I was a straight out of high school and a first-generation college student, taking English, Anthropology, and EMT courses, and I had no clue about what I was doing with my life (or my hair). But I learned A LOT while attending community college and...
I became an EMT
I spent most of my college days working in the Emergency Department of our local hospital and my summers working with the Minority Medical Education Program at the Medical School, where I attended to thousands of critical patients and helped usher the next generation of students of color into medical school and the allied health fields.
I understand what first responders are going through and I know what it takes to make sure we support them during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, because I was one. At City College, we need to:
Strategically develop public-private partnerships and provide expanded and accelerated certificate curriculum programs to train the next generation of first responders and allied health technology workers
Systematically prioritize the programs that lead to good-paying jobs in the post-COVID-19 economy and scale those programs along with our community programs to ensure maximum availability and a balanced budget
- Invest in specialized counselors, student resource groups, and learning communities that will guide first-generation students and undeserved populations into these great jobs in our community
Expedite the construction of the Allied Health Services Center on the John Adams campus (on Masonic Drive) using a rapid BOOT model
At this rate, City College will close in the next 2-4 years and thousands of students, faculty, and staff will be left out in the cold without a way to get a degree or land a better job in the post-COVID-19 economy.
More than 75% of our nurses, firefighters, and EMTs are trained through community colleges
I hope that you will join me as we fight to remake City College in service of the thousands of students who depend on this pivotal institution to work towards a degree, learn a new skill to better support their families in a post-COVID-19 economy, and take community classes to remain engaged in lifelong education.
There's a tough road ahead, but I'm confident that we can succeed and put City College on the right path together.
Thank you for your love and support,