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16 January

Metropolitan College of New York Students Share Wisdom and Experiences In New Book “Echoes From The Field”

Meet the Authors, January 29th, 2014

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What is This Book All About?

This book is the first volume in what I hope will become a series of volumes in which human service professionals creatively share aspects of their work by submitting poetry, short stories, case studies, personal essays, and academic essays.  This first volume is devoted entirely to the work of students who have participated in my Advanced Standing course at MCNY.  It is filled with wisdom and insight obtained through the experiences of our very best students who will become the political and social leaders of the future.

Over the last several semesters, I have had the privilege of teaching the Advanced Standing course at MCNY, a course designed for students with human service experience prior to matriculation. Through this course, I have met some fascinating and varied people with fascinating and varied stories to tell.    I have been impressed by these students’ ability to make use of a healthy and stringent revision process, which all writers must go through, so that each draft for each essay became deeper and richer. The students in this book began as good undergraduate writers who during the course of the semester developed into graduate and professional level writers.  I felt an imperative to share these exciting essays with the larger community, hence, this book.

Advanced Standing is a program for those students who have had previous experience working in the field of human services.  Students who are accepted to exempt a particular purpose (semester) attend one online course instead of the typical five courses. Dr. Clyde Griffin, of the Human Services Department, conceived and designed the original online course.  In this course students write a portfolio based on their previous experience.

To be accepted into the Advanced Standing class, students must have a minimum of five years previous experience in human services with at least three of those years in one of the specialized purpose areas taught at MCNY.  These are:  Working with Groups, Teaching, Counseling, Community Liaison, or Supervision.   Along with previous work experience, applicants must be good students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and good writers as demonstrated by a submitted essay and a five-page paper completed for a previous course. Students must also be willing to work independently.  Although I am available to give support and feedback during the semester, this course is 100% online.

The essays chosen for this book represents some of the best writing and thinking in the contemporary human service field.  Some of the essays are intellectual and academic, others are humorous, and still others are moving.  It is hoped that you will read this collection, enjoy it, and choose your favorites as models for your own work.

Vanda Wark, Ed.D, Editor-in-Chief

Message from the President

“Echoes from the Field” gives voice to MCNY students and the people they have served and interacted with.  It is a window to a world too often invisible – “real” realities in sharp contrast to the ersatz realities of cable television.  Under our founder Audrey Cohen, Metropolitan College pioneered the field of Human Services as an instrument of social reform and empowerment.  The reflections of our students as embodied herein are one measure of that commitment and its realization.  As we approach our 50th year of service to the New York Metropolitan Area, I am pleased and proud to convey these reflections as an outstanding example of the quality and dedication of our student practitioners.

Vinton Thompson, Ph.D., President

 

Ruth LugoMessage from the Dean

As dean of the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education, I am proud of our long tradition and excellence in Purpose-Centered Education, ensuring the preparation of our students to be change agents in the Human Services field throughout our communities. Our students are known to be practitioners, leaders, and the voice of reason when advocating on behalf of groups, families, communities, and individuals. The Human Services program’s hallmark consists of integrated experiential learning opportunities for our students, embedded in our purpose curriculum. Each term, we have students placed in community sites working with our community partners and people across the life span within the field. This volume of Echoes from the Field: Writings from Human Services Professionals is the testimony of individual students after going through a rigorous writing and critical thinking experience in our advance standing program. While reading this book, I urge you to think about how you can also promote empowerment not just at home but in your community and workplace. In Metropolitan College of New York, we value our adult students’ preparedness and past work experiences that are hands-on and cutting edge. This is what our Advance Standing program is about: to be able to articulate stories, share, learn, and develop ways to assess how to manage change and provide better service deliveries in the Human Services field. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Ruth E. Lugo, Ph.D. Dean, MCNY School for Human Services and Education

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). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and 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 is conveniently located in Hudson Square where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 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.

 

 

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19 November

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK HOST “Urban Dialogues: Stop-and-Frisk and Mass Incarceration”

Discussion of Controversial Policy Goes to the Heart of the South Bronx Community

NEW YORK, NY, November 19, 2013 On November 14, just after Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio won the election with platform hot button “Stop-and-Frisk,” some of the city’s top leaders on the forefront of this controversial issue gathered to discuss this policy.  Hosted by Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) and titled “Urban Dialogues: Stop-and-Frisk and Mass Incarceration,” the panel discussion included Kirsten John Foy, head of the Brooklyn chapter of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network; Glenn E. Martin, Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society; Darius Charney, senior staff attorney in the Racial Justice/Government Misconduct Docket; and Adeola Ogunkeyede, supervising attorney, Bronx Defenders. The discussion was moderated by Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the School for Public Affairs and Administration at MCNY.

The robust dialogue was an informative session of Urban Dialogues for students attending the Bronx extension of MCNY, as well as for community members.

person10n-5-web“Why do they do all these stops?” asked Darius Charney.  “Well, they’ll tell you that they’re trying to get guns off the street, but one out of every thousand times they make one of these stops they actually have found a gun. That’s less than one percent.”

Kirsten John Foy

The recent racial profiling incidents, involving Macy’s and Barney’s shoppers accused of theft after making purchases, serve as reminders of the type of policies that need to be explored and addressed by city officials and the New York City Police Department.  “They (NYPD) have taken racial profiling and institutionalized it and now, like a cancer it is spreading to other parts of our society,” explained Kirsten Foy. “So, we have got to deal with this here and now with changes in policy.”

The event concluded with the panelists offering solutions to the crisis, including partnering with the National Action Network, the NAACP and the Urban League to revise laws surrounding the current policies and put an end to the injustice of stop-and-frisk.

Research Information:

2005 ACLU article “Racial Profiling: Definition

About the Urban Dialogues Series

Urban Dialogues” is a forum, hosted by Metropolitan College of New York’s School for Public Affairs and Administration, in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation. Topics cover a spectrum of ideas, theories, and viewpoints that inform and/or influence urban policy.  The discussions are held on the MCNY campuses in Manhattan and the Bronx.  Admission is free and open to the public.

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). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and 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 is conveniently located in Hudson Square where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 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.

 

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14 November

Kirsten Foy just added to Urban Dialogues: Stop & Frisk and Mass Incarceration presented by Metropolitan College of New York Bronx Extension Center

Thursday, November 14th – Panel Discussion to Address Local Community’s Concerns and How Policy Will Be Handled in Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio’s Administration

Just added — Kirsten John Foy

WHAT: The Bronx Extension Center of Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) will host a fall Urban Dialogue panel discussion on New York City Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy and mass incarceration. The stop-and-frisk policy disproportionately affects minorities and was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, although an appeals court blocked that order. Still, it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.  MCNY’s Urban Dialogue series is part of the College’s mission to advance the cause of social justice and Purpose-Centered Education.   

“Urban Dialogues”, offered by the College’s School for Public Affairs and Administration, provides a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens can exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation.

WHO:  Hosted by Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration

Panelists include:

Just added — Kirsten John Foy, a former top staffer to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio who now heads the Brooklyn chapter of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, believes that one of those policies, the police department’s stop-and-frisk initiative, has done more harm than good in stopping gun violence, while damaging community relations with the police force in the process.

Darius Charney, senior staff attorney in the Racial Justice/Government Misconduct Docket, currently lead counsel on Floyd v. City of New York, a federal civil rights class action lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department’s unconstitutional and racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices; Glenn E. Martin, Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society, responsible for leading the agency’s communications work as well as developing and advancing Fortune’s national and local criminal justice policy advocacy agenda; and Adeola Ogunkeyede, Esq., supervising attorney, Bronx Defenders. The panel will be moderated by Dean Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the School of Public Affairs for Metropolitan College of New York.

WHEN:  Today — Thursday, November 14, 2013

6:00pm-6:30pm- Reception and Refreshments

6:30pm-8:00pm- Panel Discussion and Q & A

WHERE: SOBRO 555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor Room 504, Bronx, New York 10455

 

RSVP: Teresa Lyles Holmes, UniWorld Group, (212) 219-7239 

 

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11 November

Metropolitan College of New York Announces New Degrees in Emergency Management and Business Continuity

First programs of their kind nationwide to incorporate criminal justice and first responder perspectives into the expanding fields of emergency management and business continuity.

New York, November 11, 2013Metropolitan College of New York is pleased to announce two new undergraduate degrees:  the Associate of Arts in Emergency Management & Business Continuity and the Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management & Business Continuity.  These new degree programs build on MCNY’s path breaking Master in Public Administration in Emergency and Disaster Management, a field leader since its introduction in 2006 [check date].   The new programs, scheduled to launch in January 2014, represent a unique collaboration between MCNY’s School for Business and School for Public Affairs and Administration.  They are the first programs of their kind nationwide to incorporate criminal justice and first responder perspectives into the new and expanding fields of emergency management and business continuity.

The Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Emergency Management and Business Continuity (EMBC) are designed to prepare students for rewarding careers in two areas:

  1. Emergency Management – the discipline of effectively coordinating available resources in planning for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating the threat caused by crisis.
  2. Business Continuity – the practice of planning in order to mitigate the loss of life, property, brand and customer good will, operational capability, market share, and management credibility, following the impact of a natural, man-made, or technological disaster.

These degree programs will meet the professional development needs of individuals who would like to advance their existing careers or pursue new careers within homeland security, emergency management, business continuity, disaster recovery, project management, and international humanitarian emergency response. They are also designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking a career change and high school graduates looking to enter this growing new industry.

The curriculum includes foundational general education courses and courses offering comprehensive exposure to the basics of Emergency Management and Business Continuity. The faculty includes working professionals who ensure that students learn best practices from industry leaders who deal with disasters and disruptions on a daily basis. This broad-based approach, coupled with integrated field experiences, on-site certification courses, and participation in large scale city-wide Emergency Management exercises, makes MCNY the best choice for a foundational degree that can literally take you anywhere!

To add even more value, graduates of this program can sit for several highly respected industry standard certifications, including: AEM/CEM (Associate Emergency Manager/Certified Emergency Manager), ABCP (Associate Business Continuity Professional) and CBCP (Certified Business Continuity Professional), PMP (Project Management Professional).

The AA/BA in Emergency Management and Business Continuity curriculum is designed to prepare you for an exciting career in a growing new frontier.

For more information, please visit http://www.mcny.edu/publicaffairs/aa-ba_about.php

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). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and 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 is conveniently located in Hudson Square where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 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.

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11 November

Urban Dialogues: Stop & Frisk and Mass Incarceration presented by Metropolitan College of New York Bronx Extension Center

Thursday, November 14th – Panel Discussion to Address Local Community’s Concerns and How Policy Will Be Handled in Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio’s Administration 

WHAT: The Bronx Extension Center of Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) will host a fall Urban Dialogue panel discussion on New York City Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy and mass incarceration. The stop-and-frisk policy disproportionately affects minorities and was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, although an appeals court blocked that order. Still, it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.  MCNY’s Urban Dialogue series is part of the College’s mission to advance the cause of social justice and Purpose-Centered Education.   

“Urban Dialogues”, offered by the College’s School for Public Affairs and Administration, provides a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens can exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation.

 

WHO: Panelists include: Darius Charney, senior staff attorney in the Racial Justice/Government Misconduct Docket, currently lead counsel on Floyd v. City of New York, a federal civil rights class action lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department’s unconstitutional and racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices; Glenn E. Martin, Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society, responsible for leading the agency’s communications work as well as developing and advancing Fortune’s national and local criminal justice policy advocacy agenda; and Adeola Ogunkeyede, Esq., supervising attorney, Bronx Defenders. The panel will be moderated by Dean Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the School of Public Affairs for Metropolitan College of New York.

 

WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2013

6:00pm-6:30pm- Reception and Refreshments

6:30pm-8:00pm- Panel Discussion and Q & A

 

WHERE: SOBRO 555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor Room 504, Bronx, New York 10455

 

RSVP: Teresa Lyles Holmes, UniWorld Group, (212) 219-7239 

 

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8 November

Save the Date 11/12/13 — MCNY MPA presents: Urban Dialogues — Believing in Our Children: How Can We Make Education Work for All Kids?

Dean Humphrey Crookendale

 

Dean Humphrey Crookendale  invites you to the Tuesday, November 12, 2013 session of “Urban Dialogues”,  featuring Mr. Kevin P. Chavous.

Mr. Chavous is a founding board member and executive counsel for the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice, a noted author, and national education reform leader. As a former member of the Council of the District of Columbia and Chair of the Council’s Education Committee, Mr. Chavous was at the forefront of promoting change within the District public school system. His efforts led to more than $500 million new dollars being made available to educate children in D.C.

Kevin Chavous

A leading national advocate for educational choice, Mr. Chavous helped to shepherd the charter school movement into the nation’s capital.  Under his education committee chairmanship, the D.C. charter school movement became the most prolific charter school jurisdiction in the country, with now nearly half of D.C.’s public school children attending charter schools. In addition, Mr. Chavous assisted in shaping the District’s three-sector education partnership with the federal government. That partnership led to $60 million in annual federal dollars for D.C.’s public schools, public charter schools, and the first federal scholarship program which has provided access to private schools for nearly 6,000 children from low-income families since inception.

In recent years, Mr. Chavous has worked to advance charter school and parental choice programs in a host of jurisdictions around the country, most notably in Louisiana and Tennessee.  A prolific writer and much sought after speaker, Mr. Chavous’ opinion editorials have appeared in many major newspapers and he has given education reform speeches in nearly every state.

Kevin P. Chavous has recently formed Serving Our Children, Inc. (SOC). This foundation’s mission is to provide limited monetary assistance to teachers for special classroom needs. Mr. Chavous strongly believes that America’s teachers should have better access to resources without having to navigate through most school bureaucracies.

Mr. Chavous is also an accomplished author, having published Serving Our Children: Charter Schools and the Reform of American Public Education, and his most recent book, Voices of Determination: Children that Defy the Odds.  Mr. Chavous is involved with many education reform groups and is the Board Chair for Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) and former Board Chair for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO).

Mr. Chavous was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from Wabash College, where he was an NCAA All-American in basketball. He also graduated from the Howard University School of Law, where he was president of his graduating class. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Chavous will address “Believing in Our Children: How Can We Make Education Work  for All Kids?” in his remarks to MCNY’s community.

This session of “Urban Dialogues” will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.  in the college’s conference center.  Seating is limited, and should be reserved as soon as possible at

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=fw7m85dab&oeidk=a07e8b9364221ef5128

Dean Crookendale looks forward to welcoming you to

Mr. Chavous’s engaging and thought-provoking presentation on November 12th.

“Urban Dialogues”, offered by the college’s School for Public Affairs and Administration, provides a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens can exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation.

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8 November

Save the Date 11/14/13 — Metropolitan College of New York Bronx Extension Center presents Urban Dialogues in the Bronx — “Stop & Frisk and Mass Incarceration”

 

Urban DIALOGUE BX-3

Space is limited.  RSVP to

As part of our mission to advance the cause of social justice and purpose centered education,  the Bronx Extension Center of Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)  will host our first ever Urban Dialogues discussion “Stop & Frisk and Mass Incarceration”.   Metropolitan College  is the pioneer of purpose centered education,  where students don’t just learn theory in a class, but act as agents of social change.   The Urban Dialogues panel discussion represents the college’s vision and commitment to empower students and community to engage the discourse on issues that impact the fundamental substance of civil liberties.

Humphrey Crookendale

The panel discussion, hosted by Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of MCNY’s School for Public Affairs and Administration  will be held on:

This Thursday, November 14 at 6:00pm

at

SOBRO – 555 Bergen Avenue 3rd floor, Rm. 504, Bronx NY 10455

The event is free and open to the public.

The panelists include:

Glenn E. Marti

 

Glenn E Martin , Vice President , The Fortune Society
Glenn E. Martin is currently the Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society. He is responsible for leading the agency’s communications work, as well as developing and advancing Fortune’s national and local criminal justice policy advocacy agenda. Mr. Martin works creatively and in collaboration to support the development and implementation of policy reform initiatives intended to decrease our country’s over-reliance on incarceration and remove practical and statutory roadblocks facing individuals reintegrating into their communities. Mr. Martin is the founder of JustLeadershipUSA.

 

 

Darius Charney

Darius Charney, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, The Center for Constitutional  Rights
Darius Charney is a senior staff attorney in the Racial Justice/Government Misconduct Docket.  He is currently lead counsel on Floyd v. City of New York, a federal civil rights class action lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department’s unconstitutional and racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices, and Vulcan Society Inc. v. the City of New York, a Title VII class action lawsuit on behalf of African-American applicants to the New York City Fire Department which challenges the racially discriminatory hiring practices of the FDNY.  Prior to coming to CCR in 2008, Darius spent two-and-a-half years as an associate at the New York law firm of Lansner & Kubitschek, where he litigated federal civil rights cases challenging various aspects of New York City and New York State’s child welfare and foster care systems.  Darius received his JD and M.S.W. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.  From 2003-2005, he was law clerk to the Honorable Deborah A. Batts, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Adeola Ogunkeyede

 

 

Adeola Ogunkeyede, Esq. Supervising Attorney, Bronx Defenders
Adeola received her J.D. from Tulane Law School where she was a member of the Criminal Law Clinic, president of the Public Interest Law Foundation, and coordinator of the Street Law Program in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She was the 2008 recipient of the Crest Award for Service and Leadership and awarded the General Maurice Hirsch Award, presented each year to the graduating student who contributes most distinctively and constructively to university or community needs. During law school, she worked for the ABA’s Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project and the D.C. Public Defender Service. After graduation, Adeola interned for Judge Carl Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit where she worked on federal habeas and death penalty cases. Before law school, Adeola worked on civil rights cases in Washington, D.C. A native of Queens, N.Y., Adeola received her B.A. from Duke University.

 

 

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). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and 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 is conveniently located in Hudson Square where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 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.

 

 

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26 October

New MCNY Bronx Campus Part of $35 Million Project to Better Serve Bronx Community

MCNY Bronx Campus Part of $35 Million Project to Better Serve Bronx Community

NEW YORK, NY- September 26, 2013 — Today, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Triangle Plaza Hub in the Melrose neighborhood of the South Bronx –the site of the new Bronx campus for MCNY.  The new building will be located at 459 East 149th Street at Brook Avenue in the South Bronx.  Joining MCNY President Vinton Thompson for the ceremony will be Bronx President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo, representative for District 17, in the Bronx.  The new campus is set to open in fall 2015.

President Thompson speaking at Groundbreaking MCNY Bronx

 

 

 

“This is an exciting milestone in the life of Metropolitan College of New York,” said MCNY President, Vinton Thompson. “It reflects the success of the Bronx Extension Center, our continued confidence in the vitality of the South Bronx and the vibrant Hub business district.  This is a long-term commitment to provide enhanced educational opportunities for residents of the Bronx and adjacent parts of the city and suburbs.”

 

 

 

MCNY will occupy a first floor reception center and the larger part of the 2nd floor of the Triangle Plaza Hub for a total of 26,049 square feet.  The purchase of this permanent facility will enable MCNY to add student and academic support and library services to turn the Extension Center in the Bronx into a full branch campus serving 350 students.  This project will also create at least six full-time positions and an additional 14 full-time equivalent adjunct faculty positions.  The project is financed by Goldman Sachs and takes advantage of a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation of $2.1 million.  NMTC was established by Congress to spur development in economically challenged communities.

Vinton Thompson and Maria del Carmen Arroyo

This $35 million project partnership between New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Empire State Development (ESD) and Triangle Equities, with the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group (Goldman Sachs), transforms an underutilized municipal parking lot into an 88,000 square-foot mixed-use commercial and community facility.  The MCNY campus will join a variety of community amenities, including a Fine Fare supermarket, part of the City’s Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Program.

Architectural Rendering of the new Metropolitan College of New York Campus
Draft Rendering Front Entrance from East 149th Street
Draft Rendering of view from Brooke Avenue

 

 

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). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and 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 is conveniently located in Hudson Square where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx currently at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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25 September

Metropolitan College of New York Breaking Ground In The South Bronx

MCNY Bronx Campus Part of $35 Million Project to Better Serve Bronx Community

NEW YORK, NY- September 25, 2013 — Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, September 26th for the Triangle Plaza Hub in the Melrose neighborhood of the South Bronx –the site of the new Bronx campus for MCNY.  The new building will be located at 459 East 149th Street at Brook Avenue in the South Bronx.  Joining MCNY President Vinton Thompson for the ceremony will be Bronx President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo, representative for District 17, in the Bronx.  The new campus is set to open in fall 2015.

Dr. Vinton Thompson
President, MCNY

“This is an exciting milestone in the life of Metropolitan College of New York,” said Vinton Thompson. “It reflects the success of the Bronx Extension Center, our continued confidence in the vitality of the South Bronx and the vibrant Hub business district.  This is a long-term commitment to provide enhanced educational opportunities for residents of the Bronx and adjacent parts of the city and suburbs.”

MCNY will occupy a first floor reception center and the larger part of the 2nd floor of the Triangle Plaza Hub for a total of 26,049 square feet.  The purchase of this permanent facility will enable MCNY to add student and academic support and library services to turn the Extension Center in the Bronx into a full branch campus serving 350 students.  This project will also create at least six full-time positions and an additional 14 full-time equivalent adjunct faculty positions.  The project is financed by Goldman Sachs and takes advantage of a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation of $2.1 million.  NMTC was established by Congress to spur development in economically challenged communities.

Maria Carmen del Arroyo
Councilmember, District 17 Bronx

The Bronx community is delighted that Metropolitan College of New York is building a permanent home in the Bronx,” said Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo, District 17, “The project will be a wonderful resource for higher education for Bronx residents, new jobs, new businesses, development and training.”

 

This $35 million project partnership between New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Empire State Development (ESD) and Triangle Equities, with the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group (Goldman Sachs), transforms an underutilized municipal parking lot into an 88,000 square-foot mixed-use commercial and community facility.  The MCNY campus will join a variety of community amenities, including a Fine Fare supermarket, part of the City’s Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Program.

Dr. Manuel Sanchez, JD, M.Ed, Director MCNY BEC

 

In 2012, MCNY launched its MCNY Bronx Extension Center (BEC) in the South Bronx which is currently serving approximately 150 students.  Dr. Manuel Sánchez, a Bronx native, is the Director of the MCNY BEC.  “The BEC can best be described in one phrase:  Service to the Community,” says Dr. Sánchez.  “We are invested in the success of the future of our students and the future of the Bronx.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft Rendering Front Entrance from East 149th Street

Draft Rendering of view from Brooke Avenue

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). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and 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 is conveniently located in Hudson Square where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 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.

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28 June

MCNY Announces MPA 25th Anniversary Gala Reception October 17th, 2013

Save the date!  Details coming soon…

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