At Molloy, a $2M gift for Long Island workforce development

A $2 million donation will support Rockville Centre-based Molloy University’s new workforce development program.

The gift from S. Zaki Hossain, president of Farmingdale-based Pintail Coffee, a roasting and packaging company, was announced Tuesday at a celebration of Molloy’s new status as a university.

The program will provide ongoing training for private industry employees across a variety of industries, with a particular focus on healthcare. The program comes at a time when employers are competing for talent, especially in the healthcare sector.

Hossain is a board member of the university. He got his start in the coffee industry while participating in the development of the K-Cup manufacturing technology, according to Molloy.  That inspired him to deploy this technology for charitable efforts through the creation of Pintail, where, according to its website, 100% of profits support hunger-relief organizations.

“I continue to be impressed by the university’s focus on serving its communities,” Hossain said in a statement.

“My hope for this gift is to further enhance the commitment to workforce development, specifically in the healthcare industry where Molloy has earned an extremely strong reputation over the years,” Hossain added.

Leaders of the university expressed their appreciation for Hossain’s support.

“We are grateful to Mr. Hossain for his generosity – both financially and for his time and talent in helping to guide Molloy through its newest days as a university and its future serving the region and the nation,” Edward Thompson, Molloy’s vice president for advancement, said in a statement.

“We plan to expand our regional and national leadership in educating healthcare professionals, in addition to broadening high-demand academic programming in our schools of business, education and human services, arts and sciences, and nursing and health sciences,” James Lentini, president of Molloy University, said in a statement.

Among its offerings, Molloy has a special focus on healthcare, with deep ties to the community and organizations that provide health services to the region, especially in underserved areas.

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation has an ongoing relationship with Molloy that includes the development and support for a Community Care Mobile Clinic.

The mobile clinic provides free services to low-resourced communities across Long Island. The interdisciplinary project brings the expertise of Molloy’s faculty into neighborhoods and provides its students with opportunities for hands-on learning. The mobile clinic and correlating student scholarships have been supported by a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers.

“We are pleased to be working with Molloy University to provide primary healthcare services to underserved communities on Long Island,” Marc Damsky, senior program officer at Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, said in a statement.

“Molloy’s dedication to helping those in need ties directly into our mission, making our ongoing partnership a natural fit,” Damsky added.

Molloy also announced that the establishment of a joint steering committee between the University and Catholic Health Services. The two organizations are developing key initiatives that would enhance healthcare in the region, as well as strengthen the workforce pipeline for Catholic Health, and provide new training opportunities for college faculty, students and others in the community at large.

In addition, Molloy is working with Mount Sinai South Nassau to find creative solutions to address shortages and retention for nursing and other healthcare workers.  Mount Sinai South Nassau is currently sponsoring the 2022 Summer Series of show at Molloy’s Madison Theatre.

Molloy University is an independent Catholic University that was founded in 1955 by the Sisters of Saint Dominic in Amityville. The university serves a student population of approximately 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students.  Molloy students can earn degrees in a variety of academic programs, including nursing, business, education, social work, music therapy, computer studies and more.

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