Future now program at BCC


Bronx Community College received a $125,000 grant from Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies in support of the college’s Future Now program.

Future Now was founded in 1998 at the community college, and its mission is to end the cyclical marginalization of disenfranchised young adults ages 16-to-24 in the Bronx. Currently there are 1,000 community college students in the program, and it offers free high school equivalency classes, job training counseling, tutoring, peer mentoring and college enrollment support.

About 95 percent of the students within the program have been affected by the justice system, whether it’s incarceration, probation or court cases.

The grant supports free job training in the allied health and IT sectors for 100 Future Now students. All participants receive job readiness support services. The program helps students find jobs or internships.

More than 6,000 students earned their high school equivalency diplomas through the program and more than 2,000 have attended the community college. Meanwhile, 2,000 have participated in at least one workforce development program.

The community college offers more than 40 academic programs that prepared students for careers and higher education at a four-year institution. According to the spring report of 2020 from CUNY PMP, student enrollment was 9,510 with 75 percent representing the Bronx. The community college is known as a Hispanic Serving Institution with students from 100 countries.

Catholic education enlightened

Sister Remigia Kushner, department chairperson, graduate director, and professor of education at Manhattan College, received 2022 Lighting the Fire for Catholic Education Award from the Catholic School Administrators Association of New York State in November.

The award was presented at the CSAANY’s 50th anniversary. Her selection was based on the graduate educational leadership program at Manhattan College.

“The Lighting the Fire for Catholic Education Award that I received cannot be credited to me alone,” said Sister Remigia. “Every graduate of the leadership program has made a world of difference to their educator colleagues and the children and families they serve in New York State and throughout the U.S. My honor is their success.”

The program has a set of given courses, and they respond to global, social, economic and educational trends.

The prestigious honor recognizes those who have dedicated their careers to the support of Catholic education in the state.

Out of the seven 2022 Lighting the Fire Awards, one was Cardinal Timothy Dolan — the Archbishop of New York.

Alzheimer’s scholarships

The Alzheimer‘s Foundation is helping the younger generation affected by the disease that affects memory and behavior. High school seniors have a chance to enter a contest and win $5,000 for college tuition through the foundations America Teen Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship. Runner-ups will have additional prizes as well. More than $350,000 in scholarships has been awarded since its inception.

The contest asks to either submit an essay of a maximum of 1,500 words or submit a video of no more than four minutes explaining the impact of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related illnesses on themselves, their families, or their community and what they learned

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