Based in New York City, New York, Bramson ORT College is an undergraduate not-for-profit institution of higher learning, operated by ORT America and US ORT Operations. Since its founding in 1977, the college has expanded to two campus locations, with a main campus being in Forest Hills, Queens, and a second satellite campus in Brooklyn. Under Jewish auspices, the school was originally established to assist refugees and immigrants to the United States during World War II.
Students may elect courses of study from programs and departments including accounting, business management, career services, computer technology, distance learning, electronics technology, ESL & liberal arts, library, medical and natural sciences and office technology. Real world application is of particular importance, and students learn to use resources like seminars, discussions, on-line courses, video conferencing and more along with the Library Media Resource Center, and state-of-the-art computer laboratories for internet, multimedia and job search tools. The strength of the connection with the business world is solidified through its relationship with the College Business and Industry Advisory Council.
Academic programs include associate degree, certificate, and diploma granting courses of study. Associate degree programs include business management online, electronics technology and pharmacy technician, amongst others. Certificate programs include administrative assistant, bookkeeper and computer sales, junior programmer, small business management, and renewable energy technician, amongst others, and diploma programs include accounting, business management, computer programming, electronics technology, and secretarial studies.
The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York grants accreditation to issue associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas, as registered by the New York State Education Department.
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Bramson is associated with ORT America and US ORT operations, the American branch of the charity World ORT. Based in the Jewish faith, this charity organization offers boys between the ages of 16 and 20 the opportunity to engage in yeshiva Studies part time, and vocational training part time. This program is designed to target students at risk of leaving tradicional yeshiva programs, and offers students the opportunity to receive a GED, should they not already hold a high school diploma, and an associate of arts degree simultaneously.
Since its establishment in 1880 ORT, or the Organization for Educational Resource and Technological Training, has worked as an international advocate for economic self-sufficiency to world Jewry. With a foundation in vocational and technical education, this non-profit organization is one of the largest such non-government educational entities in the world. ORT is active in over 62 countries. Other institutions of higher learning in the United States overseen by ORT include the Los Angeles ORT Technical Institute, Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute in Chicago, Hermelin ORT Resource Center in Detroit, and other programs in Cleveland, Atlanta and Miami.
In order to qualify for admission, students must hold a high school diploma or equivalency. Students must demonstrate interest in one of the career paths offered at Bramson, and be demonstrably able to benefit from their education. Admissions offices are located at both the main Queens campus and the Brooklyn Extension center.
Students should begin the application process by submitting their completed applications to the Admissions Office along with official high school or equivalency transcripts. Such materials must be translated and notarized into English for any international student applicants. Special admissions regulations apply for Ability to Benefit and Transfer students. Personal interviews at the college prior to enrollment are highly encouraged, but not required. All students entering for the first time must completed English and Math Assessment exams.
Students interested in applying for financial aid should begin by contacting or visiting the Office of Financial Aid at either campus location. Students may qualify for need-based grants, loans and work-study jobs, as well as merit based academic scholarships. For sample financial aid award packages, visit the financial aid section of the school website.
To being the process of receiving financial aid, students must complete the FAFSA online or on paper using the Federal school code. Students will then receive word as to whether they qualify for available financial aid packages including the Federal PELL Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Federal Perkins Stafford Loan, the Federal Plus Loan, Federal Work Study, the New York State Tuition Assistance Program, and/or the Tuition Assistance Grant.
Scholarships are awarded by Financial Aid and are mainly merit based, although some are based upon economic hardship. Students wishing for more information on applying for academic scholarships, or one of a number of private scholarships, should contact the Financial Aid Office directly.
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Students enjoy the urban settings of the two New York City campuses, and are able to access either by convenient public transportation or automobile. Connections with the local community provide students with educational, business, scientific, industrial, and cultural benefits, like a wide variety of credit earning student internships. Many students choose to become members of the Alumni Association after graduation, where they receive assistance to fulfill their goals, network, and succeed in the real world. Students mainly study full-time, and are in-state residents of New York.
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