In 2010, Queensborough Community College was awarded a grant called the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. This is a federally funded grant, administered through the New York State Education Department. Since winning the grant in 2010, QCC has served over 300 students from various middle and high schools in southeast Queens.
Due to the success of the first three years of the program, QCC has been awarded another round of funding which began in the summer of 2013. Needless to say, QCC, the project team and the partner schools (JHS226, Martin Van Buren and Humanities & the Arts) were thrilled to be given the opportunity to create and participate in an even more robust program.
The main goal of the program remains the same as when it began—to provide students the opportunity to earn high school and college credit on a college campus, while still enrolled in high school. Students are taught by college faculty, are able to utilize campus facilities and get a feel for what it is like to go to college. For many, this experience helps them make the decision to apply to college after high school.
The newest component of 21CCLC is an afterschool program at both of our partner middle schools, JHS226 & IS192. Students in 8th grade, who have been deemed eligible, may participate in an afternoon Math and ELA class. The classes are structured to help the students strengthen their skills in both subjects to help boost their class and test scores.
The 21CCLC project team is always faced with the challenge of discovering or creating the most interesting classes and finding the best teachers for them. Since its inception, we have offered a variety of exciting classes such as: Actor’s Workshop, English 101, Web Design, Mechanical Drawing, Introduction to Photography, Architectural Design, Video Production and Introduction to Theatre. We also regularly offer a high school credit course which incorporates graphic design, programming, engineering, recycling, community awareness—a great class for students starting out in our program!
During the summer months, the program transforms into an enriching full-day program facilitated by Oasis Children's Services, LLC for our middle school students from JHS 226. The campus buzzes with excitement as the youth learn to swim in the pool, create wonderful artwork or brush up on their writing skills in the college classrooms.
A Well-Rounded Experience
In addition to the college experience, students are offered many other enriching opportunities.
Students can to participate in a 3-week January test prep program facilitated by Atlas Test Prep. We have also partnered with Urban Word NYC, which is an organization that works with the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college prep and performance opportunities. In the Spring, we will take the students on a college tour with Gerber Tours. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in Camp Ramapo. Throughout the semester, students will be able to attend performances at the Queensborough Center for Performing Arts.
During the summer, students can participate in an exciting program from Trees New York and earn their Citizen Pruner License (from Trees New York and NYC Parks Department). Once a week, for a full-day, students learn all about trees (diseases, insects, etc.)and how to prune them. Students spend time outside working on the trees on QCC's campus!
Each semester, a Youth Council is established for the students to have a voice in program development with the 21CCLC project team. Students either volunteer or are appointed to the council and are given a certificate of completion of their service at the end of the semester.
Finally, the 21CCLC team is always trying to bolster parent involvement in the program. Each semester the team aims to offer one or two opportunities for parents to participate in some capacity.
Our program is open only to students who attend schools in which we have a partnership agreement (listed below).
Martin Van Buren High School
Humanities & the Arts High School (Campus Magnet Educational Complex)
JHS 226, Virgil I. Grissom
IS 192, The Linden
Click to download the application documents below.
Some students participated in the Urban Word NYC sessions on October 24. Check out some of their amazing poetry below!