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CUNY Center For Higher Education Opens In Flushing
Contact: Susan Curtis
Director of Marketing
Queensborough Community College
(718) 631-6262
Maria Terrone
Director of Communications
Queens College
(718) 997-5591


FLUSHING, October 28, 2003 -- The City University of New York Center for Higher Education will celebrate its official opening on Wednesday, November 5 at 10 am with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be conducted by Borough President Helen Marshall. The Center is located at 39-07 Prince Street in Flushing, Queens. The ceremony will take place on the 2nd floor.

The CUNY Center, a collaborative operation of Queens College, Queensborough Community College, the CUNY School of Law and CUNY’s Office of Admissions Services, brings a range of services for immigrants and new residents into the heart of the country’s most culturally diverse county.

Programming at the CUNY Center will span English language immersion courses, citizenship and immigration guidance services, and a selection of continuing education courses provided by the Continuing Education Program at Queens College.

A mainstay of the CUNY Center will be the availability of English language instruction. The Port-of-Entry program, now in its 20th year at Queensborough Community College, will offer an intensive 200-hour per semester program for international students and immigrants planning to move on to future academic or professional pursuits. The Queens Civics Collaboration of CUNY, funded by New York State, will provide English language courses with an emphasis on the history, government and culture of the United States. And the Queens College Continuing Education Program will offer part-time English as a Second Language courses on reading, writing, speaking and listening during the day.

The Queens College Continuing Education Program will also offer a wide variety of day and evening classes for job preparation. Education will be provided three times a year to train for such diverse fields as real estate sales, computer programming, food handling, and preparation for the licensed practical nurse entrance exam and GED.

Residents considering a start, or return, to college, will have access to the free counseling provided by representatives from the University's Office of Admissions Services. Individual information sessions will introduce visitors to the diversity of academic programs within CUNY's undergraduate colleges and to the CUNY admissions and financial aid process as well.

The Office of International Student Affairs and Center for Immigration at Queensborough Community College will operate a satellite office at the CUNY Center. Here, newly emigrated community members may receive free and confidential legal guidance on the citizenship process and other issues related to their immigration status. Counseling sessions are conducted by advanced law students from the CUNY School of Law, and are supervised by an immigration attorney and a paralegal specialist in immigration. Appointments are required, and can be made by calling (718) 631-6611.

For more information on programs offered at the CUNY Center for Higher Education, call (718) 762-5580.



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