President F�lix V. Matos Rodr�guez Reflects on a Successful 2013-14 Academic Year at Hostos


Dear Friends,


The 2013-2014 academic year at Eugenio Mar�a de Hostos Community College was one of continued growth and noteworthy accomplishments. As I complete my fifth year as president, I am thrilled to announce that Hostos graduated nearly 900 students, our second largest class to date.  


Our students continue to receive awards and distinction. A prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship was awarded to one of our Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science students, 18-year-old Dakota Marin. Dakota is eagerly looking forward to using this award to fast-track his studies at New York University's Polytechnic School of Engineering, beginning in July.


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New "Hostos Community Heroes" Grant Program Aims To Aid Veterans
Hostos Community College has received a $300,000 grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to launch a veterans support program called "Hostos Community Heroes."

Based out of the College's Division for Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD), Hostos Community Heroes is a two-year pilot program designed to support veterans pursuing non-degree CEWD certifications, remedial courses and related training programs, including Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification, Credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Certification, and Hands-On Automotive Transmission Certification.

Hostos Community College, Phipps Neighborhoods, and Montefiore Health System Announce $1MM Grant from JPMorgan Chase

Phipps Neighborhoods, Montefiore Health System and Hostos Community College recently announced a $1 million grant from JPMorgan Chase to support their Career Network: Healthcare partnership in the South Bronx. The goal of the employer-driven program is to secure employment and/or education for young adults through training and career exploration geared toward a healthcare-related field.

"We're thrilled to have the support of JPMorgan Chase in continuing to address the triple threat of poverty, high unemployment and low academic achievement that impacts the South Bronx," said Dianne Morales, Executive Director and CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods. "Partnerships, like this one with Montefiore and Hostos, provide innovative solutions that contribute to the financial stability and overall economic well-being of our communities.

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Hostos Learning Center Graduate Receives Prestigious Scholarship Award

On June 18, 2014, 112 students from the Adult Learning Center at Eugenio Mar�a de Hostos Community College received their high school equivalency diplomas. A determined woman who preceded them was honored at a special ceremony on the following day.

Elaudis M�ndez, who is now attending Hostos after having earned her GED in 2012, received the Peter Jennings Laurel Scholarship at the Graduate School and University Center on June 19. She is one of a very few Adult Learning Center graduates to have earned this honor.

Hostos Community College, Lehman College, and Bronx Community College Make History

Recognizing that every student's academic journey is different, but every accomplishment is important and should be recognized, Hostos Community College has entered into an historic agreement with Lehman College and Bronx Community College.

A "Reverse Transfer System" was launched on July 3, 2014 -the first in New York- that will allow students at one of the Bronx area community colleges to take credits they earn at Lehman College and advance them toward an associate degree at their "home" community college.

Student of the Month

Fevidaury Valerio Arias

Fevidaury Valerio Arias is one of two Hostos Students to receive the 2014 CUNY Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Leadership Award. An aspiring registered nurse, Fevidaury embodies the dedication and quality of character needed to excel in her chosen field.

The awards are presented to students who are selected by the chief student affairs officers on each CUNY campus. Students receiving a Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Leadership Award have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better and have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities in both academic and co-curricular activities.

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Ruby Bryan

On June 25, Hostos Community College alumna Ruby Bryan received the Caribbean American Healthcare Award from the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), proving conclusively that there is no expiration date on a dream.

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Wednesday, August 6

Hostos Allied Health Career Pipeline Program--Open House
Savoy Multi-Purpose Room/D-Building
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
For more information contact:
(718) 319-7945

Tuesday, September 17
HIV Testing
Location: TBA
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
For more information contact:
(718) 518-4483

Thursday, September 25
Public Conversation:
New Paradigms in Economic Development
Savoy Multi-Purpose Room/D-Building
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
For more information contact:
(718) 518-6658

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