This summer, 30 NYC high school students participated in Kingsborough’s Brooklyn Science Innovation Initiative (BSII), a STEM program that combined chemistry, nutrition, urban farming and entrepreneurship topics into one 5-week summer intensive.
Using KCC’s Urban Farm as a hands-on, living lab, students learned about carbohydrates, fats, protiens, vitamins and minerals through a nutritional chemistry course. This class was paired with a business course, Sustainable Entrepreneurship, where groups of students developed businesses based on the science topics they learned.
Join us on Thursday, August 3rd for the final event where groups of students will pitch their business in a “Shark Tank”-style event and showcase the science behind their work in a posterboard session. All are welcome to attend.
Spend July with Kingsborough’s for the Brooklyn Science Innovation Initiative (BSII) a science and business immersion program!
This program has a lot going for it! First, you’ll learn about foundational chemistry topics through the lens f nutrition, specifically about how chemicals, vitamins and minerals effect basic bodily systems. Second, you’ll use KCC Urban Farm, KCC’s on-campus food production site, as a hands-on laboratory. Third, you’ll take what you’ve learned to create businesses that respond to industry-related problems. When you go back to school in the Fall, you’ll have the power to amaze your friends with your knowledge of chemistry, business, nutrition AND farming.
Last year’s focus of Earth Science led students to create businesses such as SpearTech, a solar-powered outdoor canopy that harnesses the sun’s power for usable energy, and BeeHax, a company that studies and proposes solutions to the collapse of bee colonies around the world, among others.
“I was not going to give up, so I applied aggressiveness and went for it.”
Ashlye was a student of KCC’s Project Rise in 2014. She entered the program having already completed the requisite credits for high school completion at the Bronx Aerospace Academy, but was denied a diploma on a technicality. While she had a passion for a job in the aviation industry, she knew that in order to support herself and her daughter, she would need to change her immediate career prospects.
Upon attending an information session, program administrators, Norma D’Arancio and Victoria Bershtat, urged her to enroll telling her that she had the skills to rapidly excel in the program. The commute was long but knowing that “the further I had to [travel] to get an education, the more I’d want it.” This momentum began the moment she started.
As Brooklyn’s only community college, Kingsborough has undertaken an ambitious strategic initiative to deeply engage with and serve its borough’s residents, especially the ones living in communities underserved by Kingsborough. While Brooklyn has undergone a transformation in recent years, outpacing the rest of the city and state in economic development, job creation and income growth, significant economic disparities across its diverse communities still persist. Lower levels of skills development and educational attainment are closely tied to these disparities. Nearly 50% of Brooklyn residents over age 25 have a high school diploma or less, which has a significant impact on earnings growth.
Our “Equity in the Borough Campaign,” in alliance with strategic community and industry/business partners, provides precious opportunities to reduce these disparities and improve the economic and social standing of targeted neighborhoods. Though we have established strong relationships with community-based organizations in most of the borough, including Brooklyn Public Library’s 60 branches, we are presently focusing our campaign on three rather distant areas from our campus with high levels of poverty which we deem as most underserved by Kingsborough: Canarsie, Cypress Hills, and Sunset Park. We are offering some of our non-credit and credit programming at these partnership sites starting March 2017, making it more convenient for the residents of the targeted areas (and adjoining neighborhoods) to take advantage of our quality college preparation, workforce development, and academic offerings. We are also planning to provide a shuttle bus between the partnership sites and our campus to enable these residents to continue their education and job skills development. Our campaign also engages industry and business partners to ensure our training programs and degree offerings provide skills that lead to career-track jobs with opportunities for advancement.
The CUNY Fatherhood Academy (CFA) is a free program designed to promote responsible parenting and economic stability for unemployed and underemployed fathers ages 18-28, through education, employment, and personal development. The program provides a range of academic and personal supports including TASC (High School Equivalency test) preparation classes, tutoring, individualized counseling, parenting seminars, free MTA Metrocards, and job preparation.
The CFA offers two program tracks: HSE Prep and College Prep. Additionally, college and career readiness workshops are offered to prepare participants for college enrollment and identify a career path. Attaining a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, enrolling into college, increased familial engagement, and acquiring gainful employment are all essential goals for the
Participants will receive:
Preparation for the TASC, NY’s high school equivalency exam
Career and educational exploration
Preparation for college enrollment and job placement
Work experience through internships and/or part-time jobs
Workshops on important parenthood topics including familial bonding, health, and financial literacy.
To be eligible you must:
Be a male between the ages of 18 and 28 years
Be eligible to work in the United States (citizen, have a green card, or have a work visa)
Not be enrolled in college or another training program
Last month, Kingsborough Community College hosted the Thrive and Succeed Summit, a day-long seminar and workshop led by Chet W. Sisk, head founder of LEAD Global. Chet, along with is partners Rocio Perez, DeAngelo Starnes and Gabriel Jimenez guided the audience through discovering, defining and harnessing their passions into a meaningful career, whatever that may be. KCC students, faculty and staff explored what the recent social and economic paradigm shift means to them as they enter the workforce, including what the new definitions of employment and the workforce.
Chet talked about the major pillars of the current employment and world paradigm shift:
Chet Sisk speaking with KCC students
The emergence of The Internet of Things
Connectedness as a world philosophy
The coming automation unemployment crisis
The restorative justice movement
The shared gender empowerment movement
The sharing economy
The employment market has changed. Workers seek companies that represent their interests and values; encourage individuality and innovation; explore new technologies; and depart from the top-down approach towards a collaborative work environment. CEWD, in our commitment to providing the most relevant training programs, will continue to collaborate with the college, community businesses, external organizations and informed individuals to explore how we can provide services that are relevant and valuable to those we serve.
There are changes afoot at CEWD, so stay tuned to hear more!
In its second year, the Brooklyn Science Innovation Initiative (BSII) invited more than 35 high-school students to Kingsborough Community College (KCC) for a summer science and business immersion program. BSII paired a college-level Earth Science coursed with a virtual enterprise experience and had student develop virtual businesses using the concepts they learned in each class. This year’s student businesses include SpearTech, a solar-powered outdoor canopy that harnesses the sun’s power for usable energy, and BeeHax, a company that studies and proposes solutions to the collapse of bee colonies around the world.
Join us next Monday to hear student pitches and view their showcase of potential ideas. The event will be held at KCC’s MAC Rotunda (the Lighthouse) on August 8th from 2:30pm to 5:00pm
*update as of December 2016. We are currently only offering the Food Service Upgrade training program. If you would like more information or would like to sign up for an application session, please follow this link to our application session page.
Dreams AND careers begin here!
You can get a head start on your dreams, and onto a great career path by enrolling in one of our affordable Northeast Resiliency Consortium training programs through Kingsborough Community College’s Center for Economic and Workforce Development in Brooklyn. NRC training programs prepare individuals for employment and career advancement in the high-growth sectors of Culinary Arts, Maritime Technology, and Health Care.
“Community gardens are critical ecological infrastructure in cities providing an important link between people and urban nature. The documented benefits of community gardens include food production, recreational opportunities, and a wide number of social benefits such as improving community stability, reducing crime, and physical and mental health benefits. While much of the literature cites community gardens as providing environmental benefits for cities, there is little empirical evidence of these benefits. Here we examine the stormwater runoff benefits of community gardens by comparing two methods to estimate absorption rates of stormwater runoff in urban community gardens of New York City. The first method uses general land cover classes as determined by a land cover dataset; the second methods adds a land cover specific to community gardens — raised beds, typically used for food production. We find that in addition to the stormwater mitigation performed by pervious surfaces within a garden site, community gardens in New York City may be retaining an additional 12 million gallons (~45 million liters) of stormwater annually due to the widespread use of raised beds with compost as a soil amendment.”