Jun 24, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Community Outreach and Continuing Education

Office of Continuing Education, Workforce Development and Strategic Community Partnerships

Room A-214, Ext. 5051

As an integral part of its mission as a community college, Kingsborough is deeply committed to providing residents of Brooklyn with varied opportunities for personal growth, educational and career advancement, and life-long learning and enrichment while addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion for members of the community. As our vibrant borough resurges economically with many new businesses and industries, Kingsborough is actively engaging with them to better prepare our residents for present and future jobs. We are also embarking on a number of strategic community partnerships to help reduce the borough’s significant economic disparities across its highly diverse communities by better preparing residents for middle-income jobs and beyond. Working closely with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Enrollment Management, the division develops innovative and multiple pathways for student recruitment, retention, completion, and career success.

Workforce Development

Room V-226, Ext. 6766

Workforce Development provides New York’s under - and unemployed residents with the training and skills necessary to advance their current careers and/or continue toward achieving a higher educational goal. This is accomplished through a series of programs and initiatives in partnership with other CUNY and non-CUNY partners. In addition, the office connects with local businesses to develop training that meets the needs of New York’s continually changing economy. Workforce Development is committed to providing our students with the most relevant training, employment readiness assistance, and access to wrap-around supports that will positively serve their long-term career and educational goals.

The division assists with management and support staff training by providing needs assessment, course design, instructional services, evaluations, and certificates of completion. Offered at the employer’s location or on Kingsborough’s campus, these activities provide the business community with cost-effective, comprehensive, quality programs to improve competitiveness by upgrading workforce skills and retraining for newly created jobs. It also combines resources to deliver credit/non-credit training programs funded by private and public agencies. For example, a Health Coach training program was designed to meet the growing demand for Maimonides Hospital and its network. New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH), Kingsborough’s Community Health degree program, and Community Care of Brooklyn (CCB) – the Maimonides led Performing Provider System (PPS) –   developed and launched a health coach training program which began Summer 2016. The program prepares experienced medical assistants (or the equivalent) or newly hired health coaches to excel in the position. Participants enroll in two (2) college-level courses for a total of six (6) credits: HPE1200- Concepts of Wellness and COH 1600- Patient Engagement Techniques in Community Health.

Additionally, the division offers courses and services for specialized target populations and program providers. Under the aegis of the College and various public agencies, funded programs may serve, for example, adult learners in need of vocational counseling, literacy and English language instruction, job readiness skills, and job training. Also, the division designs and provides courses for the employees of local businesses, industry, and municipal agencies.

Most Popular Programs

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Diagnostic testing and counseling precede placement in appropriate-level instruction classes for adults whose first language is not English. Instructional levels range from survival skills for those with no command of English to advancement skills for employees in fields such as healthcare or business who wish to refine their English language skills.

High School Equivalency (GED®)

Preparation for the GED examination (GED®) examination includes a diagnostic/prescriptive assessment, practice in test-taking, instruction in content areas, critical thinking, writing skills development, and counseling for both career development and college admission. For adults not yet ready for high school completion, basic education courses are also provided.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs with carefully designed sequences of courses, are offered on a non-credit basis, exempt from liberal arts general education requirements, and of considerably shorter duration than degree programs at the College. The Continuing Education certificate programs require commitment to a sustained and rigorous course of study. They are designed for adults seeking entry-level employment requiring skills in disciplines such as bookkeeping, business administration, accounting, medical billing and coding, paralegal, alcohol and substance abuse counseling, event and meeting planning, make-up artistry, word processing, pre-licensure, and continuing education requirements for insurance and real estate.

Healthcare Institute Programs

Healthcare is the largest single employer in Brooklyn. With that in mind, the division has partnered with the applicable certifying bodies to deliver the best possible training for those interested in entering or advancing in the healthcare field. Certification programs are offered in EMT, Certified Patient Care Technician, Certified Billing and Coding Specialist, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Certified EKG Technician, Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Medical Assistant, Home Health Aid, and a host of other allied healthcare certifications and re-certification courses.

Career Advancement Courses

Tailored to the needs of adults re-entering the job market or seeking to update or upgrade skills for current jobs, career advancement courses build skills in keyboarding, word processing, information technology, customer-service, supervisory skills, and other business office skills. Career planning is facilitated by courses that introduce the adult learner to occupational options.

CUNY Language Immersion Programs (CLIP)

The CLIP Program is designed for students who have been accepted by CUNY colleges but whose English skills need refining before they can register with CUNY as a matriculated student. CLIP is an intensive 25-hour-a-week immersion program. After completion, it is expected that the student will register with the CUNY college of their choice.

The Taxi Institute

The Office of Continuing Education is an approved city-wide provider of the 24-hour test-preparation training for the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission’s (TLC) Operators (Hack) and For Hire Vehicle (FHV) Licenses, in addition to a three-hour Wheelchair Access Vehicle (WAV) and other mandatory training programs stipulated by the TLC. All testing is done at Kingsborough, an approved TLC testing site.

College For Kids (CFK)

The College for Kids (CFK) program serves children ages five (5) through 13, who can attend a combination of academic and activity classes.  Most classes are small and all instructors are dedicated and highly qualified so that children enjoy enrichment activities not ordinarily provided in public schools.  Courses may include but are not limited to reading and math, creative writing, hands-on instruction in arts, crafts, and musical instruments, fishing, photography, as well as swimming, tennis, gymnastics, dance, self-defense, cricket and soccer. 

Liberal Arts

A variety of liberal arts courses serve adults who wish to explore their current interests in the humanities, politics, psychology, foreign languages, and other areas. Adults also register in short-term liberal arts courses to sample the experience of formal instruction in established disciplines, deciding whether they wish to enroll in the College’s credit-based courses and degree programs.

The Division is an approved provider of Continuing Education (CE) hours for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals licensed in New York State. We partner with faculty and experienced mental health professionals to develop and deliver courses and workshops that cover relevant topics at an affordable price. Topics include addressing violence in the family and community, motivational interviewing, cultural sensitivity, working with the medically fragile and supporting clients post-COVID.


The Division  publishes an online catalog four (4) times each year, which is its major promotional vehicle for its offerings. The Division also publishes various brochures and flyers for each program offered. Newspaper advertisements are produced in seven (7) languages and distributed in language-appropriate neighborhoods. Students should visit the website for additional and up-to-date information at http://www.kingsborough.edu/ce/ or email us at conted@kbcc.cuny.edu to be added to our email distribution list. 

High School Programs

College Now Program

Room F-102, Ext. 5170

College Now is a nationally recognized City University of New York/Department of Education initiative designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school to college. The program, conceived at Kingsborough Community College in 1983 and expanded by the University in 1998, operates at over 350 public high schools throughout New York City and at all CUNY colleges.

Kingsborough Community College currently offers College Now programs at about 40 New York City high schools. The program is open to tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students. Those who express interest in the program take college-level coursework tailored to their academic needs and interests. A listing of offered courses and their syllabi can be found here The courses are offered before or after the regular high school day. Students may earn up to 15 college credits, tuition-free, while in the program.

Early College Initiative (ECI)

Room F-115, Ext. 6678

Kingsborough Early College Secondary School (KECSS) is one of 17 Early College Initiative (ECI) public schools supported by The City University of New York (CUNY) that blend a rigorous college-prep curriculum with the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree while in high school – at no cost to students and their families. Located in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn, New York KECSS serves students in the 6th through 12th grades.  To learn more about the KECSS program, visit https://sites.google.com/site/kecsshome/.

Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences

Goldstein High School is an empowered New York City public high school located on the campus of Kingsborough Community College. Opened in 1993, it has an enrollment of over 1000 students. The school offers an enriched and challenging curriculum in the sciences, mathematics and humanities that exceeds city and state requirements. It also offers a variety of extracurricular activities including PSAL sports teams, theater arts, musical concerts and clubs. Direct all inquiries about the high school to 718-368-8500.

For the Community

On Stage At Kingsborough, Ext. 5596

On Stage at Kingsborough’s mission is to bring artistically and culturally diverse, multi-disciplinary performances from masters of the form to the varied communities in and around the college. They strive to create an environment where the arts are an accessible and integral part of life, and a community gathering place for inspiration, conversation, and breathtaking performances. World-class dance, music, theatre, and family performances are presented in the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center from September to May and our intimate Jazz at the Lighthouse series is presented in the The Lighthouse, featuring floor-to-ceiling ocean views. Our Hot Summer Nights! free outdoor concert series takes place at Kingsborough’s Lighthouse Bandshell every July. The Art Smart school-time program attracts more than 8,000 New York City public school children for weekday performances of professional children’s shows.  For more information visit http://www.onstageatkingsborough.org/