Mara Gittleman, KCC Urban Farm Education Manager, Researches Stormwater Runoff in NYC

gittleman-farmCongratulations are in order for KCC Urban Farm Education Manager, Mara Gittleman. Her paper, Estimating stormwater runoff for community gardens in New York City was just published in the journal Urban Ecosystems!

“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.”

Read the entire article here:  Estimating stormwater runoff for community gardens in New York City.


Deckhand Training Available This Fall Through NRC!

If you love the ocean and working with people, then consider a career in maritime!

marine_mainA hot new career path is starting off with an entry level position as a Deckhand and we have the training that can get you a position with one of the leading NYC leading ferry service companies!

Pay the one time Non-Refundable program fee of $300 and receive:

  • 13 day express training with certifications that will prepare you for your new career.
  • Job placement assistance that includes an interview at completion of training!
  • CPR certification as well as assistance in obtaining the Transportation Worker Identification Credential!

…and so much more!



Additionally, once you complete training, in order to be gainfully employed in the maritime industry, you will need to have your Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®).  TWIC® is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities/vessels, and others who require a TWIC®. TSA conducts a security threat assessment (background check) to determine a person’s eligibility and issues the credential. U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens in certain immigrant/non-immigrant categories may apply for the credential. Most mariners licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard also require a credential. Regarding card usage and facility access requirements, please contact the U.S. Coast Guard. Learn more about TWIC® card here.  You must be able to pay the $128.00 for this credential. 

NOTICE: All applicants shall be subject to medical and physical requirements  (similar as the merchant mariner credential not needed for this training) as per 46 CFR 10.215/.203 to ensuring employability after completion of the training program.  During the application process for the credentials, along with a drug test, a physical by a physician would be completed.

Passing the medical, physical or drug test requirements DOES NOT prohibit you from registering or completing the Kingsborough NRC Deckhand training program. 


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Registration will take place on the following dates. Choose only one. Someone will confirm your attendance. Please contact Hillary Stackpole for assistance if you are not able to attend registration on any of the below listed days at 718-368-6635.
If you have any questions, you can ask them here or contact an NRC representative at 718.368.6635

Register for KCC’s CUNY Fatherhood Academy

New CFAThis Father’s Day, give the gifts of knowledge, confidence, and security to your child.

Register for KCC’s CUNY Fatherhood Academy



Are you, or someone you know, a young father who needs a high school equivalency diploma. If so, find out more about KCC’s High School Equivalency program through KCC’s CUNY Fatherhood Academy at an upcoming Application Session.

This program is more than just classroom engagement. We provide workshops, mentoring opportunities, familial engagement activities, case management, and so much more! We even provide FREE metrocards and other incentives.

Call a CFA representative for more information (718.368.6784) or register for an application session to find out more.

CYAP Success Story: Tearah Chesnut

It’s always great to hear from CEWD graduates with updates about their educational, employment and personal lives. This week’s letter comes from someone who graduated from the CUNY Young Adult Program in 2010:


Good Morning,

Tearah Chesnut via LinkedIn

Tearah Chesnut via LinkedIn

My name is Tearah Chesnut and I attended the CYAP back in 2010. When I first came across this program I didn’t know what I was getting into. I am happy to say that I did complete it and went on to starting classes as a full time student at Kingsborough just a few months later. I continued on with Culinary Arts up until I got pregnant in 2012. I was just about a few credits shy, but never continued. Since then I’ve worked in a few kitchens, but never really knew if that’s where I wanted to be. I was laid off recently from a charter school working as a cafeteria supervisor. From there I really didn’t want to go back into a kitchen, let alone find another job.

1462999315A few weeks after the layoff I decided to start my own business making soap! When people ask me what made me want to start making soap I could never really find an answer. When I think about it now, looking back, while I was in the kitchen, I always wondered how ingredients can be used in other ways (other than eating them). That’s when I started researching the benefits of fruits on your skin and other various foods in the kitchen.

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CUNY & Capital One Community College Innovation Challenge

On Thursday, May 26th from 9:30am through 2:45pm, Kingsborough will host a day of activities around entrepreneurship at the CUNY & Capital One Community College Innovation Challenge.  The day includes an engaging keynote from entrepreneur Rahfeal Gordon and a workshop on Design Thinking (see description below).  There will be students pitching their innovative ideas from several of CUNY’s Community Colleges, including Kingsborough. All are welcome!

The event will be held at:
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Boulevard
the Lighthouse (formerly the MAC Rotunda)
Brooklyn, New York 11235

Event registration can be found at:

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KCC’s Brooklyn Science Innovation Initiative


Are you a high school student who’s interested in science and/or business? In our second year, the Brooklyn Science Innovation Initiative at Kingsborough will host a group high school students to participate in an on-campus summer intensive. BSII pairs a college-level, earth science course with an entrepreneurial experience to inspire interest in science through a real-life experience.

  • Dates/times: 
    July 2016 – August 2016
    Mondays – Thursdays; 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Where:
    Kingsborough Community College
    2001 Oriental Boulevard
    Brooklyn, NY 11235
  • Cost: 
  • Added perks:
    free textbook
    free month-long Metrocard
    free lunch
    4 college credits for those who successfully complete the program

You can read more about last year’s program here:

If you would like to register, please print and submit a BSII registration form.

For more information, please contact Erika Delacruz at

The Brooklyn Science Innovation Initiative is generously supported by the AT&T Foundation and CUNY College Now.

Free workshops with KCC Urban Farm!

KCC Urban Farm and the Farm FIG are offering a number of workshops next month. These workshops are open to all KCC faculty, staff, and students. Please RSVP!

  • Planting Seeds for your Vegetable Garden @ KCC Urban Farm
    • Part 1: Tuesday, 5/3, 5pm-6:30pm
    • Part 2: Tuesday, 5/17, 5pm-6:30pm
    • Join us to plant summer crops! Learn about the ins and outs of germination from seed. Participants will plant seeds both on the farm and in trays to take home. Please plan to attend both sessions. Space is limited: RSVP required.
  • 5/11, 11:30am, room M-391: Farm FIG shared curriculum Dropbox
    • Join us for our second Farm FIG meeting of the semester, where we’ll walk through a shared Dropbox of curriculum resources for teaching about food & agriculture. Have something to contribute? Let us know!
  • 5/25, 10:20am, room M-391: Training of Trainers: Learn how to lead our “Intro to Food Systems” workshop with your students
    • Our third Farm FIG meeting of the semester will include a mini training-of-trainers for leading a participatory workshop on defining “food system.” This workshop is highly adaptable – we’ve used variations of it in farm tours, classes, and events.

Want more? KCC Urban Farm’s popular Intro to Organic Vegetable Gardening class starts May 4, 5:30-8:30pm, and runs weekly for 8 weeks. More info and registration here.

Please let us know if you plan to attend any of these. See you on the farm!

Best Practices in Marketing – CEWD, Kingsborough and NRC

Screenshot 2016-03-28 15.38.42Best Practices in Marketing Webinar

presented by Kingsborough Community College
Friday, April 15th, 11am-12pm

Winners of two Department of Labor TAACCCT Grant Awards and several other large-scale grant funded awards, the Center for Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) at Kingsborough Community College (KBCC) utilizes innovative marketing methods, including data research and strategic outreach, to successfully target candidates for their training programs and initiatives. These best practices have since been applied to the most recent TAACCCT grant, the Northeast Resiliency Consortium, as well as all other grant funded training programs awarded to the department. By developing innovative, customized campaigns, CEWD has been able to connect with multiple different constituent and participant groups through various communication platforms, including traditional print, web outreach, social media, and direct marketing.

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2016 NYAETP Youth Conference


On Tuesday, March 22, Dina LiMandri and Genesis Reyes will present at the 2016 NYAETP Youth Conference about CEWD’s successful approach to youth programming.

A strong relationship between the program counselor and participant cannot be overstated. A report by MDRC, Reconnecting Disconnected Young Adults: the Early Experiences of Project Rise, which featured KCC’s Project Rise, notes that the caring relationships between participants, case managers, instructors and staff promoted persistence and success. Participants interviewed for the report describe the staff as “invested, relentless, kind and passionate”. At CEWD, these relationships extend throughout the entire program team.

Through our presentation (click the image above for the full presentation) attendees will learn about our successful approaches that serve to empower young adult participants. We’ll review the benefits of our teamwork approach and its impact on retention. Attendees will discuss practical steps to facilitate implementation which will ultimately improve programming, participant retention results, and the development of best practices applicable to all youth programs.