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By Kathianne Boniello

With the help of a $25,000 grant from Con Edison, Queensborough Community College in Bayside was expected to enhance an existing on-campus computer center for the school’s continuing education program, Queensborough announced this week.

Dr. Eduardo Marti, QCC president, said the Con Edison grant would allow the school to give students in the continuing education program access to the most current technology.

“To offer relevant instruction and support services, the college must provide up-to-date computer laboratories that will support the latest technologies,” Marti said in a statement.

The Con Edison Community Computing Center will include Internet-accessible computer workstations that feature business software.

QCC Spokeswoman Jennifer Dullahan said the grant, to be distributed over three years, will bolster the school’s ability to get equipment for the computer lab.

“This will help us support that lab,” Dullahan said.

Queensborough Community College staff were expected to teach introductory computer classes that would include lessons on how to use the Internet, giving local residents the chance to do on-line research. Independent tutorials would also be available.

Carol Conslato, director of public affairs at Con Edison, said the utility makes “an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

The school’s continuing education program offers a variety of classes and activities for a range of people including general education, business and technical training, cultural enrichment, and physical activities for youths and adults.

Marti said “this generous grant from Con Edison will help us to meet some of our technology goals and in doing so, to better meet the professional, educational and cultural enrichment needs of our community as well.”

Conslato said “Con Edison is proud to be a part of this effort to provide computer access and training to community residents.”

For more information about the school’s continuing education program call 718-631-6343, or go on-line at www.qcc.cuny.edu.

Reach reporter Kathianne Boniello by e-mail at Timesledgr@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 146.

Posted 7:03 pm, October 10, 2011
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