CUNY Opens New High-Tech Campus in Inwood

By Julie Shapiro on September 23, 2012 11:27am 

Officials including City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat cut a ribbon Sept. 22, 2012 to open a new campus for CUNY in the Heights at 5030 Broadway.
Officials including City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat cut a ribbon Sept. 22, 2012 to open a new campus for CUNY in the Heights at 5030 Broadway.
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INWOOD — The City University of New York's Uptown campus has never looked smarter.

Politicians cut a ribbon Saturday to open a new $4.7 million building for CUNY in the Heights, a program targeted at the Latino and immigrant communities in Upper Manhattan and The Bronx.

The 15,000-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Inwood Center, 5030 Broadway at West 214th Street, will serve 3,500 students a year, offering continuing education classes and professional certificates, officials said.

With SMART Boards, computer labs and central air-conditioning, officials said the new building is a major improvement over CUNY in the Heights' old headquarters at 108 Cooper St., at the Good Shepherd School, which was not handicap accessible and had no central air, so it could not offer classes during the summer.

"This is a great day for CUNY and a great day for Inwood," City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez said in a statement after Saturday's ribbon cutting. "Now members of our community will have an institution of higher education just blocks away, working to inspire and push students to achieve their dreams."

Rodriguez provided $2 million in funding for the new campus, and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat provided $2.7 million, officials said.

CUNY in the Heights, run by Hostos Community College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College, has a 15-year lease on its new home, which also contain offices for 150 faculty and staff.

"I cannot think of better neighbors, or a better addition to the neighborhood," Espaillat said in a statement.

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