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August 15, 2008


NEW YORK, August 15, 2008 – The Downtown Institute for Foreign Languages (DI), a new program offering daytime instruction for non-matriculating students in seven languages, has begun operations at The City College of New York Center for Worker Education (CWE),  CWE Acting Dean Juan Carlos Mercado announced.  

Students will be able to take classes in Arabic (contemporary classical), Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish during the early morning and lunch-time hours this fall. CWE hopes DI will be especially appealing to those who work in the financial district/Wall Street community.

"DI is also offering on site instruction to organizations interested in providing this benefit to their employees," Dean Mercado said. We have a first class facility and it did not have many activities during the morning hours and lunch time. I also considered our downtown location and the fact that one of our goals is to contribute in developing the downtown area.”

Courses are taught by university-level professors from CWE and City College. There are two sessions held this fall semester. Fall I runs from September 8 through October 16 and Fall II runs from October 27 through December 5.

In addition to foreign language courses, DI will also provide business writing courses and ESL classes for those who want to improve their verbal and written skills. Students will be able to advance their skills in writing and preparing emails, letters, reports, PowerPoint presentations, memos, and resumes.

“Since we are a public institution, this offering will be totally affordable, and indeed, it will serve the community,” said Mercado.

The cost for a six-week session for either Fall I or Fall II is $500. The cost for enrolling in both is $900. For more information, call 212-925-6625, ext. 246.

About the Division of Worker Education

The Division of Worker Education, headquartered at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) in Lower Manhattan, is a division of The City College of New York’s (CCNY) College of Liberal Arts & Science. It offers an excellent interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Liberal Arts with a number of special concentrations. The Center for Worker Education also hosts the CCNY School of Education’s B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Founded in 1981, the Division has become one of the leading educational institutions for working adults in New York City. It attracts over 750 working professionals per semester and reflects the multi-ethnic composition of New York City.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.

CWE Contact Information

Elena Romero, Communications Coordinator, CWE, (212) 925-6625 x 258, eromero@ccny.cuny.edu.