College is Coming to the Rockaways

Challenge Charter High School to Host the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Educational and Career Hub in Far Rockaway

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) is offering college courses in the Rockaways. Courses will be taught by SLU faculty beginning in the spring of 2022 at Challenge Charter High School at 1520 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway.

“As a higher education institution founded on the principles of expanding higher educational opportunities and on preparing students who aspire to careers dedicated to public service and social justice, we are thrilled to be partnering with Challenge Preparatory Charter to do just that; provide access to college courses, academic support services, and opportunities for career advancement to the Far Rockway community,” said Gregory Mantsios, founding Dean of the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

Over the past few decades, Far Rockaway has seen a fair share of economic challenges. Hard hit by Super Storm Sandy a decade ago, the COVID-19 pandemic is the latest disruption to the area’s growth and new development, leaving some in the community without work. Once again, families have felt the financial strain. Increasing quality educational opportunities and offering workforce training is the goal of this latest partnership with SLU. With no local college in the community, this educational partnership takes away one of the major barriers that residents interested in upscaling their skills or education have faced: a long commute.

The strategic partnership between Far Rockaway and CUNY SLU creates a viable path for residents to obtain academic and professional skills, develop a new career plan no matter what level of education they have currently, or start on the path to attain a degree. SLU will be offering two popular undergraduate programs in Community Leadership and Labor Relations. Each of these programs consists of 4 college courses, which upon completion can be transferable to an Associate or Bachelor’s degree.

This program is perfect for recent High School graduates, as well as adult learners, or anyone interested in getting started on the path the earning a degree. Prospective adult students are encouraged to reach out to for more information and to learn about the application process.


Accepting Applications for Spring 2022

Scholarships Available