Distinguished New Yorkers Honor a College with a History of Teaching How to Serve Others

NEW YORK, NY- OCTOBER 20, 2014–Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) will celebrate its founding with a 50th Anniversary Gala, Thursday, October 23, at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.  Themed, “Amplify the Dream”; the Gala will highlight the school’s dynamic history. All proceeds will benefit MCNY’s supportive programs and scholarships.  The Gala’s honorary chair is Mayor David Dinkins, New York City’s first Black mayor.

“I am honored to serve as honorary chair of MCNY’s Anniversary Gala,” said Mayor Dinkins.  “For half a century, MCNY has not only produced professional citizens in New York City, but those who are also socially-responsible and share a commitment to give back and make our society a better place for all New Yorkers.”

The distinguished members of the honorary committee include: Mayor Bill De Blasio, Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Carmen de Lavallade and the late Geoffrey Holder; Fernando Ferrer, Vice Chairman, MTA and former Bronx President; Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service; Senator Charles E. Schumer and Reverend Al Sharpton.  The Gala honorees include: Helen LaKelly Hunt (Changemaker), Dr. Edison O. Jackson (Trailblazer) and R. Rick Baker (Champion). Robert Sargent Shriver will be honored posthumously.

Born out of the idealism and turbulence of the 1960s, MCNY was founded by Audrey Cohen, an innovative educator who believed the key to a truly effective education lay in uniting the classroom with the professional world.  She launched the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964, addressing a dual need for both jobs and training. The program prepared motivated women with experience in their low-income neighborhoods for jobs to help implement and support change in their communities. Simultaneously, the Women’s Talent Corps worked to create a new level of “paraprofessional”, a term coined by Cohen, for positions in organizations and agencies – teacher’s assistant, guidance counselor assistant, paralegal.

The mission of the college remains unchanged.  The program will include alumni presenters that embody today’s MCNY. Tamu Arnoux, founder of the groundbreaking organization Because Everyone Deserves Shelter (B.E.D.S.) – a New York City based transitional housing organization that provides temporary shelter to homeless males, parolees and individuals living on social security along with personal, career and professional development services.  Upon completion of her Human Services degree and as part of her Constructive Action plan at MCNY, Tamu developed B.E.D.S. Her plan to help the city’s disenfranchised get back on their feet, resulted in the opening of two transitional houses.  Arnoux is now enrolled in MCNY’s Master of Public Affairs and Administration program continuing her focus of finding new ways to support her community.


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 Soho/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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