School officials travel to Richmond Hill High school to tout CUNY college credit program


Leaders of CUNY and NYC public schools visited Richmond Hill High School on March 11 to promote the success of a CUNY-backed college career readiness program.

CUNY Chancellor Felix V. Matos Rodriguez and NYC Public Schools Chancellor David C. Banks turned out to promote the FutureReadyNYC program, a public-school initiative where high school students can earn college credits and benefit from paid work experiences from participating CUNY schools.

The accelerated program is a pathway for students to also break out into STEM and business fields, while getting a head start in completing a CUNY degree.

Students, such as those at Richmond Hill High School, enrolled in the program are able to earn up to 11 college credits throughout their junior and senior year. The courses were developed in partnership with York College. 

This year, Mayor Eric Adams invested $19 million into the FutureReadyNYC program, expanding it to 100 high schools in the city. CUNY doubled the number of its colleges participating in the program, increasing from 8 to 16 schools.

Rodriguez said that the program empowers the city’s youth and puts them on a path to career readiness.

“Preparing New York City’s children for successful careers is one of the greatest responsibilities that we have both at CUNY and at NYC Public Schools, and the continued growth of this program will mean that even more high school students will graduate ready to kickstart their futures,” he said.

Banks, meanwhile, added that students in the program are “on paths to bold futures.”