As one of eight CUNY colleges to receive funding in the NY CUNY 2020 awards, the school now plans to put $10 million towards a 19,000-square-foot health care clinic and training facility in Northern Queens in partnership with Urban Health Plan, Inc.
The other $1.5 million grant will go towards implementing an, “advance manufacturing and economic development initiative,” focused on training in new career opportunities, outreach to the underserved communities of the city and also bringing in a new, state-of-the-art 3D printing program.
"The $11.5 million award places us as a vanguard to serve two vital industry sectors: technology and healthcare,” said QCC president Diane B. Call. “I am extremely proud that QCC has been selected for our innovative ideas and leadership to provide current and prospective students the education to pursue promising careers in fields so important economically to New York City, and especially the borough of Queens."
Urban Health Plan was specifically chosen to provide primary and specialty health care services for the underserved community.
The grant is also expected to allow the CUNY School of Law to provide free legal services and online healthcare education to the community.
In addition to expanding their access to healthcare related educational opportunities, Denise Ward, the school’s interim vice president of Pre-College Continuing Education and Workforce Development and the principal investigator for the proposal, expects the initiative will add over 700 jobs in the next three years.
"This award brings our education, healthcare and legal services all under one roof in the heart of our community," Ward said. "I see a great deal of potential for this industry/education partnership program as an educational model."
Nearly 600 of the 700 expected jobs are aimed towards graduates entering the workforce in professions related to allied healthcare education.
In anticipation of newly created positions in the emerging technology field, the renovation plan for the existing Advanced Manufacturing Center will also include 3D printing capabilities.
Stuart M. Asser, professor and chairperson for the QCC Engineering Technology program, said this has been a highly anticipated step as professors have long taught and developed the potential for 3D printing for years.
"The momentum of 3D printing to transform manufacturing means industries will need employees who understand how to use the new technology,” Asser said. “The grant will support the students as they train to become highly skilled at using 3D printers and computer drafting software.”