2004-01-30 / Community

College Opportunity Comes to Rockaway

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg
College Opportunity Comes to Rockaway By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor


Sandra Lake, Administrative Assistant at The College of New Rochelle (left), and Dr. Mary Shepard (Campus Director) answered questions and explained some of the courses that new students would take during their first semester.Sandra Lake, Administrative Assistant at The College of New Rochelle (left), and Dr. Mary Shepard (Campus Director) answered questions and explained some of the courses that new students would take during their first semester.

The RDRC (Rockaway Develop ment and Revitalization Corp.) and The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources are bringing college level courses to the Rockaways.

"For the first time someone in the Rockaways can start or complete their college education right here at home," said Michael Minott of the RDRC. "We’ve been working over the last several years to bring about an education facility to the Rock away Peninsula, and we’ve been blessed to have The College of New Rochelle [School of New Resources] – which is based in Westchester – to come to Rockaway and start what is, ultimately, going to be a branch campus for The College of New Rochelle."

For the first year students will take classes at JHS 198. In the second year, they will transfer to the college’s Brooklyn campus.

On January 15 and January 21, recruitment and testing sessions were held at RDRC’s office in Far Rockaway.


Bernedette Tindley (left) receives one-on-one help from Dr. Shepard (Campus Director) going through the college’s course book at a recruitment session held at RDRC’s office on January 21.Bernedette Tindley (left) receives one-on-one help from Dr. Shepard (Campus Director) going through the college’s course book at a recruitment session held at RDRC’s office on January 21.

By January 21, Minott said that 40 plus students had already been accepted. Acceptance to the college is on a first come, first served basis and the college is only taking 50 students in the first semester.

Anyone accepted after the 50-student cutoff will begin classes in the summer semester said Dr. Mary Shepard, the Campus Director for The Coll ege of New Rochelle.

The college offers a four-year, Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

Class es will be held on Mondays and Wed nesdays from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.


Dr. Shepard, the Campus Director for the college (second from left), talks to Hestor Sydnor (right) about course offerings as other perspective students – Bernedette Tindley (far left) and Jennifer Brown (standing) – listen in.Dr. Shepard, the Campus Director for the college (second from left), talks to Hestor Sydnor (right) about course offerings as other perspective students – Bernedette Tindley (far left) and Jennifer Brown (standing) – listen in.

For more information call RDRC.


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