CUNY in the Heights have been awarded Helena Rubinstein Continuing Education Scholarships.

Theresa Racine is studying to become a personal fitness trainer. She is in a national certification program at CUNY in the Heights that partners with W.I.T.S (World Instructor Training Schools).

Kanez Riaz is enrolled in the Dental Assistant Program, and Bellairis Jásquez is in the Patient Care Technician program, which enables students to pursue various avenues in the healthcare field. The scholarships cover up to 90 percent of the students’ tuition. Also included are invitations to special events and access to web resources, such as webinars, career maps and other support services.

The Helena Rubinstein Foundation was established in 1953 by Ms. Rubinstein, who left Poland in 1889 and went on to build an international cosmetics empire. Convinced that education was vital to career development, she made scholarship grants to encourage young women to undertake higher education and to pursue nontraditional careers. The foundation later extended its giving into other areas, including the arts, community service and health.

Since 2008, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation has supported scholarships for continuing education students at CUNY colleges who are seeking career advancement, and has signaled its ongoing support for these activities through yearly grants to the University. In 2011, the Foundation made a two million dollar gift to CUNY to endow this scholarship fund, making it possible for Continuing Education students at CUNY to access funding for their programs in perpetuity.

The Helena Rubinstein Continuing Education Scholarship Fund for Career Advancement is open to individuals who seek to advance their careers through education and training, but do not have access to other sources of funding that can pay their tuition and fees. Disadvantaged individuals who are unemployed or seeking a career change may also apply for a scholarship.

For more information about the Helena Rubinstein Continuing Education Scholarship Fund for Career Advancement, go to: http://www.cuny.edu/academics/conted/rubinsteinscholarship.html

About CUNY in the Heights:
CUNY in the Heights offers continuing education to the community in a state-of-the-art space through programs administered by Hostos Community College. It opened its new home at Inwood Center, 5030 Broadway, in 2012.

For more information about CUNY in the Heights, call: (212) 567-7132 or go to http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/contedu/wheights/

About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  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 and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. 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:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513

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