Dear members of the campus community,
I am pleased to announce the formalization of a program that has been in development for some time. The Rangel Infrastructure Workforce Development Initiative (RIWI) has been chaired by Professor Robert “Buz” Paaswell, directing a team that has been hard at work for over a year to develop the curriculum and roll out a plan for a program designed to prepare young people for jobs in a new, smart and environmentally sustainable infrastructure. As a non-degree program, RIWI will represent part of CCNY’s Adult and Continuing Education program, directed by Dean Juan Carlos Mercado, and will serve non-traditional students enrolling in programs of from several weeks to a full year’s duration. This initiative represents a key element in our revitalized workforce development programming.
As part of this formalization, I am happy to name Professor Angelos Lampousis as the Interim Executive Director of the program. Dr. Lampousis will assume the main operational authority, with the responsibility of managing the program and its staff. Dr. Paaswell will retain the title of Program Chair, and contribute his vision and leadership to the task of expanding the program’s reach in the field, and making sure that it addresses the critical needs of the nation’s infrastructure.
This is an exciting development at CCNY and a critical contribution that we can make in the effort to help our nation and our neighbors recover from the difficulties of the last years. I want also to acknowledge the visionary support for Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Governor Kathy Hochul for their investments in this project, and the energy and enthusiasm of our Statesman-in-Residence, the Honorable Charles B. Rangel, for initiating this conversation and making sure that it kept moving forward on all fronts.