Minutes for Wednesday, September 29, 2021


The Academic Senate Committee on Continuing Education & Workforce Development Committee met on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 on Zoom.

Committee Members in Attendance:

Dean Hui Yin Hsu; Jannette Urciuoli (Academic Senate Designee); Elaine Friedman (Speech); Anuradha Srivastava (Biology); Gabriel Lataianu (Social Sciences); Jun H. Shin (Chemistry); Zeynep Ozkan Akcay (Math); & Alison Cimino (Chair - English).

Liaisons in Attendance:

Agnieszka Tuszynska


The meeting was called to order at 1:00 PM

                                                QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE

                                                    THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK


                                                             SEPTEMBER 29, 2021

                                                                  ZOOM MEETING

                                                                   TIME:  12-1 PM




  1. Attendance: Dean Hui Yin Hsu; Jannette Urciuoli (Academic Senate Designee); Elaine Friedman (Speech); Anuradha Srivastava (Biology); Gabriel Lataianu (Social Sciences); Jun H. Shin (Chemistry); Zeynep Ozkan Akcay (Math); & Alison Cimino (English).
  2. Approval of Meeting Minutes- May 12, 2021: Minutes approved.
  • Once approved, the minutes will be posted to the CEWD website
  • The committee will share a report with the Academic Senate updating the Senate on the committee’s activities
  1. Elections for 2021 – 2022 (Secretary):
  • Gabriel Lataianu was unanimously voted to the position of Secretary.
  1. Department of Labor (DOL) / Strengthening Community Colleges (SCC) update/MIT:
  • Six community colleges received a grant in February to respond to the needs of the labor market and to create an integrated pathway to education.
  • The grant includes a macro view and a micro view.

Macro view: Offer programs to students

Micro view: Remove barriers and obstacles to streamline that process so that students can attain an education

  • Aims to reach adult learners, untapped talent, New Yorkers who need jobs, CUNY alumni, to help economic recovery and to prepare people for the labor market.
  • 4-year grant
  • Stackable credentials so that students can receive credits to help them in employment and attain a college degree
  • Working with major corporations such as Amazon, Google, Cisco to fund and support the grant
  1. Credit for prior learning:
  • CEWD must go through the senate to get approval and work with faculty to develop a systematized method for offering credit for prior learning
  • Have more courses align with credit for prior learning
  • Recruit more adult learners by offering them credit for their military and other life experiences


  1. Small Business (SBC) /Community Health Worker (CHW)
  • A program to connect small businesses and former vaccine workers and employ them
  • Offer training program for community health workers and put them into agencies as Community Health Workers


  1. Consolidated Funding Application /Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Program (CFA/CRPA)
  • Five-million-dollar grant to help people with substance abuse
  • Receive training to become a certified peer advocate
  • Governor supports this program
  • Working with Health/ Education and Dance Department to create a state curriculum
  1. Labor market/higher Ed transformation/skills gap/untapped talent
  • Create a clear process so adult learners can attain both job training and a higher education degree
  • The committee discusses cost for students. These programs are free, but each funder has criterion for grant recipients.
  1.   Next Meeting – Date and Time: To be decided soon (December 8, 2021, 1-2 PM on Zoom)
  2.   Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 1PM.



Respectfully submitted,

Gabriel Lataianu
Committee on Continuing Education & Workforce Development Committee, Secretary

Minutes typed on 09/21/2021

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