By Sadef Ali Kully
City University of New York colleges across the borough will receive an estimated $5 million this fiscal year from the borough president’s discretionary funds to support capital projects at CUNY campuses.
The funding is directed toward enhancing the educational experience at Queens College in Flushing, York College in Jamaica, Queensborough Community College in Bayside, LaGuardia Community College and the CUNY School of Law, both of which are in Long Island City.
This year’s funding is in addition to the $1.3 million that was allocated last year for CUNY capital projects, which included $750,000 for the LaGuardia Community College business and entrepreneurial training center and $550,000 for the creation of a modern kitchen and dining hall at Queensborough Community College.
“CUNY has a long history of providing a high-quality, competitive and remarkably affordable higher education that produces job-ready graduates with respected academic credentials,” Borough President Melinda Katz said. “This $5 million allocation will help guarantee that the physical infrastructure of these five institutions remains top-of-the-line and fully able to support a first-class experience for CUNY’s hardworking students.”
The funding will be divided between five major capital projects: $1.25 million for the construction of a “one-stop” student services center at Queens College, $1 million for laboratory and classroom upgrades in the Science and Modern Languages departments at York College, $1 million for the construction of a customized business and entrepreneurial training center at LaGuardia Community College, $1 million to create a modern kitchen and dining hall at Queensborough Community College that will replace the college’s current undersized basement dining hall and $750,000 to improve the auditorium’s audio-visual systems and the addition of teleconferencing and lecture-capture systems at the CUNY School of Law.
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