Metropolitan Universities and the Multicultural Workforce


  • Shirley Strum Kenny Queens College


Higher Education, Community Education,


The public urban universities directly serve their communities by educating the future workforce and providing community service and continuing education for the present one. Most of the people who work in an urban community, Including the leadership of Its public and private sectors, grew up in the city and obtained their education there. The article describes two innovative programs at Queens College of the City University of New York which prepare their students not only for their first steps on the career ladder but provide, as well, a basis for their subsequent development. Both programs were developed and are implemented in close collaboration with employers.