Grant-Sponsored Programs and Partnerships

CUNY Explorers

CUNY Explorers ensures that every middle-school student has the opportunity to visit a college campus to promote high school, college, and life success. Through age-appropriate and customized visits, CUNY reinforces the message that all students CAN GO to college, college is AFFORDABLE, and students can take steps NOW to achieve their college goals. For the 2020-2021 school year, CUNY Explorers is offering remote visit experiences! 

Contact: Sherri-Ann Simmons Terry, Program Coordinator 718-281-5312 •


STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program)

STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program) is a pre-collegiate program, successfully running at QCC (Queensborough Community College, Bayside NY) since 2006. The program, which is funded by the New York State Department of Education, seeks to strengthen students' skills in science and math and motivate them to enroll in college and pursue careers in science, technology, and the licensed professions. STEP is offered to students in grades 7-12 who are either underrepresented minorities and/or economically disadvantaged.

Liberty Partnerships Program

The Queensborough Liberty Partnerships Program is one of 47 Liberty Partnerships Programs across New York State and one of 18 Liberty Partnerships Programs in the New York City metropolitan area. All partnerships are between colleges and universities and middle and high schools.

Project PRIZE provides comprehensive services to students, including: Academic Support. Counseling, College Preparation, Workforce Preparation, Parent Engagement, Recreational and Cultural Enrichment.

Contact: Yicel Nota-Latif, Director 718-281-5331 •

R.I.S.E. - Road to Interdependence and Student Excellence

Career Exploration & Educational Services Supporting Advancement in Education & Beyond

R.I.S.E. is an inclusive free program with Career and Technical Education Specialists providing unlimited one-on-one meetings to help guide credit and non-credit students with their academic and career journey. Students will create a strategic set of individualized goals that will decrease the barriers they face while boosting the skills needed to increase employment opportunities and job retention.

We offer: Personalized Action Plans, Mentorships, Internship opportunities, Academic Tutoring & Skill-Building Workshops, Resume writing, Career exploration, and the R.I.S.E. Council. For more information, contact Josephine Troia at 718-281-5535 • Apply Here.

Support for the development/production of this material is provided by a grant under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act administered by the New York State Education Department.

Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) Training Program

Funded by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)/New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH), we offer a Certified Recovery  Peer  Advocate (CRPA) Training Program to qualified students, which consists of over 90 hours of training, including a non-credit CRPA Certification Workshop and a three -credit Addictions and Dependencies course.

For more information, contact Christina Cairoli at


Free Online GOOGLE IT Support Professional Certificate Program

The free online Google IT Professional Certificate Program enables participants to obtain skills needed for entry-level IT support programs.  It can be completed in 4-6 months. The five-course program is an initiative that helps ensure that technology-created opportunities are available to everyone.

The program consists of five courses:

  • Technical Support Fundamentals
  • The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking
  • Operating Systems and You: Becoming a Power User
  • System Administration and IT Infrastructure Services
  • IT Security: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts

The program follows a largely asynchronous self-paced learning design as well as offers a career support and wraparound services. Courses are completed via the online learning platform Coursera, and individuals can start the program whenever they are ready. Register Now!


Lori Conkling
CE Director of Labor Market Research & Workforce Development
Queensborough Community College
Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development

FREE Courses with COURSERA

The Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development in collaboration with COURSERA would like to provide you with over 3,800 online training courses that can help you and your family in getting better prepared to seek new employment opportunities! This is a limited-time offer, sign-up and complete all of your courses by September 30, 2020.

The courses below are just a sample of the many training courses and certifications available to you with Coursera:

  • Introduction to Virtual Reality  - The course will teach you everything from the basics of VR- the hardware and the history of VR- to different applications of VR, the psychology of Virtual Reality, and the challenges of the medium.
  • Big Data Modeling and Management Systems -  In this course, you will experience various data genres and management tools appropriate for each. You will be able to describe the reasons behind the evolving plethora of new big data platforms from the perspective of big data management systems and analytical tools. 
  • Science of Exercise - Learners who complete Science of Exercise will have an improved physiological understanding of how your body responds to exercise, and will be able to identify behaviors, choices, and environments that impact your health and training.
  • High-Impact Business Writing -  Learn how to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner that will allow your ideas to be better understood by your readers. Improve your business writing skill by learning to select and use appropriate formats for your audience, use the correct medium and adjust your writing style accordingly, as well as identify your objective and communicate it clearly.

Enroll today!


Capital One Foundation Project

Queensborough Community College's Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Department was awarded a contract from the Capital One Foundation to research and develop a data-informed model in driving credit/non-credit alignment and developmental success among pre-college students. To that end, we worked with the Business Technology Early College High School (STECH), which was developed in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the international software company, SAP, to analyze the alignment of credit (college level) and non-credit (high-school level) programs to prepare students for successful careers in the Technology sector. Non-credit Technology and Career Readiness Workshops were designed and offered to STECH students who were entering into Internships with leading NYC employers.

New York City Health &. Hospitals Corporation

Queensborough Community College's Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Department was awarded two contracts by NYC Health + Hospitals to develop and implement Workforce Development Training programs to its employees throughout NYC. The programs include:

  • Peer Empowerment Behavioral Health Training Program for Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) Professionals and Mental Health Peer Professionals
  • Managed Long-Term Care Training Program, focusing on Communication & Patient Engagement, for front-line Professionals, in partnership with other CUNY colleges.

Mount Sinai West

Contract training for 1199 union members who are current employees of Mount Sinai West to upgrade to "Emergency Room Technicians."

Certified Hemodialysis Technician Training

Queensborough Community College's Department of Workforce Development has partnered with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to offer the "Out-of-School Youth" population advanced training to become a Certified Hemodialysis Technician.

For more information and additional pre-entry requirements, please contact:

Rodney Shannon, Senior Program Associate 718-281-5522 •

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Grant Sponsored Programs and Partnerships

  • Youth: College and Career Readiness
  • Technology
  • Workforce Development
  • Health/Medical related

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.