College Centers, Resources and Continuing Education
THE BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE GEOSPATIAL CENTER OF THE CUNY CREST INSTITUTE (BGCCCI)
Founding Director: Dr. Sunil Bhaskaran
Meister Hall [ME], Room 330 | 718.289.5233/5566
The Bronx Community College Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute (BGCCCI) is a satellite institute of the CUNY CREST Institute. It was formed by a memorandum of understanding between Bronx Community College [BCC] and CUNY CREST Institute [City College of New York] and was officially launched on the October 3, 2014. BGCCCI is one of the three centers/units of BCC, which falls under the Office of Academic Affairs.
Geospatial technology includes geographic information systems [GIS], remote sensing [RS] and global positioning systems [GPS]. It is defined as “an information technology field of practice that acquires, manages, interprets, integrates, displays, analyzes or otherwise uses data focusing on the geographic, temporal and spatial context.” According to the US department of Labor (USDOL), geospatial technology is an emerging critical field of study that has a wide range of applications. It is also a high-growth sector that faces a critical shortage of skilled labor and, therefore, education and training in it is a national priority.
The overarching mission of BGCCCI is to educate, train and prepare BCC students for conducting cutting-edge industry-relevant STEAM research by learning concepts and acquiring hands-on workforce training skills in geospatial technology. Affiliated faculty, students’ interns and collaborators at BGCCCI conduct cutting-edge research in collaboration with the industry.
BGCCCI meets its objectives and goals by investing in the following activities:
Designing, and developing new curricula and programs.
Conducting scholarly activities and cutting-edge research in areas of national priority.
Delivering hands-on training and professional development programs for K-16 institutions, including students, educators and not-for-profit agencies.
Sustaining the Center’s activities by grants awards from private and federal entities.
Collaborating with national and international institutions in cutting-edge research areas [image and spatial analysis, deep learning, data mining, cloud-based big data analytics]
Collaborating with the industry to design innovative out-of-the-box internships and career pathways.
BGCCCI’s Geospatial Computing Center, located in Meister Hall [ME], is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest industry-standard geospatial software including open-source geospatial resources and large archives of multi-resolution satellite data and other forms of geospatial datasets.
Since 2014, BGCCCI has been contributing to national calls to reduce the gap in skilled labor by creating pathways in geospatial technology and careers. Through its affiliated faculty it fosters multidisciplinary research and projects. Affiliated faculty has written textbooks, developed learning materials using a wide range of geospatial BIG data and has designed pathways curriculum and proposals for degree programs. BGCCCI faculty has engaged in cutting-edge research with national and international institutions that has national and global significance. Affiliated faculty mentor and train students at the state-of-the-art geospatial computing center through all-year-round workshops, research internships and professional development programs. BGCCCI’s large volumes of geospatial data provide students and faculty with a unique opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research.
BGCCCI is a self-sustaining entity fueled by grants from federal and private agencies including Federal Highway Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation [USDOT], ESRI-Natural Resources Imagery Grant, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautical Space Administration [NASA], Digital Globe, Harris Corporation, Amazon and many others. Its unique sustenance model has enabled BGCCCI to grow and evolve into a major intellectual hub in the region. Currently, BGCCCI is funded by two major grants from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program (2017-2020), for more information go to https://ate.is/PGTC and NASA-EONS program (2019-2021). The Center has a high success ratio in securing funding from federal and private agencies. The center activities are evaluated internally by College designed rubrics. Its sponsored activities are evaluated by external evaluators.
CENTER FOR TEACHING, LEARNING, AND TECHNOLOGY (CTLT)
Director: Mark Lennerton
Director of Online Support and
Learning Management System: Albert Robinson
Colston Hall [CO], Room 226 | 718.289.5100, Ext. 3412
Blackboard Assistance Desk:
Roscoe Brown Student Center [BC], Room 306
As the comprehensive center for professional development to BCC’s faculty, staff, and administration dedicated to the art of teaching, CTLT produces and promotes workshops, seminars, conferences and other events that foster growth in pedagogy, scholarship, assessment and the adoption of new classroom technologies. The CTLT instructional staff explores innovative approaches to teaching and learning, promotes a common understanding of tested best practices and collaborates to develop a network of pedagogical mentorship and collegial community. Wherever possible, CTLT development programs are designed and led by BCC-qualified faculty and staff.
All such programs and activities are centered on BCC’s key academic goals: strengthening students’ engagement with learning and increasing the number of students who persist and graduate. In pursuit of these goals, the CTLT fosters collaborative relationships with faculty and staff across disciplines, across the BCC campus and across the University. The focus is on the application of pedagogy rather than the acquisition of specific subject content.
Emphasis is placed on understanding and empathizing with the student experience.
SUNY BRONX EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER
Executive Director: Ronnie Hector
1666 Bathgate Ave, Bronx, NY 10457 | 718.530.7000
Executive Director: Ronnie Hector
1666 Bathgate Ave, Bronx, NY 10457 | 718.530.7000
The Bronx Educational Opportunity Center (Bronx EOC) is one of 10 EOCs and 2 Career and Counseling and Outreach Centers (CCOCs) in New York State. The Bronx EOC is an educational and workforce development institution of the State University of New York, established to educate and train underserved adults and local communities. The Bronx EOC provides innovative academic programs leading to high school equivalency and higher education and workforce development training leading to a more productive and prosperous individual in the workplace while supporting upward mobility, economic stability, and self-sufficiency.
Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) is a network of technology laboratories located across New York state’s most economically challenged urban and rural communities.
Academic Programs: Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, College Preparation, High School Equivalency and Vocational Academic Preparation
Vocational Programs: Medical Assistant, EMT, Direct Support Professional DSP), Master Barber, Home Health Aide (HHA), Security Guard Training, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), and Microsoft Certifications
For more information please visit: http://www.BronxEOC.org
OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
718.933.1608 | 718.289.5170
Office of Career Development
Director: Alán Fuentes
Sage Hall [SA] | 718.220.7546
The Office of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Bronx Community College offers educational programs for students of all ages and backgrounds seeking to improve their career prospects and economic security, including adult basic education (primarily ESL and TASC/GED prep), training for jobs in early childhood education, construction, health care, technology and much more, along with customized training for employers and unions. The division also collaborates with BCC academic departments to develop credit-bearing vocational training programs. These “stackable” credentials — in areas from Cybersecurity to Community Health — provide students with practical, hands-on training for good jobs in growing sectors of the city’s economy.
They are also home of the Office of Career Development, which provides Bronx Community College students with job-readiness and career-building services and resources. We help students prepare for and find internships and jobs in their fields of study. Students in need of immediate employment can receive assistance through the Fast Track Jobs program. Students must complete the requirements of the Good-to-Go Checklist to qualify for most internships and employment. Our goal is to prepare students for the world of work through direct experience.
Please visit or call the Office of Career Development at Snow Hall to schedule an appointment with a career specialist and get started on your career.
OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Interim Chief Technology Officer: Luisa Martich
Colston Hall [CO], Room 827 | 718.289.5168
The Office of Information Technology offers enterprise class information technology services that support and advance the College mission and play a leadership role in providing the best educational experience for BCC students. It designs and maintains the College’s network infrastructure and systems, operates computer systems and supervises student labs, secures systems and data, provides technical support to the campus community and brings innovation to the College. The Office of Information Technology is comprised of five areas: Operations and Service Delivery, Information Security, Academic Computing, IT Service Desk and Information Services and Production Support.
Operations and Service Delivery
The Operations and Service Delivery unit is responsible for the planning, deployment, support and operation of the College’s information technology infrastructure. This infrastructure is comprised of the campus telephone system, fiber optic backbone, departmental and building networks, the campus wireless data network, wide area network connections and large-scale computer, server and information resources.
The Information Security unit oversees the BCC community’s efforts to protect its computing and information assets and to comply with pertinent laws, regulations, and policies. Additional services to the BCC community include security bulletins and information about computer security, as well as awareness, education and training efforts related to information security.
Academic Computing consists of 15 computer labs located throughout the campus. The role of Academic Computing is to provide academic departments with the equipment and support needed by faculty to conduct their classes, as well as to provide students with state-ofthe-art equipment and facilities to help them complete their academic work. Academic Computing also provides the College community with spaces to hold conferences, workshops and multimedia presentations.
IT Service Desk
The IT Service Desk provides telephone, e-mail and walk-in support to BCC students, faculty, and staff and serves as the primary point of contact for anyone seeking a resolution to IT services provided by the College. The IT Service Desk is usually a good place to start for help with computer problems, network access, or account management issues.
Information Services and Production Support
The Information Services and Production Support unit is responsible for designing, building, testing and supporting innovative, integrated and reliable technology solutions and services to be used by Students, Faculty and Staff.