2003-10-10 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

A Perfect Educational Match
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Chatting With Chapey


Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

A Perfect Educational Match

Kingsborough Community College is conveniently located in Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. It is easily accessible from the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Ozone Park. Kingsbor-ough has a unique appeal to people of all ages. It is on a 70-acre plot surrounded by Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Kingsborough has an enrollment of more than 17,000 students in credit granting courses and more than 21,000 participants in the adult and continuing education program.

Unique in many ways, Kingsborough has an excellent, highly regarded grade school (pre-kindergarten through second grade).  The Kingsborough High School is very popular because of its excellent academic reputation, the wide variety of courses offered in its curriculum and the number of graduating students recruited by prestigious colleges.

The grade school and the high school add over 1,000 students to our campus.  In addition, Kingsborough offers College Now courses where high school students can take college courses and receive college credit. These courses are offered on campus and on specific sites.

The Kingsborough student is highly sought after by many worthwhile companies in the metropolitan area. Its many job fairs offer students an opportunity to meet with prospective employers on the campus.  Kingsborough also presents work shops on resume development. These intensive sessions allow the students to keep up-to date with the latest developments. Often, an effective, well written and presented resume is an important link to landing a position with a firm.

Kingsborough Community College has an outstanding faculty.  Although the school has grown since its inception in 1963, it has continuously strived to maintain a close relationship with each student. Faculty members extend themselves to get to know each student in their class,  and are easily accessible and anxious to be of assistance. Students appreciate this special relationship.

Kingsborough was originally started as a primarily liberal arts college and has continued to expand its mission into being a comprehensive community college serving the educational and vocational needs of Brooklyn and Queens residents.

The New York Times on September 12, noted that enrollment at the entire City University of New York is at its highest level since 1975. This is the fourth straight year that enrollment has increased. This jump in enrollment comes despite the fact that tuition at the Community Colleges went up 12 percent from $2,500 a year to $2,800 a year.  Meanwhile at the four year schools tuition went up 25 per cent from $3,200 a year to $4,000 a year. This increase in tuition is the first hike in eight years. In order to offset the tuition increases, the City Council created a $4.5 million allotment which is being used to assist students who are in financial need.

The increases in enrollment come at a time when CUNY has put in place more rigorous academic standards in an effort to make our students very competitive in a global economy.  Entering and transferring students are meeting these academic requirements. The undergraduate enrollment according to the New York Post (September 12, 2003) has increased to 184,183 students.  Over 17,000 have transferred to CUNY this fall.

The City University of New York is a very vital part of  New York City’s economic development. Corporations today are requiring a well trained workforce.  Come to CUNY and take advantage of the many opportunities that are available to you. Match your dream with your degree of choice.

Call Kingsborough Community College CUNY today at 718-368-5000 and find out first hand how a degree from Kingsborough can help you to succeed.


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