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Rockland Community College Kicks off 60th Anniversary with “Legacy of Change” Walking Tour Open to the Public


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2019


ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. – To commemorate Rockland Community College’s 60th anniversary, the college hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free guided history tour of the main campus on October 11. The historical walking tour, which highlights ‘A Legacy of Change’, is open to the public through the end of 2020.

“We started with an old almshouse and transformed it into an institution that promised to make higher education accessible to all. Not only have we kept that promise, we have expanded and enhanced educational opportunities for Rockland County residents, and we will continue this work for years to come,” stated President Dr. Michael A. Baston.

On hand for the ribbon cutting were 2000 RCC graduate NYS Senator David Carlucci, NYS Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, RCC Board of Trustees Chair Martin Wortendyke, NYS Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, NYS Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, Rockland County Legislator Toney Earl, and Rockland Community College Trustee Grant Valentine.

Students of the Foundation-funded RCC Street Team helped to design the banners, timeline, website and decorations for the walking tour. “The work I did on the 60th timeline gave me a chance to learn the history of the school and helped me build my graphic design skills,” said Nikolas Kuryla, an RCC Visual Communications major. “It gave me the hands-on experience of working on a team to create a real-world, large-scale project to build my portfolio.”

The walking tour consists of seven stops, each with an informative banner outlining the history of the specific location, a 14-foot timeline window display in the Cultural Arts building, and vintage View-Masters with photos from the past 60 years at each stop, transporting attendees back through time.


About Rockland Community College, State University of New York

Rockland Community College offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. RCC’s Career Skills Academy is designed to provide work-ready programs for students of any age to get the necessary skills for a new job, or to enhance an existing career. The programs—including automotive technology, IT support, professional bookkeeping, and more—are designed to teach specific skills in a concentrated time frame so students can start a new career, earning a good salary, in less than one year.


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Additional Remarks from Dr. Michael A. Batson

This College has served as a catalyst for the creation of the businesses and industries that have built the Lower Hudson Valley. The innovators that started these businesses got their start here at RCC and they have looked to RCC graduates throughout the years to help grow their businesses. We are proud to be a part of the economic fabric of this community.

We continue this legacy of progress and innovation through our work in transforming the College into five schools–which will bolster our programs, support services, and instructional approaches–and through our recent expansion in opening our Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center in Nyack, New York and where our Hudson Market on Main is expected to open at the end of this month.

We have recently been awarded a $3 million grant, the largest the College has ever received. The Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support the development and implementation of RCC’s five Academic Schools model and increase participation and improve retention and affirms our 60 years of hard work, and assuring that we are on the right path of progress, transformation and innovation–with purpose–that is ingrained in the culture of Rockland Community College.

We are the “Can Do College” and we “Can Do It,” together.


Photo Credit Janice Goldstein:

Caption of Ribbon Cutting Shot:
Several dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Rockland Community College and the kickoff of the Anniversary Walking Tour; (left to right), RCC President Dr. Michael A. Baston, NYS Assemblyman Ken Zebwoski, NYS Senator David Carlucci, NYS Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, RCC Student Thomas Leanord, NYS Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, Rockland County Legislator Toney Earl, Rockland Community College Trustee Grant Valentine, RCC Board of Trustees Chair Martin Wortendyke and RCC student Jhanavi Parmar.