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YECA Students

This page provides helpful information for York Early College Academy students during their time at York College.

Updates for Fall 2021

The first day of classes for York Early College Academy students is Thursday, August 26, 2021.  We have determined that all college courses for York Early College Academy students will be held online for the fall 2021 semester. York Early College Academy Students will not have to report to York College for any classes during this time.  I will share plans for the winter and spring semesters at a later date.  The transition to the online modality has caused a slight delay in the posting of class schedules.  I will alert students via their Yorkmail accounts when class schedules post to CUNYfirst.

The instructional staff assigned to YECA courses will continue to provide a quality learning experience for all registered students. Students will continue to use Blackboard for college courses for a combination of asynchronous and synchronous class meetings. See the description of the modalities below:

  • Online, asynchronous:  All class sessions are online. There are no specific days or times. Course learning/interaction takes place online via Blackboard. Activities include but are not limited to online discussion boards, readings, and assignment submissions. Please check on the course blackboard site for the specifics of class participation.
  • Online, synchronous: All class sessions are online on specified days at specified times. There are no in-person sessions. Students are expected to participate in class on the scheduled days and times. Assignment submissions and assessments are online via Blackboard.

Here is some additional information to assist you in accessing the platforms that you will need to participate in your college courses:  


CUNYfirst is the internet-based application that the City University of New York uses for registrations, student schedules and other student services.  York Early College Academy students will need to become familiar with CUNYfirst to access many of the tools and resources that are available when participating in college courses at York. You will also need to be aware of your CUNYfirst id or EMPLID.  See the following link to the CUNYfirst tutorial.


Blackboard is the learning management system that is used to provide online courses at York College.  Instructors will post the course syllabus, reading materials, assignments, and due dates in Blackboard.  Online meetings will also be held through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Here is an additional tutorial to assist you in navigating the features in Blackboard.  Use your CUNYfirst username and password to login.


While students may use many email addresses, the official mode of communication is through the York College Yorkmail email account.  Use the following link for information on how to access your York College e-mail account use the following link: Yorkmail.


While participating in college courses students will have to submit research papers and presentations.  These assignments should be produced with appropriate word processing software.  CUNY has made access to full student versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other tools available to York Early College Academy students through the Microsoft Office Suite.  Use your CUNYfirst username and password to login.

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