Kingsborough Community College (KCC) President Dr. Claudia V. Schrader summed it up best by saying, “It’s a special day to celebrate.” KCC unveiled its first satellite location on Tuesday, October 4th during a ribbon-cutting ceremony of Chestnut Commons, a 14-story building at 110 Dinsmore Place in East New York/Cypress Hills that will provide 275 permanently affordable homes, retail space and a community center. It is one of the first developments from the East New York Neighborhood Plan.
KCC partnered with Mutual Housing Association of New York Management, a mutual housing association, and worked with the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation to open two classrooms and an office space in the Cypress Hills East New York Community Center within Chestnut Commons.
“It’s a special day for Kingsborough Community College because we will occupy two classrooms and afford many who call this community home an opportunity to enter the pathway of higher education. Today, we plant the CUNY flag in East New York/ Cypress Hills. It is a flag that has flown since 1847 with the establishment of City College and with the belief that education of free people is the hope of humanity. Thank you for the opportunity to advance the CUNY mission,” Schrader said in her remarks to a standing-room audience of elected officials, community residents and business owners and partners.
As Brooklyn’s only community college, this satellite location is an extension of the main campus in Manhattan Beach.
About Kingsborough Community College
Founded in 1963, Kingsborough Community College is Brooklyn’s only community college and is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, Kingsborough remains firmly committed to its mission of providing both liberal arts and career education, promoting student learning and development, as well as strengthening and serving its diverse community. Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into the workforce. Serving approximately 10,000 full- and part-time students annually and an additional 10,000 students in its expanding continuing education program, Kingsborough has earned recognition as a Leader College of Distinction for excellence in student success by Achieving the Dream and has been identified as a Top Community College in the nation by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program seven consecutive times.