2003-08-29 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Kingsborough Community College is a very valuable resource for residents of the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Ozone Park. It is easily accessible.  It offers day, evening and week-end classes for the convenience of everyone.

Kingsborough has a wonderful program just for seniors. It is called My Turn. It is a tuition free college education program for New York State residents aged 65 years of age or older. Kingsborough asked for and was granted a waver of CUNY’s admission requirement of a high school or GED diploma for qualified senior applicants. My Turn students are welcome to take as many or as few credits as possible allowing for each persons schedule or interests.  This is a program for seniors, which offers academic counseling and other services needed by the seniors.  There is a nominal fee to register.  In order to be admitted seniors must present documentation regarding their age and residence.

Seniors can apply to be accepted in either a matriculated or non-degree program, which is subject to the availability of space the college. Seniors who wish to apply can call 718-368-5000 and ask for the My Turn Office.

The courses available to the My Turn students run the gamet of offerings at the college.  Each semester I generally have several "My Turners" in each of my courses.  These seniors are a very valuable addition to my psychology classes. It sets up an intergenerational communication between the younger adults and the older ones. Seniors have a very important experiential perspective that they bring to our discussions. It allows the seniors to share their wisdom with the class. It permits the younger adult students to share their perspective as well. It opens up a very important conversation in a setting where everyone is open to listening and hearing the others ideas.

Many seniors utilize the college to expand their artistic and creative
endeavors. KCC has a very good pottery program. KCC has  all the necessary equipment available so that students can execute their special vision for each piece of pottery. Occasionally the college has exhibits of various works. lf you are interested in pottery call the KCC art department and get more information.

The My Turn students are very serious students.  One of the graduates of the KCC My Turn program went on to earn his Ph D from the CUNY graduate center.  He is an excellent example of a person who had academic interests during his life but never had the opportunity to pursue them Through his influence several of his grand children are now in graduate programs.

The My Turn Program gives new meaning to the term life-long learning. Call Kingsborough Community College at 718-368- 5000 and register to attend the College. You will find it a rewarding experience.

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