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BMCC Opens "Up"

October 1, 2012

BMCC has moved on up—and it’s a cause for celebration.

Right on the heels of the opening of BMCC’s The Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall, on September 23rd, a ribbon ceremony officially launched BMCC’s other new building.

Called ‘CUNY in the Heights,’ the unveiling of 5030 Broadway is exciting news for students who reside in Upper Manhattan, giving them the option to take classes closer to home.

The new CUNY in the Heights location, just minutes from its previously location, has state-of-the “SMART” classrooms, new desks and tables, lounges, WiFi, and more. The space is shared with Hostos Community College.

The major difference between the two CUNY colleges is that Hostos offers Continuing Education and workforce development courses at CUNY in the Heights, while BMCC’s Continuing Education courses remain in Tribeca.

Mostly speech, psychology, and math classes are available to BMCC students at CUNY in the Heights; courses generally required for graduation.

‘Bursting with talent’

At the ceremonial inauguration, elected officials and community residents joined together to showcase, and cut, a red ribbon just outside 5030 Broadway’s front doors.

“This is a community bursting with talent and ambition,” said CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor and Board Secretary Jay Hershenson. “CUNY in the Heights is a portal because it is now part of a 24-unit university system. We want students in the community to get the help they need.”

Funding for the new site was secured by New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez who provided $2 million and New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat who provided $2.7 million.

At the opening, Rodriguez introduced Dr. Sadie Bragg, BMCC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs.

“Since the inception of CUNY in the Heights in 2005, BMCC and Hostos have been partners in providing educational opportunities to our students and to the community,” said Bragg. “This was, and still is, a true partnership between the two colleges. We are delighted to continue this collaboration with Hostos in providing educational opportunities for students from each of our institutions.”

According to Aldrin Bonilla, Executive Director of CUNY in the Heights, “The students cannot believe that the community, CUNY central and elected officials thought so much of our education and our students to help us provide them with the very best.”

Added Bragg: “With staff assistance, great space, and our outstanding students, I believe that this will be a very productive academic year for all.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: A portion of this article appeared in the Manhattan Times. (Credit: Sandra Evangelina García.)

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