2003-02-22 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

As a tenured full professor at Kingsborough Community College I have the opportunity to experience first hand the wonderful educational programs that are available at Kingsborough. I would highly recommend the College to my family and my friends.

Kingsborough has a wide variety of programs to meet a myriad of goals. The traditional academic programs lead to an AA or AS degree. In my department, there are four outstanding programs: mental health, educational associate, early childhood education and substance abuse counseling.

The mental health program prepares students to take their place as active partners in providing effective and vital services for individuals and families. In fact, there is such a demand that in New York State, the Professional Practices Committee is in the process of establishing new mental health professions. The opportunities for a professional career in the mental health field are expanding. The Kingsborough program provides opportunities for field work in different settings.

The Educational Associate Program (that I directed for five years) is a solid academic program with a strong emphasis on the career ladder aspect. Students in the program are generally employed as paraprofessionals in the public schools. There is an emphasis on educational and - language arts, behavioral science and music and art. A majority of our graduates transfer to a four-year college to complete a BA degree.

The Early Childhood Education Program stresses working with children who are in pre-kindergarten or in kindergarten through the second grade. The emphasis is on the developmental and maturational aspects of the growth of children. There is a strong concentration on the psychology of human development. Students participate in fieldwork courses, which give them hands on learning experiences.

The substance abuse counseling program is a new concentration at Kingsborough. Join this developing area.

Kingsborough has a strong academic program in the traditional academic fields of Math, English, Physical Science, Biological Science, Behavioral Science, History, Foreign language, Art, Music, Speech and Health and Physical Fitness- to name a few.

There are numerous career programs including journalism, pre-physical therapy, fashion merchandising, accounting, nursing, recreational specialties, broadcasting, journalism, computers and many more.

"My Turn" is an exciting program for seniors. It provides a chance for seniors to take college courses in subjects that they find interesting. Many choose areas such as poetry, writing, history, pottery or art. One of the seniors registered in this program went on to earn a doctorate. Our continuing education department offers a GED program, calligraphy, computers. Kingsborough graduates are highly regarded in the academic community. Our students are welcomed as transfer students to pursue a BA in colleges around the country. In addition, many companies actively recruit our graduates. A Kingsborough degree opens the door to success.

The spring semester at Kingsborough begins on March 3, 2003. Registration is the week of February 24. Call 718-368-5000 and make an appointment to register. You will be happy that you did.

Remember today is the first day of the rest of your life. Pursue your academic dream. Come to Kingsborough.

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