2007-06-22 / Community

CUNY On Wheels Begins Phase Two In Rockaway Outreach

By Miriam Rosenberg

Nakita Vanstory, the Interim Director of CUNY on Wheels, outside the Addabbo Family Health Center on Beach 62 Street on June 16. The project has now entered phase two, with direct outreach to residents of the Rockaways.
Nakita Vanstory, the Interim Director of CUNY on Wheels, outside the Addabbo Family Health Center on Beach 62 Street on June 16. The project has now entered phase two, with direct outreach to residents of the Rockaways.

After spending the last few months giving informational workshops to community organizations on the Rockaway Peninsula, The City University of New York has begun the second phase in its effort to bring higher education to those who live in the Rockaways.

"We are now working to reach directly into the community," said Nakita Vanstory, the Interim Director of CUNY on Wheels. "In addition to having people host us, we will be stopping at blocks to distribute information at different locations."

CUNY on Wheels, which made its debut at Community Board 14's March meeting, is a high-tech bus with 12 workstations featuring state- of-the-art computers connected to the Internet.

Vanstory told The Wave that the bus is now staffed with a lab technician and is ready to begin its outreach to the community.

During this phase, some of the services being offered include admissions, intake and counseling to residents of Rockaway. Starting in September, the university will introduce credit and non-credit courses and workshops on the bus. High school seniors, as well as adults interested in getting a college degree, are eligible to use the services offered by CUNY on Wheels.

As reported previously in The Wave, the final goal is to turn the old courthouse on Beach 90 Street into a one-stop CUNY admissions and informational center, scheduled to open in 2009, offering credit, degree and continuing education on-site programs.

Vanstory said the CUNY on Wheels bus will be parked outside of the Community Church of the Nazarene at 1414 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway on Thursday, June 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as part of a Youth Town Hall Meeting taking place that evening at the church.

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