Queens-based Queensborough Community College, part of the CUNY system, has been awarded a $10 million grant from New York State to establish a healthcare clinic and training center in northern Queens, according to a news release.
Under the grant, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the NY CUNY 2020 awards program, Queensboroughs Center for Allied Healthcare Education and Workforce Development will work in partnership with Urban Health Plan, Inc., a federally qualified community health center. The 19,000 square-foot facility will provide training programs and clinical rotations for nursing students as well as continuing education students who are preparing for careers such as phlebotomists and medical assistants.
The partnership will expand access to healthcare-related educational opportunities through Queensboroughs articulation and dual/joint programs with York College of Pennsylvania and CUNYs School of Professional Studies and Queens College.
This award brings our education, healthcare and legal services all under one roof in the heart of our community, the proposals principal investigator, Denise Ward, interim vice president, pre-college, continuing education and workforce development at Queensborough, said in the release. I see a great deal of potential for this industry/education partnership program as an educational model.
Urban Health Plan will provide primary and specialty care health services for this underserved community, according to the release. In addition, the CUNY School of Law will provide free legal services and online healthcare educational opportunities to the community. The award also will allow Queensborough to upgrade the biotechnology laboratory on campus.
Students will participate in research projects at the Urban Health Plan site. The initiative expects to add more than 700 jobs over three years, with 600 of the positions filled by graduates entering the workforce in professions related to allied healthcare education, a focus of the Regional Economic Development Council.
Queensborough also received a $1.5 million grant for an advanced manufacturing for economic development initiative focusing on 3-D printing, for a total of $11.5 million in grants.