Minutes for Wednesday, March 13, 2019


The Academic Senate Committee on Pre-College, Continuing Education & Workforce Development met on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 12 pm in LB-25

Committee Members in Attendance:

Philip Nelan, Rommel Robertson, & Alison Cimino

Liaisons in Attendance:

Vice President Denise Ward


The meeting was called to order at 12:00 pm

Regrets: Wenjian Liu

  • The meeting was called to order at 12 PM by Committee Chair Philip Nelan.
  • VP Ward's Update Report:
    • Division Overview
      • Tuition-based programs
        • Runs 525 (approx.) courses and programs a year
        • Serves 14,500 students
        • Sectors: Personal Enrichment, Preparatory Skills, Professional Development, Pre-College
        • Budget: 1.2 M self-funded

VP Ward offered an overview of the programs available through Continuing Education

  • She expressed the importance of partnering with QCC campus faculty and working with faculty on grants, contracts and curriculum development and teaching.
  • Much of the programs come from a need expressed by the community. Workforce development in particular comes from the training needs expressed by business and community partners.  There are certificate trainings such as health and technology certificates.  Additionally, there are classes created out of a desire for the courses, such as the Chinese Academy for elementary school students learning Mandarin (780 students).
  • While not part of CUNY First, the programs create community exposure to the campus. Some high school students do undergraduate research and work with QCC faculty on research.
  • PWCD is self-funded, non-profit and pays a 17.5 excise tax to use the facility. .
  • Discussed assessment of PCWD programs
    • Programs assessed by specialists, Dean or VP Ward and by program managers who have become specialists or program coordinators.
    • Additional assessments approaches: Student evaluations, industry standards, observation of faculty, program feedback etc.

II. Grants/ Contracts: Pre-college and Workforce Development. 4.5 M in grants under administration currently.

10 Grants currently under administration

New Programs for Summer 2019

Personal Enrichment:

Art History Series: Banned, Censored, Excoriated Art and the Art of Greece

Book Talks: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn and A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

History Series: 1969 New York City: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Preparatory Skills Contract: ESL/GED K-12 SAT Prep/ Youth Program

Hempstead Schools District: ESL/HSE Preparatory Program


Journalism and the Political Art of Comics, Cultural Appreciation through Arts and Crafts

STEAM GAMES and Amusement Park Physics (game to incorporate art into robotics by working with someone from the Physics Dept.)


  • CUNY Start, Clip, College Now, and BTECH: In the progress of transferring to Dr. Michael Pullin, Assistant Dean, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Connect to College: Terminating program effective May 2019
  • New contract with Hempstead school system funded by the Pride Foundation, Working with Hempstead high school students to need CLIP.
  • VP Ward will retire after SPRING 2019 semester
  • QCC Grants Dept. will be will operate under the direction Academic Affairs.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 1 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Alison Cimino
Committee on Pre-College, Continuing Education & Workforce Development, Secretary

Minutes typed on 5/15/2019

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