Dr. Eddy Bayardelle, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Strategic Initiatives is the bridge between Bronx Community College and the world beyond BCC's gates. Its various Offices link on-campus academic programs to business and industry, alumni, foundations and donors, local high schools, the media and community organizations. In doing so, the division plays the dual role of preparing future BCC students for the challenges of higher education and preparing current BCC students for the demands of the job market after they graduate. Departments under its auspices include: EOC (the Economic Opportunity Center), which helps disadvantaged clients with classes in job skills and other programs designed to advance their education or careers; a GED program that is among the most successful in the state; continuing education programs offering certified training for professionals in various occupations; and outreach programs designed to help high school students advance to college. SI is also the college's main philanthropic arm, connecting BCC to foundations, individual donors and alumni with the goal of providing additional resources for students and faculty. In addition, Strategic Initiatives oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, which coordinates BCC's promotional and branding activities through media outreach, publications and special events targeted to the campus and the larger community it serves.