Elected officials and community leaders gathered on March 30 to celebrate the opening of the Al-Mamoor School in Kew Gardens Hills.
The school, established nine years ago, had operated out of the Jamaica Muslim Center until its student body began to outgrow the space. While a member of the State Assembly, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) assisted the school in securing the approvals needed from City and State agencies to open the school.
During the ceremony last month, Lancman was joined by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and Al-Mamoor Chairman Mohammed Wadud Bhuyan, along with numerous community leaders.
“The Al-Mamoor School will help hundreds of students learn in an environment that is respectful of their religious and cultural traditions,” Lancman said.
Meng also praised the opening of the school.
“I was happy to join the Jamaica Muslim Center for the grand opening of the new Al-Mamoor School building,” she said. “I congratulate the center and all the teachers and students, and I know they’ll continue the great work they do.”
Weprin also voiced his enthusiasm at the opening.
“I congratulate the community leaders and my friends at the Jamaica Muslim Center who made the Al-Mamoor School possible,” he said. “The new facilities, along with the dedicated faculty, will provide the students with a world-class education in accordance with their religious beliefs.”
Bhuyan said that he wanted the Al-Mamoor School to be a competitive one, that will serve people of all faiths and communities.
“Our goal is to educate children with modern science and arts so they can be the future leaders of the community,” Bhuyan said. “We hope to expand our programs so we may offer high school education to students in the near future.”
The school is expected to open with approximately 200 students ranging from kindergarten to the eighth grade.
Rozic Secures STEM Scholarship Funding
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) recently announced that the 2014-15 New York State budget contains critical funding for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiatives.
“Queens is positioning itself as an innovative leader in the high-tech industry, and this budget invests in programs that will facilitate the growth of more good-paying, quality jobs in our own backyard,” Rozic said.
The budget includes $8 million in funding for a new STEM scholarship program. Full tuition scholarships to any SUNY or CUNY college or university will be offered to the top 10 percent of high school graduates if they pursue a STEM career and work in New York State for five years.
“To continue our economic growth, New York State needs to remain a leader in every field. Investing in our engineering and technology workforce and finding creative ways to retain that talent will benefit every community and strengthen our vibrant economy,” Rozic added.
Last year, Rozic joined with Senator David Carlucci and Comptroller Scott Stringer at Queens College to announce the Empire Engineer Initiative Act (EEIA), a financial aid program for students who major in engineering and commit to work in New York State for at least five years. The legislation was driven by the demand for a workforce better educated in the STEM fields.
Stringer said he was appreciative of the initiative.
“I’m grateful that Governor Cuomo, the State Legislature and in particular Assemblywoman Rozic have identified financial aid for STEM graduates as a critical tool to boost the competitiveness of our workforce and expand opportunities,” he said. “Gifted students from across the country and around the world come to New York to be educated. This program will ensure that many of those young entrepreneurs put their education to work right here in the Empire State, growing jobs from Buffalo to Brooklyn.”
In the past, scholarships were made available to targeted groups, including social workers and nurses. This scholarship marks the first statewide financial aid program designed to encourage people to major in engineering and technology and to keep those skills in New York once they graduate.