March 14, 2023 By Michael Dorgan
The leaders of 4 Metropolis College of New York (CUNY) faculties in Queens had been offered with a $5.5 million test for funding on Tuesday, March 14.
The presentation was made by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, whose workplace allotted the funds to LaGuardia Neighborhood School, Queens School, Queensborough Neighborhood School and York School. The funds will go towards financing varied initiatives on the establishments together with constructing renovations, coaching facility upgrades, and safety functions.
The occasion passed off inside a medical coaching room at LaGuardia Neighborhood School in Lengthy Island Metropolis, positioned at 31-10 Thomson Ave.
Kenneth Adams, the president of LaGuardia Neighborhood School, and Frank Wu, the president of Queens School had been amongst these in attendance, as was Christine Mangino, the president of Queensborough Neighborhood School, and Earl Simons, the chief director of presidency relations and strategic initiatives at York School. They had been joined by a variety of college students from LaGuardia Neighborhood School.
Richards stated that the funding allotted to the establishments will make sure that the borough stays a hub of upper schooling, whereas it’s going to additionally assist to construct a stronger and fairer future for Queens.
“Investing in our faculties is a direct funding in not solely the leaders of tomorrow, however the well-being of their households, our economic system and our communities,” Richards stated. “We’re speaking about actual, tangible investments in our communities.”
LaGuardia Neighborhood School was apportioned $2 million from Richards’ workplace to help the modernization and growth of frontline healthcare coaching services. The services are used to offer sensible schooling and abilities constructing for nurses, licensed sensible nursing (LPN), paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who require specialised gear.
York School in Jamaica, positioned at 94-20 Man R Brewer Blvd., was allotted $1.5 million to fund its new keyless card entry system to enhance security, whereas Queens School in Flushing, positioned at 65-30 Kissena Blvd., was given $1 million to assist renovate instructing areas for its theater and dance applications.
In the meantime, Queensborough Neighborhood School in Bayside, positioned at 222-05 56th Ave., was allotted $1 million for locker room upgrades.
“That is what offering a well-rounded schooling for our younger people appears to be like like,” Richards stated. “If we will’t supply our younger folks an unmatched schooling proper right here in Queens, then we can not proceed to succeed as a borough.
The funds are along with $5 million Richards’ workplace beforehand allotted to CUNY colleges since taking workplace in December 2021.
Adams stated that the funding to LaGuardia Neighborhood School was crucial and can strengthen its marketing campaign to coach and graduate 3,000 frontline healthcare employees by 2027. The initiative, referred to as “3,000 Heroes,” was launched final yr in response to a scarcity of frontline healthcare employees throughout town, Adams stated.
“This funding will go in the direction of upgrading our campus services the place healthcare college students hone their medical abilities in simulated settings, getting ready them to take care of New Yorkers dealing with acute sickness or accidents that require pressing medical consideration.”
“By 3,000 Heroes, extra New Yorkers may have entry to job coaching for dynamic healthcare fields with family-sustaining salaries and development potential.”
Wu echoed Adams phrases and stated that the funding for Queens School will assist renovate Rathaus Corridor, the place his establishment’s drama, theater and dance departments are positioned. The power was named after Karol Rathaus, a composer who fled the Nazis and helped construct a number of the school’s applications, Wu stated.
“These investments are investments in a lot greater than in an establishment or its buildings, they’re investments in folks and the longer term,” Wu stated.
Simons in the meantime praised Richards for his dedication to CUNY faculties in Queens and stated that the brand new keyless card entry system at York School would enhance security and permit swifter entry to its buildings for college kids and workers.
“[It] may even permit us to trace, and know who’s coming out and in in a optimistic method,” Simons stated. “It’s going to assist us almost about guaranteeing safety for our college students, college and workers. It is going to be an amazing asset to York School.”
Moreover, Mangino stated that a number of the buildings and services at Queensborough Neighborhood School are outdated and in want of upgrades. She stated the $1 million apportioned to improve its locker rooms will go a protracted solution to supporting sport on the school, noting that basketball and athletics are notably sturdy there.
“We actually do need to have the power to offer our athletes a high quality locker room and services,” Mangino stated.