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January 26, 2009


NEW YORK, January 26, 2009 – Quest, a non-profit senior educational program, has been officially named part of the Division of Worker Education (DWE) in The City College of New York’s (CCNY) College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, CCNY President Dr. Gregory H. Williams announced today.  Quest will continue to be housed at The Center for Worker Education in Lower Manhattan and will be renamed Quest: The CCNY-CWE Community for Lifelong Learning Inc.

“Quest is a lifelong learning institution that mirrors the mission of City College,” said President Williams.  “Its facility has been housed at the Center for Worker Education for close to 14 years.  We are thrilled to include this wonderful senior program into the City College family.” 

“Quest is one of the best lifelong learning programs in New York City, with the highest degree of member participations and curriculum,” said DWE Dean Juan Carlos Mercado.  “It has a spirited and commited group of students who reflect the goals of the larger body of CCNY in general and CWE in particular."  

“This is a wonderful marriage for both institutions,” said Quest president Howard Salik. “It adds a whole new dimension to the CCNY agenda and adds long term security for Quest.”

Quest is an offshoot of the Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP) established in 1962 at the New School in New York City. Quest was founded in 1995 when a group of retirees were successful in securing the daytime facilities of the Center for Worker Education (CWE) in order to initiate a platform for further learning, exchanging ideas and developing new interests.

Today the organization has 135 members and conducts 30 non-credit classes for retirees at the CCNY/CWE campus at 25 Broadway.  Quest designs and leads all of its own courses and is entirely self-governed.  Membership is open to retired and semi-retired men and women who want to remain active and intellectually stimulated.

A reception to commemorate the union will take place in March.

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 & Sciences.  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.  For addition information, visit http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/prospective/cwe/index.cfm.

About Quest

For over 14 years, QUEST, a not-for-profit educational organization with a self-governing community, has fostered peer learning for senior adults through classes and workshops designed and conducted by its members.  With over 130 members, QUEST self-administers more than 30 college-level courses each semester.  Membership is open to retired and semi-retired men and women who want to remain active and intellectually stimulated.  For additional information, visit www.questonline.org.

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 15,000 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.