The newly renovated center is located on the first floor of the administration building, near the president and enrollment offices.
“When people come here for the first time, this is their welcome,” said State Senator Toby Stavisky, who allocated $500,000 for the work. “And they hopefully will realize that Queensborough is a welcoming place where people from all over the world will come to learn, to study and to do well in their communities and their professional lives.”
The welcome center aims to make enrollment for first-time students, many of whom are immigrants, a less overwhelming process.
“I think it is so important to have a college that is available to everybody,” Stavisky said. “And that includes people who are undocumented. It includes people who should be eligible for the Dream Act.”
College president Diane Call also thinks the welcome center serves a greater purpose.
“I am a firm believer in making the environment one that is very conducive to students to want to learn,” Call said, “and for faculty and staff to want to be here.”
Queensborough Community College senior and student government member Nazia Bonori commented on that respect she felt when entering the new center.
“When you come here, this is the first impression you get of Queensborough,” she said. “You walk in here, you get that feeling of ‘wow this is where I want to be, this is where I belong.'”