Medgar Evers College
School of Professional and Community Development (SPCD)
The Mission of the School of Professional and Community Development (SPCD) is to support life-long learning and provide caring environments to en-rich the academic, social and professional development of youth and adults. We provide opportunities for community residents to improve the skills needed for new career opportunities, to enhance the skills that lead to promotional opportunities, to improve their basic skills in preparation for higher education and to explore cultural and artistic workshops that enhance one’s personal development. SPCD responds to the needs of the community through four divisions: Academy for Youth, Academy for Career Pathways, Adult and Continuing Education and Research and Advocacy Centers.
Academy for Youth
The Academy for Youth is a coalition of youth programs designed to enrich the academic, physical, social and cultural development of students in grades K-12. The Academy offers services after school, Monday–Friday and on Saturdays. All students have an opportunity to participate in sports or cultural activities, educational remediation or enrichment classes, and leadership workshops or discussion groups. In addition to the regularly scheduled activities, all students are encouraged to participate in community service, service learning, or internships activities.
Academy for Career Pathways
The Academy for Career Pathways assists displaced, untrained, or undertrained workers and community residents to re-enter the job market or obtain a college degree. The Academy works closely with businesses to ensure that the training provided meets workforce standards and that trainees are prepared to be exceptional employees.
Adult and Continuing Education
Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) at Medgar Evers College encompasses three major areas of focus:
1. Tuition-based certificate programs and courses for community residents.
2. Customized contract training and professional development for organizations.
3. Grant-funded programs providing services for community residents.
Research & Advocacy Centers
Research & Advocacy Centers consist of: Caribbean Research Center, Center for Black Literature, Center for Law and Social Justice, East New York Program and CUNY Citizenship Now! at Medgar Evers College Immigration Center.
Dr. Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant serves as the Dean for the School of Professional and Community Development. She has more than 15 years of professional experience in academic and administrative administration working with young adults and adults in higher education.
Contact information: (718) 804-8805 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.