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QCC awarded funds for health, 3-D work

$11.5 million for two new centers

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:14 pm, Thu Aug 14, 2014.

A new healthcare clinic in Western Queens and a 3-D manufacturing center are in the offing as part of a $11.5 million grant to Queensborough Community College in Bayside.

Of the total, $10 million has been awarded to establish a clinic and training center. Locations being looked at include Jackson Heights, Corona, East Elmhurst and Elmhurst.

The 19,000 square-foot facility will offer training and clinical rotations for nursing students and for those looking to become phlebotomists and medical assistants.

The training center will also provide classes in joint programs with York College, the School of Professional Studies and Queens College.

The grant will also allow QCC to update its biotechnology laboratory on campus with state-of the-art equipment.

The additional $1.5 million grant will be used to create an advanced manufacturing center focused on 3-D printing. It will be renovated and equipped within six months and will provide workshops and courses to industry, college and high school faculty and students.

Students will design and produce sophisticated components through collaboration with the Queens College Computer Science Department and area high schools, which will create new courses.

QCC officials say that 3-D technology enables manufacturers to produce parts locally that are now developed overseas. They believe it will lead to an increased demand for skilled professionals in this technology.

“The $11.5 million award places us as a vanguard to serve two vital industry sectors: technology and healthcare,” said QCC President Diane Call. “I am extremely proud that Queensborough Community College has been selected for our innovative ideas and leadership to provide current and prospective students the education to pursue promising careers in fields so important economically to New York City and especially the borough of Queens.”

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