2016-08-31 / Front Page

Carroll & Milton Petrie Foundation Awards Queensborough Community College Prestigious Grant

Queensborough Community College is the recipient of a one-year, $133,000 grant from The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation. As a result of driving changes in federal and state legislation, the grant will allow the College to expand and redesign its health career/education pathways by revising degree, non-degree and non-credit certificate programs for Medical Office Assistants.  Through local and regional research with service providers it will also help the college redefine the new skills and competencies required for Medical Assistants and leverage the existing curriculum in place in the Queensborough Nursing, Public Health and Health Sciences programs that might support the new skills.  In addition, the funding will help define the demand for not only Medical Assistants but also for new roles being driven by the legislation such as Care Coordinator and Healthcare Navigator.


Lastly, since the legislation is changing not only the delivery of healthcare services but also the types of institutions where it will be provided, Queensborough’s research will identify newly established institutions – such as Urgent Care Units replacing hospital emergency rooms – where personnel will be needed.


In addition to faculty from the departments of Biology and Health Sciences, Nursing, and Business, Queensborough will partner on the grant with the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH), New York City Labor Market Information Services (NYCLMIS) and CUNY’s Healthcare Design Series Forum.


“Coordinating care for these services, providers and facilities will be absolutely necessary,” said Denise Ward, Vice President of Pre-College, Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Queensborough. “This grant presents us with a wonderful opportunity to research and study the current and future needs of the local health care industry, and to redesign and implement new workforce design programs and curricula.”


Queensborough offers a Medical Office Assistant A.A.S. degree and 30-credit Certificate program and a Medical Office Assistant non-credit workforce training program.


This one year project will support three main objectives:


  • Redefine the post legislative reform roles and responsibilities, titles, salaries and skills and competencies required for Medical Office Assistants, based on information supplied by the local inpatient and outpatient employer community.


  • Define new career pathways needed to ascend to these roles and align them with degree programs in place or in development at Queensborough.


  • Redesign workplace and career readiness programs to support students enrolled in the newly designed programs.


Queensborough has enrolled some 300 students annually in their degree and non-degree Medical Office Assistant (MOA) programs over the course of the last three years. This grant serves to further increase enrollment by providing lasting benefits for degree and non-degree students into the foreseeable future, both academically and for career advancement.

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