York College Approved for Start-Up NY & Named Recipient of NY-CUNY 2020 Award
First, the Empire State Development approved the College's Start-Up NY Campus Plan, which enables businesses to now apply to New York State to participate in Start-Up NY, and, if accepted, to apply to York College to participate in the College's Campus Plan.
The College was also excited to learn that it has been selected to participate in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s first round of the NY-CUNY 2020 Challenge Program, a $55 million initiative. Of those funds, York College will be a partner with Queensborough Community College, Queens College, the School of Professional Studies, and CUNY Law School in a $10 million grant to establish a teaching clinic in Northern Queens. That program will provide jobs and healthcare services to the community.
According to the Office of Governor Cuomo, over a three-year period, nearly 700 graduates of healthcare programs from the partner institutions will find employment as a result of this initiative. Start-Up NY will also bring additional economic benefits to the Greater Jamaica community.
As part of the Start-Up NY initiative, York College's campus will bolster a growing economic hub where businesses can establish their companies as tax-free entities for up to 10 years. Start-Up NY will expose York College students to innovative emerging businesses, internships, entrepreneurship, job opportunities, subject matter experts, and new technology. Faculty in relevant fields may also find collaborative opportunities that benefit their students.
"This bodes well for York College and our surrounding Jamaica community," says York College President, Dr. Marcia V. Keizs. "Our partnership with Start-Up NY will enrich the education we offer students by providing even more hands-on learning opportunities."
Start-Up NY was established by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to create tax-free communities for new and expanding businesses on public and private college campuses throughout the state.