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Continuing & Professional Studies Open House August 29

Actor Khalil Kain, whose feature film credits include "Renaissance Man" and "For Colored Girls," will conduct an auditioning class at CCNY.
Lonette McKee, an actor, producer, director and screenwriter who appeared in "Malcolm X," "The Cotton Club" and "Jungle Fever," among other films, will teach an acting workshop.

Celebrity instructors, including actors Khalil Kain & Lonette McKee, to discuss new offerings

Interested in learning a new skill for today’s challenging job market or acquiring tips on healthy living? Then head to The City College of New York Wednesday, August 29, for the second annual Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) Open House. The event, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in The Great Hall, Shepard Hall, will highlight new courses and offer savings on class fees for people who register at the open house.

“Our course offerings – both new and existing – are designed to empower New Yorkers, especially in our community, with the skills and training that will enable them to be competitive in the job marketplace,” said Sharon Mackey-McGee, CPS’ executive director.  

Attendees will also be able to meet some of CPS’ faculty and staff, including this fall’s celebrity instructors. Among the notable personalities teaching CPS courses this semester are:

  • Actors Khalil Kain and Lonette McKee, who will conduct auditioning classes and an acting workshop, respectively;
  • Thespian Florene “Flo” Wiley, who will teach a public speaking class;
  • Dr. Jeff Gardere, “America’s psychologist,” who will lecture on managing emotions for success and,
  • Dr. Lloyd Strayhorn, a renowned numerologist, who will teach a class entitled “Numbers and You.”

The open house will also preview several new certificate courses for qualified nurses seeking advancement in their respective specialties. These include:

  • Gerontological Nursing Review and Update
  • Medical Surgical Nursing Review
  • Critical Care Review and Update
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Other health-related classes cover rehabilitation aide training, home health aide certification and holistic health. The latter, which is offered in Spanish as well as English, was designed to address needs discussed at a Holistic Wellness Expo at City College last April that drew more than 500 attendees.

CPS offers a potpourri of multi-session mini-courses and certificate programs designed to help students learn new skills, further their careers or fulfill their love of learning. The choices include a human resources management certificate program, a visual storytelling class taught by former television network producer Richard Martin, and a workshop on how to become a deejay, presented by The Heavy Sound, who will provide music at the Open House.

For professional development, CPS offers courses that increase earning potential such as pharmacy technician, teacher’s assistant and personal trainer. Training is also available for security guard, CPR and other jobs.

“Our goal is to be a viable source of exceptional training and educational opportunities and to be a multidisciplinary resource for education for Harlem residents and beyond,” said Ms. Mackey-McGee. “We want people to say you can go to The City College of New York to pursue a degree program, for personal development through short-term courses or just to take a fun course.”  

For more information on the open house and fall CPS offerings, call (212) 650-7312 or visit:

Continuing and Professional Studies at CCNY
Established in 1997 as The City College of New York Adult and Continuing Education Program, Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) offers quality, lifelong education. Thousands of New Yorkers have benefited from its continuing education programs, picking up new skills and fresh knowledge in their quest to better their lives. Its mission was expanded recently to provide training for professionals who need advanced credentials to further their careers. CPS now offers credit-bearing courses that can count toward a degree program. These are backed by CCNY’s extensive faculty expertise in architecture, engineering, education, biomedical sciences, digital media and other areas.  



Jay Mwamba
p: 212.650.7580