CUNY Prep program in danger of closing due to budget cuts

The program has been around for 10 years, but may be closing its doors due to budget cuts. (3/20/14)

THE BRONX - A CUNY program based in the Bronx that helps high school kids get into college could be in danger of closing.

At CUNY Prep, kids who dropped out of high school are able to enroll in classes to get their high school equivalency diploma. 

The program has been around for 10 years, but may be closing its doors due to budget cuts.

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Principal Jenny Ristenbatt says once kids finish the high school, workers help them prepare for college. Since it's part of CUNY, it could even help them get into a CUNY school.

With a $900,000 City Council budget cut last year, Ristenbatt says they have had to scale back on a lot of things, including enrollment and other services.

Another cut this summer could shut them down, and Councilman Jimmy Vacca, who represents the area on White Plains Road, says the funding needs to be restored.

The next and final cut is slated for the end of the school year in June. It is for $2.5 million and will close the CUNY Prep program unless the funding is restored.

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