2005-10-28 / Columnists

The RDRC Community Update

By Curtis Archer, Executive Director

Curtis ArcherCurtis Archer Some of you may remember when the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) began the task of bringing higher education and training programs to the Rockaway Peninsula. So far the College of New Rochelle has answered the call.

The College of New Rochelle (CNR), a leader in the field of adult education and learning, has steadily increased its presence in the Rockaways since they first began offering courses in February of 2004. In Spring 2004 The College made it possible for over 40 Rockaway residents to start or continue their college education right here in the Rockaways. During this Fall 2005 semester that number has more than doubled with over 85 students registered. In 2004 Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) invited the College to come to the Rockaways at a time when no other higher education program existed on the peninsula.

RDRC has provided the College with space and has assisted them in their recruitment efforts. It is RDRC’s goal to facilitate the presence of vocational and academic training programs to help meet the educational needs of the underserved in the community. The College specializes in adult learners at least 21 years old who may or may not have a high school diploma or GED. As the College’s enrollment expands RDRC will continue to meet the need for classroom and administrative space.

The College and RDRC will be hosting two informational sessions on Saturday, December 3rd at MS 198 at 11:00am and at Beach Channel High School at 12:00pm. For more information of the CNR program or to RSVP for one of the informational sessions call RDRC at (718) 327-5300.

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