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October 10, 2006


NEW YORK, October 10, 2006 – The Center for Worker Education (CWE) has officially become a division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) at The City College of New York (CCNY), Provost Zeev Dagan has announced. The CUNY Board of Trustees at its June 26 meeting approved the change. 

Effective September 1, CWE is known as the Division of Worker Education. The Center for Worker Education name will be retained for the facility that houses the Division. Currently, it is located at 99 Hudson St. in Tribeca, but is relocating to 25 Broadway in Lower Manhattan early next year.

“Becoming a division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences gives the program significantly greater control over its operations as well as a greater voice in the college’s academic affairs,” Provost Dagan said. “President Williams joins me in congratulating Dean Lemons and everyone at the new Division of Worker Education.”

As a center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since its founding in 1981, CWE had been governed by a Policy Committee that reported to the CLAS Faculty Council. 

“This is a very important milestone in our 25-year history, marking a new stage in our ongoing development as an interdisciplinary program for working adults,” added Daniel E. Lemons, Dean of the Division of Worker Education, which is now the fourth academic division of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The other CLAS divisions are Arts and Humanities, Science and Social Science.

The new Division of Worker Education has one department. The newly established Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences has the highest number of enrolled majors of any department at City College and produces the most graduating majors. 

This important change has resulted in a new internal organization, including the addition of a department chair. The faculty has elected Harriet Alonso, a Professor of History, to hold that position. Professor Alonso will be a voting representative in the Faculty Senate and the Faculty Council of CLAS, as well.

The interdisciplinary degrees offered by the Division will not change as a result of the change of status. In addition, the Center for Worker Education will continue to house the Early Childhood Education program of CCNY’s School of Education.

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 over 159 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

CWE Contact Information

Elena Romero, Communications Coordinator, CWE, (212) 925-6625 x 258,