The City College of New York



The City College Office for Experiential Learning levels the playing field for the next generation of working class, immigrant and minority students to enter the workforce as an important voice in shaping America’s future economic and social fabric.


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For our college

Provide structure to elevate the profile of The City College of New York with partners, funders, and the larger community.

Develop a community that brings together experiential learning and career development efforts across campus.

Build an integrated model for student training that is asset-based and outcome-driven, and a shared mindset of equity and inclusivity.

For our students

Create an environment focused on empowering students by developing their skills and the confidence to pursue academic and post-academic interests.

Provide guidance on pathway planning and career development.

Develop opportunities for training, professional experiences, and pathways that lead each student to early career goals.

For our community

Develop a laboratory for working best practices for experiential learning and career services that can be applied across academic and non-academic settings.

Provide access to a talented workforce.

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OEL Program

OEL partners with the Center for Technology and School Change at Teacher’s College, Columbia University to carry out the evaluation of our programs under the U.S. Department of Education-funded grants. This work allows OEL to understand whether we are meeting our goals and objectives and the impacts of the programs.

About The City College
of New York​

Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. CCNY was ranked #1 by The Chronicle of Higher Education out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.2% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi puts CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy at $1.9 billion (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers, and society. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself.


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