Consistent with its Mission Statement, Kingsborough Community College takes pride in providing comprehensive services that address student needs in order to support academic success. Our facilities support our varied academic programs. The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), working in collaboration with Academic Affairs, aims to promote the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning. ITS manages the hardware and software for all computer labs with 1,530 desktop computers, including smart boards, podium systems, and 950 wireless thin clients in 21 computerized classrooms. These labs serve to meet a wide variety of academic needs and are as varied as a diesel lab, a fashion design lab, graphic design lab equipped with Macs, and math and computer science labs. The Language Learning Labs provide students with specialized instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish. In addition, the College opened a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lab as well as a Center for Academic Writing Success (CAWS) which recently expand their student facilities and capacity, reading lounge areas, classrooms and tutoring cubicles.
The 6,550 gallon shark tank, along with five other aquarium tanks containing a host of aquatic species, and other museum quality displays relating to marine and terrestrial biology, support biology courses. There are two research labs for biology and physical sciences that support research scholars programs.
The Nursing Labs are provided with actual hospital beds and equipment simulators as well as medical mannequin simulators (including pediatric, pregnant and adult mannequins). A new state-of-the-art Simulation Center for Emergency Care and the Health Sciences uses the latest high-fidelity human mannequins and actual ambulances for instruction. Surgical technology students are provided with a mock operating room where lectures are given and they receive hands-on training on medical procedures with specialized mannequins.
The award-winning Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center building contains two large gymnasiums with retractable bleachers, indoor tracks, a 26 meter swimming pool (with depths ranging from 3 feet to 12 feet), a racquetball court, a fitness center with state-of-the art cardio equipment, a separate free-weight room, yoga rooms and dance studios. The gymnasiums accommodate basketball courts, tennis courts, and volleyball courts. The exterior tennis courts have been newly refinished and there are two new baseball fields and a soccer field on artificial turf.
Art students are provided with numerous fine art studios, a photography dark room, a ceramics studio with four (4) electric kilns and two (2) gas kilns, and state-of-the-art digital Mac labs for Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, and Digital Photography classes. The Art Gallery serves the Kingsborough and local communities through rotating exhibits of historical and contemporary artists, as well as annual faculty and student exhibitions.
The Culinary Management Center and the Oceanview Room are fully equipped cooking facilities with a realistic restaurant setting for students training in the culinary arts.
The Tourism and Hospitality program labs house software used to train students. The Opera Property Management System (PMS) Software, an industry leading system, trains students for jobs in hotel management. Virtual Enterprise MarketMaker trains students to create and operate their own virtual business. SABRE GDS (Global Distribution System) is a multi-disciplined reservation system used for making reservations for airlines, car rentals, hotels, etc.
Kingsborough’s Radio Station, WKRB 90.3, serves as both an instructional lab and a fully functional station. The state-of-the-art facility incorporates three studios, an Audio Editing suite and a Smart Classroom that accommodates 20 students. The Television Studio functions as an instructional lab with a tapeless HD workflow, incorporating three full-HD cameras, a Grass Valley video switcher, graphics and theatrical lighting system. The Multimedia Editing Lab provides opportunities for students to practice skills in remote camera operation, lighting for remotes, and editing for both video and audio. Adjacent space serves as a new distribution hub for remote/field equipment for camera and lighting instruction and practicum.
The Lighthouse Theater serves as the primary production laboratory for the theatre arts program where students practice the skills that they have learned in acting, design, technical theatre, voice, musical theatre, history and general theatre coursework. The Scene Shop is a technical theatre and theatrical design classroom and laboratory where students practice skills in lighting and scenic design, as well as electrics, carpentry, stage management, and other areas of technical theatre. The Acting Studio provides a space for students to learn the crafts of acting, voice, movement and musical theatre, serving as the theatre program’s main rehearsal space.
The College has two boats that are used for training and hands-on experience that are accessible from the college’s dock, which is located on campus.
The Robert J. Kibbee Library and Media Center contain collections of books and publications that are made available to students in support of their academic goals.
Kingsborough also offers a computerized testing facility with more than 150 stations.
Kingsborough’s open computer labs are designed for multidisciplinary use by registered students and provide a comfortable study and research lounge area. Student Help Desks support students’ varying technological needs and are an ever-present access point for students to use and receive assistance with technology for academic purposes. Staff members in these locations provide assistance with general information, computer and Wi-Fi access, student email access and password reset, and free on-campus printing. To facilitate access to education materials and programs, online assistance is available to students for log-in to, password retrieval for, and navigation to Inside Kingsborough, the mobile access site for all web-enabled devices, KBCC Mobile, Kingsborough’s mobile app, KBAM, access management for self-services-tools, the CUNY portal, the University portal, CUNYfirst, the student information system, and Blackboard, the learning management system.
Our spaces support the infrastructure for teaching and learning, scholarship and research. Although the list above is not a totally inclusive listing, it is indicative of the range of facilities we provide to support our academic endeavors.