CHILD ADVOCATES FROM NYC’s POOREST COMMUNITIES GATHER TO SET LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR 2017

Forum for Community Leaders to Include Keynote Remarks from Dr. Benard Dreyer, President of American Academy of Pediatrics #BronxSummit  

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Dr. Bernard Dreyer, American Academy of Pediatrics says, “It’s no secret that children in the US are in poverty. Other countries do something about it.”

Bronx, NY (November 18, 2016) – Today, community-based stakeholders participated in The South Bronx Summit on Childhood Poverty to identify priorities to transform New York’s 15th Congressional District in the South Bronx into a model for child well-being.

Abe Fernández, Children's Aid Society and City Limits Editor Jarrett Murphy discuss Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/content/empire-state-poverty-reduction-initiative
Abe Fernández, Children’s Aid Society and City Limits Editor Jarrett Murphy discuss Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/content/empire-state-poverty-reduction-initiative

The summit was held at the Metropolitan College of New York’s newBronx campus and featured remarks from Dr. Benard Dreyer, President, American Academy of Pediatrics, Abe Fernández of the Children’s Aid Society and Melody Lee of the Katal Center for Health, Equity & Justice.

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Dr. Vinton Thompson welcomes the community to TheHub@MCNY Bronx.

“Our Bronx campus was created to serve as a magnet to the community, to benefit both the community at large and students. Today’s summit on childhood poverty is critical to our community,” said MCNY President Dr. Vinton Thompson. “I am pleased that MCNY was able to provide a forum in which solutions and priorities were identified.”

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Congressman Jose Serrano’s 15th Congressional District in the South Bronx is the poorest district in the entire nation. Thirty-eight percent of the district’s residents, over 250,000 people, are living below the poverty line; 49 percent of children in the district are living in poverty.

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Eddie Borges, Summit organizer and MCNY Bronx Scholar in Residence

“The end of the first quarter of the 21st Century is fast approaching and the concentrated poverty in which several generations of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and now Mexicans, were born, lived, and died, in the poorest U.S. congressional district since the middle of the last century, remains persistent for the foreseeable future,” said Eddie Borges, Summit organizer and MCNY Bronx Scholar in Residence.

The Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) provided a report on what childhood poverty looks like on the ground in the South Bronx. The Community Service Society (CSS) and Mixteca of Sunset Park briefed the summit on the poorest children in the city which is primarily a mix of Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Mexican decent.

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Lazar Treschan, Director of Youth Policy Community Service Society

Advocates then broke up into working groups to set 2017 legislative priorities for City Hall, Albany, and Washington, D.C. Also included in the summit discussions was an analysis of the Raise the Age campaign to date and how to advance this initiative to end the prosecution of 16 and 17 year old children as adults in NY. New York is one of only two states in the U.S. that prosecutes children as adults. A quarter of the children serving time in adult prisons are from New York’s 15th Congressional District in the South Bronx. The new legislative session starting in January presents the opportunity for a culturally-relevant, community-based campaign to implement a strategy that can move it through the state legislature and signed into law.

Apurva Mehrotra, Citizen's Committee for Children of New York
Apurva Mehrotra, Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York

Participants in this discussion included the organizers of the NO MORE YOUTH PRISONS campaign which successfully closed Spofford & Bridges in New York City, the EMPTY BEDS, WASTED DOLLARS campaign that generated the political capital to transform New York’s juvenile justice system to improve outcomes for children, including closing half the state’s juvenile jails, and the #CLOSERIKERS campaign.

Eduardo Peñaloza, Mixteca From Puebla to Sunset Park
Eduardo Peñaloza, Mixteca From Puebla to Sunset Park

Click here for a complete list of speakers: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-bronx-organizing-summit-on-childhood-poverty-registration-28875518453

More information on American Academy of Pediatrics findings on Childhood Poverty: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/137/4/e20160339

 

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY).  For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community.  MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY locations are in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455.  For more information on MCNY, visit mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

About TheHub@mcny

TheHub@MCNY is a concept developed by MCNY Bronx Scholar in Residence, Eddie Borges. TheHub is a forum to bring thinkers and leaders together to help find solutions to issues that affect/effect our community – both good and bad. Metropolitan College of New York is located at 463 East 149th Street in the South Bronx. For more information email or call 718-665-7787.

 

 

MCNY School for Business Hosts Indo-US Economic Perspective on Sustainable Growth Seminar with Top 5 Business School Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, India


WHAT: 
  Metropolitan College of New York’s (MCNY) School for Business partners with one of India’s Top 5 most prestigious universities, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University, to produce “Indo-US Economic Perspective on Sustainable Growth” – a seminar addressing, in part, June 2016’s joint statement by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama. The joint statement discussed the strategic partnership between the United States and India that is rooted in shared values and pledged to pursue new opportunities for economic growth and sustainable development.

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DR. Tilokie Depoo, CAO & Dean, MCNY School for Business

Who:  MCNY’s Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Chief Academic Officer and Radhika Jha, MCNY Faculty & Seminar Organizer

When:  Monday, October 17th, 2016, 10:15am – 12:45pm

Where:  Metropolitan College of New York, 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 — Community Commons Conference Center, 1st Floor

 Program Agenda:  

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Radhika Jha, MCNY Faculty & Seminar Organizer

10:15am – Introductions by Radhika Jha (MCNY Faculty & Organizer of Seminar)

10:25am – Welcome by Dr. Tilokie Depoo (Chief Academic Officer & Dean, School for Business)

10:35am – Financial Crisis 2007-2008: Repercussions on U.S. Markets by Nathalie Brehe and Lea Veber (MCNY – Undergraduate Students)

10:50am – Emerging Indian Economy-Attracting Global Investment by SRCC Participants


11:05am – A Review of the U.S. Stock Markets by
Arlene Rojas and Moe Win (MCNY –Undergraduate Students)

11:20am – Glimpses from Dalal Street-A Review of the Indian Stock Market by SRCC Participants

11:40am – U.S Economy at a Glance- Macro-Economic Indicators by Dr. Tilokie Depoo & Radhika Jha

12:05pm – Thank You by Dr. Mallika Kumar (SRCC: Faculty & International Programs Coordinator)

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: All Participants are available for Interview

Contact: Brian Franklin, 703-201-3875, 

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY).  For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community.  MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY locations are in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

About Shri Ram College of Commercebanner-logo

Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) is named in recognition of the contribution made by its founder Sir Shri Ram.  SRCC embarked on its voyage early in the year 1920 when on the day of Basant Panchmi, seven leading businessmen in Delhi established the Commercial Education Trust. The Trust set up its first school in the same year under the name The Commercial School at Charkhewalan in the walled city of pre-independence Delhi. The school introduced a Post-Matriculation Diploma Program in Commerce under the supervision of Mr. R.K. Kumar, who later became the first Principal of The Commercial College. The inauguration of the College paved the entry of commerce education in the university system of Delhi. The classes began with twelve students and four faculty members. In 1926, the College became part of the University of Delhi. Shri Ram College of Commerce is located at University of Delhi North Campus, Maurice Nagar, Delhi – 110007, India For more information visit www.srcc.edu.

 

Mercedes Melendez Named Director of the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) Bronx Extension Center

Mercedes Melendez, Director of the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) Bronx Extension Center
Mercedes Melendez, Director, MCNY Bronx Extension Center

Bronx, N.Y. (September 26, 2016) –Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) named Ms. Mercedes Melendez, Director of the MCNY Bronx Extension Center.  Melendez is a veteran MCNY administrator, having recently completed her thirteenth year as Administrative Director, supporting both administrative and instructional initiatives across the college.

“Mercedes will be at the heart of MCNY’s efforts to ensure that our Bronx center, not only serves students and faculty but also becomes a center for the community,” said MCNY President Dr. Vinton Thompson. “Based on her excellent work as Administrative Director and her profound commitment to the College, I look forward to her success.” he added.

Melendez has created effective learning environments for MCNY students through prudent management of facilities and security operations.  She has overseen and directed innumerable construction, relocation and space planning projects. Most recently Melendez oversaw the most complex moving and furnishing projects in the history of the College — the campus moves to 60 West Street in Manhattan and 463 East 149th Street in the Bronx.

Before she came to MCNY, Melendez worked as Director of Operations for the American Friends of Tel Aviv University and Development Manager for the Jewish Home and Hospital, following a long stint in international marketing, sales and project development at Estée Lauder.

As Director, she will take the helm of the Bronx Extension Center at a pivotal moment in its development.  The new facility has the largest publicly accessible assembly space in the Hub area of the Bronx and the capacity to host outside groups and large events. The space has already been used by community groups for assembly — most recently by SoBRO for their “18th Annual Business Opportunities Expo”.

“As MCNY raises its profile and builds a reputation for caring education and devotion to community service, the Bronx will be a growth center for the college,” Melendez said. “I am honored to have a major role in shaping this essential and strategic effort,” she added.

Melendez is an MCNY alumna (MPA, Public Administration ’07) and earned a BS summa cum laude from the Bronx’s Lehman College.

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY).  For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community.  MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY locations are in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455.  For more information on MCNY, visit mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

New MCNY Bronx Campus Will Help Transform College and Local Communities

Bronx Community Leaders Share Sentiment

Bronx, N.Y. (September 8, 2016) – In a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by College officials, students, alumni, community leaders and elected officials, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) officially opened its new Bronx campus. The new campus is the anchor of Triangle Plaza Hub, a new, mixed commercial project that is at the heart of redevelopment in the South Bronx, an economically distressed area that is rebounding after decades of decline.

Charles Armstrong, Chair, MCNY Board of Trustees, Laura Pires-Hester, Founding staff member of MCNY, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., MCNY President, Dr. Vinton Thompson, Wendy Cohen, Vice Chair, MCNY Board of Trustees, Carmen E. Arroyo, District 84 Assemblywoman, Melanie Schnoll-Begun, MCNY Trustee, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., District 17 Councilmember
Bronx Borough President’s Proclamation presentation – Charles Armstrong, Chair, MCNY Board of Trustees, Laura Pires-Hester, Founding staff member of MCNY, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., MCNY President, Dr. Vinton Thompson, Wendy Cohen, Vice Chair, MCNY Board of Trustees, Carmen E. Arroyo, District 84 Assemblywoman, Melanie Schnoll-Begun, MCNY Trustee, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., District 17 Councilmember

“MCNY Bronx was designed with students and the greater community in mind,” said MCNY President Dr. Vinton Thompson. “It is my hope that our Bronx site will serve as a magnet and its benefits will extend beyond our students to area residents.”

President Thompson leads Rafael Salamanca and Ruben Diaz on tour of new facility.
President Thompson leads Rafael Salamanca and Ruben Diaz on tour of new facility.

The MCNY Bronx center is a new 26,000 sq. ft. facility that has the capacity to serve over 500 students and solidifies MCNY’s footprint in the Bronx. The new campus features seventeen classrooms, three computer labs and a multipurpose conference space that will allow the college to host large events, making the campus an integral part of the local community, and providing opportunities for MCNY students to interact with neighborhood organizations.

In an interview with Bronx News 12, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. shares his pride. “They (MCNY) actually bought part of this building – they are here for the long haul,” says Diaz Jr., “[It] shows their commitment and trust for the future of our borough.”

Rafael Salamanca, Jr., District 17 Councilmember with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Rafael Salamanca, Jr., District 17 Councilmember with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

In addition to Borough President Diaz, Jr., the event was attended by Bronx Councilmember Rafael Salamanca, Jr., State Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo and Marlene Citron, President of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation.

“The opening of MCNY Bronx establishes a strong community presence that is truly transformational for a college of our size and history,” Dr. Thompson added.

MCNY Bronx will create permanent jobs for faculty members, administrators and support staff.   MCNY will also help to contribute to the development of the South Bronx workforce as graduates from neighboring areas work in and invest in their own community.

Contact: Brian Franklin, 703-201-3875,

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY).  For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community.  MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY locations are in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Mark Official Opening of New Bronx Location for Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)

WHAT:   Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for MCNY’s new Bronx campus

Hosted by:  Dr. Vinton Thompson, President, MCNY & Mercedes Melendez, Director, MCNY Bronx Extension Center

WHO:  Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President, Rafael Salamanca, Jr.,  District 17 Councilmember, Carmen E. Arroyo,  District 84 Assemblywoman, Cedric Lofton, District Manager, Bronx Community Board 1

 WHEN:  Thursday, September 8th, 9:00am

 WHERE:  Metropolitan College of New York, 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, New York

WHY:  MCNY’s new Bronx location is the anchor of Triangle Plaza Hub, a new, mixed commercial project that is a center piece of redevelopment in the South Bronx, an economically distressed area that is rebounding after decades of decline. MCNY’s new 26,000 sq. ft. state of the art campus has the capacity to serve over 500 students and helps the college grow and solidify its footprint in the Bronx.

The Bronx site will feature seventeen classrooms, 3 computer labs and a multipurpose conference space that will allow the college to host large events to make the campus and integral part of the local community. The new facility will include public assembly spaces that will provide unprecedented opportunities for MCNY students to interact with the community and host many unique programs on campus.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Along with MCNY President Vinton Thompson, Bronx Director Mercedes Melendez and local elected officials, current members of the faculty and student body will be on site. Tours of the new campus will also be available.

Contact: Brian Franklin, 703-201-3875, 

 About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY).  For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community.  MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY locations are in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) To Officially Open New State-of-the-Art Bronx Campus

Bronx Campus Will Transform College and Local Communities

Bronx, N.Y. (August 23, 2016) – In a ribbon cutting ceremony to be attended by College officials, students, alumni, community leaders and elected officials, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) will officially open its new Bronx campus, at 463 East 149th Street. The new campus is the anchor of Triangle Plaza Hub, a new, mixed commercial project that is at the heart of redevelopment in the South Bronx, an economically distressed area that is rebounding after decades of decline.

“The MCNY Bronx campus was designed with students and the greater community in mind,” said MCNY President Dr. Vinton Thompson. “It is my hope that the new site will serve as a magnet and its benefits will extend beyond our students to area residents.”

The MCNY Bronx center is a new 26,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility that has the capacity to serve over 500 students and solidifies MCNY’s footprint in the Bronx. The new campus features seventeen classrooms, three computer labs and a multipurpose conference space that will allow the college to host large events, making the campus an integral part of the local community, and providing opportunities for MCNY students to interact with neighborhood organizations.

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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

“I am very proud of this beautiful facility – for the fact that it has created economic opportunities, educational and social services,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

The facility will create permanent jobs for faculty members, administrators and support staff.    MCNY will also help to contribute to the development of the South Bronx workforce as graduates from neighboring areas work in and invest in their own community.

Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of Metropolitan College of New York
Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of MCNY

“The opening of MCNY Bronx will demonstrate our long-term commitment to the South Bronx and its renaissance. The new space will establish a strong community presence that is truly transformational for a college of our size and history,” Dr. Thompson added.

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY).  For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community.  MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY locations are in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

CONTACT:   Brian Franklin, The Wakeman Agency, 703-201-3875,  

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Mark Official Opening of New Bronx Center for Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)


Triangle Metropolitan College Board Presentation 5-23-2013

WHAT:  Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for MCNY’s new Bronx Center

 WHO:  Vinton Thompson, President, MCNY & Elected officials TBD

 WHEN:  Thursday, September 8, 9:00am

 WHERE:  Metropolitan College of New York, 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, New York

WHY:  MCNY’s new Bronx Center is the
anchor of Triangle Plaza Hub, a new, mixed commercial project that is at the heart of redevelopment in the South Bronx, an economically distressed area that is rebounding after decades of decline. This new 26,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility has the capacity to serve over 500 students and solidifies MCNY’s footprint in the Bronx.

The MCNY Bronx Center will feature seventeen classrooms, 3 computer labs and a multipurpose conference space that will allow the college to host large events to make the campus and integral part of the local community. The new facility will include public assembly spaces that will provide unprecedented opportunities for MCNY students to interact with the community.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Along with MCNY President Vinton Thompson and local elected officials, current members of the faculty and student body will be on site. Tours of the new campus will also be available.

Contact:  Brian Franklin, 703-201-3875, 

About Metropolitan College of New York 

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent
Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

Award-Winning Journalist Edward Borges Appointed MCNY Visiting Fellow

New York, NY — July 29, 2016    Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Edward Borges as an MCNY Visiting Fellow for Academic Year 2016-2017.  Mr. Borges brings rich knowledge of the politics of the culture of poverty in New York.  He is an award-winning journalist who writes for Crain’s New York Business and City & State.  Previously, he was a staff writer at The New York Daily News and The Miami Herald, and a contributing writer at Los Angeles Magazine, The Village Voice, and The New York Observer. He has also worked in advocacy communications for a number of New York organizations, including the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Rockefeller Family Fund, and the City of New York.

Borges is presently working on a book,

Eddie Borges, Journalist
Eddie Borges, Journalist

La Vida Hoy, about the family that was the subject of La Vida, The Culture of Poverty in New York and San Juan, that

was published in 1966. He hopes that by telling the ongoing story of the Rios family over the last 50 years he can shed light on the continuing crisis of concentrated poverty in the South Bronx.
Borges will work with the College to produce a series of conferences/events over the next year about the politics of the culture of poverty. He has already generated interest with potential community partners to co-sponsor these events with MCNY, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Community Connections for Youth, YouthFirst, Mixteca, and Prevent Child Abuse New York.

“It is our hope that these events will help further establish MCNY Bronx as a nexus for community-centered ideas and advocacy for eliminating child poverty and other social ills, in what, despite community progress in recent years, is still the poorest and unhealthiest congressional district in the United States.”, says Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of MCNY, “We welcome Eddie to the MCNY community as part of our ongoing commitment to promote social justice through education and action.”

Edward Borges grew up in Jamaica, Queens and attended Queens College. He now lives in the Bronx and will be based at MCNY Bronx as soon as it opens this Fall.

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY locations are in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave., Bronx, NY 10451.  MCNY will grow its footprint in the Bronx this fall with the opening of a 26,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility located at 463 East 149th Street (Triangle Plaza Hub). For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) Celebrates its 39th Commencement – 500 Students to Graduate

Distinguished Community Leaders and Advocates for Social Change Address Graduates

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 11, 2016   Today, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), one of the city’s most ethnically diverse institutions, celebrated its 39th annual commencement.  Five hundred students were awarded degrees at the ceremony which was held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.  MCNY’s President Vinton Thompson presided over the ceremony, while Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, delivered the keynote address. Brian Silva, MCNY Alumnus and Executive Director of Marriage Equity USA (MEUSA), and Dr. Melvin Douglass, MCNY Trustee and Co-Founder of YOUniversity Bound, received honorary doctorates.

“Today marks a new beginning for our graduates and our college,” said Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of Metropolitan College of New York. “We celebrate the commitment that our students have made as they have earned the tools they need to help move our fellow citizens, our country, and our world forward.  We also celebrate our new Manhattan campus, which officially opened this week and will help us better serve students and our community at large.”

Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters were bestowed upon Jennifer Jones Austin, Brian Silva and Dr. Melvin Douglass.

jennifer-jones-austin headshotJennifer Jones Austin delivered the commencement keynote address to MCNY’s undergraduate and graduate candidates.  Jones Austin is the CEO and Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), a prominent New York City social policy and advocacy organization with over 200 member human services agencies operating throughout New York City.  Prior to joining FPWA, Ms. Jones Austin served as Senior Vice President of United Way of New York City.

brian silva headshotBrian Silva, Executive Director of MEUSA, was recently named Director of Grassroots Engagement for the National Equality Action Team for Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) and is also an alumnus of MCNY.  Under Silva’s leadership, MEUSA is credited with galvanizing support around the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision affirming marriage equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.  At FFAA, Brian is overseeing the transition of MEUSA/NEAT and other initiatives to bring volunteer, grassroots participation into the national campaign for LGBTQ non‑discrimination.

mel headshot croppedDr. Melvin Douglass, Co-Founder of YOUniversity Bound, is an expert in K-12 education, urban education, organizational administration and supervision.  As MCNY Trustee, Dr. Douglass oversees the Academic Affairs Committee. Civic-minded and deeply dedicated to New York’s educational community, Dr. Douglass has been described as “one of America’s most profound, insightful, engaging, sensitive and accomplished instructional leaders on the scene today.”

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY).  For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community.  MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY locations are in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave., Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) Officially Opens New State-of-the-Art Manhattan Campus

Manhattan Campus Will Transform College and Local Communities

New York, N.Y. (June 8, 2016) – Today, in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by College officials, students, alumni, community leaders and elected officials, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) officially opened its new Manhattan campus. The new campus, located in Manhattan’s Financial District, marks a stunning transformation for the college with an enhanced public presence, improved facilities for students and staff, and enormously strengthened possibilities for community outreach.

“Our new Manhattan campus represents a major community investment which will strengthen the long-term institutional and financial stability of the College and support cultural outreach and engagement with local businesses and community groups,” said MCNY President Dr. Vinton Thompson.

MCNY purchased a commercial condominium at 40 Rector Street in Manhattan with 110,000 square feet of space and a prominent, dedicated entrance at 60 West Street, three blocks south of the World Trade Center. The campus is located in the midst of a large concentration of mass transit lines in the city and gives students nearly twice as many transportation options as they had at the previous location.

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MCNY Learning Commons Study Lounge

The new campus offers MCNY expanded capacity to accommodate additional students and enables current students to take advantage of up-to-date technology and spaces specifically configured to serve changing college needs. A grand feature of the new space is The Learning Commons that unites the Library with Academic Support. This centerpiece of the 7th floor features expanded computer resources and workstations, a lounge area for collaboration, and the college’s tutoring, mentoring and other academic support programs.

To facilitate collaboration with the wide range of nearby non-profit organizations, state and local government offices and businesses, the new campus features a publicly accessible first floor multipurpose space that allows the college to offer expanded service programs, including symposiums, workshops and community gatherings.

“The opening of our new Manhattan campus positions MCNY favorably in a highly competitive market, and ushers in a new era of community engagement and opportunities for our students,” Thompson added.

CONTACT:

Brian Franklin,  The Wakeman Agency,  703-201-3875  

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY locations are in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave., Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.