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Borough of Manhattan
Community College
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Main entrance (2006)
Type Public
Established1963;56 years ago (1963)
President Karrin E. Wilks (interim)
Location, ,
United States
Campus Urban

The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is a public community college in New York City. It is one of the seven two-year colleges within the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1963, BMCC originally offered business-oriented and Liberal Arts degrees for those intending to enter the business world or transfer to a four-year college. Its original campus was scattered all over midtown Manhattan, utilizing office spaces, hotel conference rooms, and various spaces throughout Manhattan. In the mid-1970s CUNY began scouting for suitable property on which to erect a new campus of its own. The current campus has been in use since 1983. Currently, with an enrollment of over 27,000 students, [1] BMCC grants associate degrees in a wide variety of vocational, business, health, science, engineering and continuing education fields.

Community college type of educational institution

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The BMCC student body is nearly two-thirds female and has a median age of 24, with attending students hailing from over 100 different countries. The Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development at BMCC serves more than 11,000 students who complete non-credit bearing and certificate programs in allied health, information technology and media arts, career training and personal development, English as a Second Language and other areas. Another 10,000 students are enrolled in distance education programs. BMCC has a faculty of nearly 1,000 full-time and adjunct professors.

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Borough of Manhattan Community College is in the heart of the TriBeCa neighbourhood and occasionally hosts the Tribeca Film Festival's ceremonies and films. [2] The four main campuses rest between New York City Hall and the Financial District near the Hudson River in Downtown Manhattan.

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Downtown/TriBeCa campus

Off-site programs

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Fiterman Hall and the September 11 attacks

Fiterman Hall was heavily damaged from the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on 9/11. Fiterman hall damage.jpg
Fiterman Hall was heavily damaged from the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on 9/11.

The original Fiterman Hall opened in 1959 and occupied a block bounded by Greenwich Street, Barclay Street, West Broadway, and Park Place. [3] It was donated to BMCC in 1993 by Miles and Shirley Fiterman, for whom the building was subsequently named. At the time, it was the largest private donation to a community college in the U.S. history. [4] [5] In 2000, the State of New York Dormitory Authority, which owned the building, began a massive renovation to better adapt the building for classroom use. [6]

During the September 11 attacks in 2001, the building's structure was heavily compromised by debris from the collapse of 7 World Trade Center, and the renovation was never completed. The building became unsafe to occupy because of exposed asbestos and mold growth. Since traditional demolition would result in an unacceptable environmental impact, the building was scheduled for deconstruction and decontamination as a part of the Lower Manhattan redevelopment project. [7]

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New Fiterman Hall

Fiterman Hall was to be replaced by a new building designed by the architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners [8] after the deconstruction, and was scheduled to be completed by February 2007. [9] [10] However, environmental impact concerns and funding issues caused numerous delays. At a press conference at BMCC on November 13, 2008, city and state officials announced a new agreement that revised demolition and reconstruction plans through a funding agreement among New York City, New York State, and the City University of New York. In addition, approximately $80 million from an insurance settlement would be applied to the project's budget. [11] Under the plan, the new Fiterman Hall was completed in 2012. [6] [12]

Career development

The Center for Career Development (CCD) provides students with comprehensive career planning services. Its professional career counselors assist students in making informed decisions about an area of study; research occupations that match their personal interests; write a resume; practice interviewing, and help them prepare as candidates for internships and employment. Students also learn to clarify their career goals, develop effective communication and interpersonal skills, conduct job searches, and develop a digital portfolio for employers to view as evidence of their skills, accomplishments and professional qualifications. In addition, CCD partners with New York Needs You, the New York office of America Needs You, to host career-oriented events and seminars to bring industry insights to its students. [13]


College teams of the BMCC participate as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Panthers are a member of the community college section of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, soccer and swimming; while women's sports include basketball, soccer, swimming and volleyball.

Western side of the main campus building, at the Hudson River. Behind it are the Independence Plaza North and South towers Borough of Manhattan Community College and Independence Plaza North and South.jpg
Western side of the main campus building, at the Hudson River. Behind it are the Independence Plaza North and South towers

BMCC offers a large state-of-the-art recreation facility including a regulation basketball court, swimming pool, and weight room. There are active teams in many sports such as handball, bowling, baseball, soccer, and basketball. Sports teams compete in both the CUNY athletic system and the local NJCAA collegiate sports system. The women's basketball team has won numerous championships including the CUNY basketball championship and the regional Division III championships including placing third nationally in 2000 with a 21–3 regular season record. [14] The chess team has won national awards. One of the most successful programs at BMCC is the men's soccer team with 6 consecutive wins at CUNY soccer championships, 1 regional DIII championship, and placing third in the NJCAA national championship in 2005.


Martin B. Dworkis was BMCC's first president. [15] Classes were originally held in part of the ground floor, the entire second floor, and part of the third floor of an office building at 131 West 50th Street in midtown Manhattan. [16] BMCC renovated the office space into classrooms and administrative areas, and it created its own entrance at 134 West 51st Street. [16] Fred Kelly, a graphic designer living in of Kew Gardens, designed BMCC's official seal. [17] BMCC's first classes were held in fall 1964. [18] During its first school year, 42 percent of its students were African American. [19]

Plans were announced for BMCC to have its own buildings to hold its classes in 1968. In 1974, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools determined that BMCC's physical facilities were "so inadequate as to defy description", and it said it would suspended BMCC's accreditation unless improvements were made quickly. [20] The City University of New York's central administration evaluated BMCC the same year, and it found that student grades were inflated to such an extent that they were essentially meaningless. [20] There was a ground-breaking ceremony on a new building for BMCC the same year. [20] Because of New York City's financial crisis, however, construction was suspended the next year. [20] In 1977, BMCC's president, Edgar D. Draper, was fired after he improperly persuaded a college association evaluation team to alter its report to show the college administration more favorably. [21] By 1980, BMCC's passing rates on nursing certification exams had significantly improved, and BMCC no longer had a financial deficit. [20] BMCC's new campus building opened in January 1983. [22]

Miles and Shirley Fiterman donated their 15-story building at 30 West Broadway to the City University of New York for use by BMCC. [23] The building had previously been used as a bank. [23] CUNY had wanted to rent the building from the Fitermans, but they decided to donate the building to CUNY instead. [23] It was the largest gift of a building to a community college in the United States, and it was the largest donation ever to CUNY. [23] The building was renamed Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall. [23] The building was built in 1959, and it sits on the original location of King's College, before it was renamed Columbia University and moved to Morningside Heights. [24] [25]

On the morning of September 11, 2001, BMCC's students, teachers, and staff members heard explosions coming from the direction of the World Trade Center, which was located just a few blocks away. Port Authority of New York used the gymnasium at BMCC's main building to triage survivors, and BMCC donated medical supplies from BMCC's Nursing Department to treat victims. Port Authority of New York set up generators at BMCC's main building, and the building became its command center. That afternoon, 7 World Trade Center, across the street from BMCC's Fiterman Hall, collapsed, and the building fell onto Fiterman Hall, causing Fiterman Hall to become uninhabitable. [26] [27] BMCC's staff worked constantly to restore Fiterman Hall and, on October 1, the building reopened for classes. [28] [29] In November 2009, the building was demolished and rebuilt. [30] The new building opened in September 2012. [31]

Notable alumni

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