2004-09-03 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Success Starts At Kingsborough Community College
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Dr. Geraldine Chapey
Dr. Geraldine Chapey Dr. Geraldine Chapey, a tenured professor at Kingsborough Community Col-lege and an elected District Leader in the 23 rd Assembly District, was the invited guest speaker on August 31, 2004 at the Rotary Club of Southwest Queens dinner meeting.

Dr. Chapey will be honored twice in the Fall 2004: First, at the Rotary Club of Southwest Queens annual dinner on September 30 and then at the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways annual dinner on November 17.

Dr. Chapey’s presentation at the August 31 meeting focused on the outstanding educational programs at Kingsborough Community College. Her remarks follow…

Kingsborough Community College is a strong and valued partner in the economic engine that drives the economy of New York City. Kingsborough offers associate degree programs that are part of the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program and occupational and technical programs and certificates that are specifically tailored to lead to employment for the full and part time students. In addition, Kingsborough course offerings are designed to meet a large number of learning needs and interests through adult and continuing education programs.

Dr. Regina Peruggi the first woman to be so honored, takes the helm of Kingsborough Community College at a time when it currently has degree programs in 27 areas. According to a CUNY news release Kingsborough Community College’s over 15,000 students are striving to achieve Associate in Arts and Associate in Science de-grees which will enable them to continue their education at a baccalaureate institution. Other students are pursuing career oriented programs in a wide variety of areas including office administration and technology, mental health, journalism, print media, recreation, physical therapy, child care, school secretary, nursing, para legal studies, travel and tourism and others. Kingsborough works closely with the Department of Education in providing collaborative programs including the My Turn program for seniors, the College Now program for High School Seniors, the Family College and the Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences.

A key finding in a recent report issued by The Center for an Urban Fu-ture finds that CUNY is on the job as New York City’s workforce ‘workhorse’. The study finds that New Yorkers are turning in increased numbers to CUNY for highly qualified educational opportunities and their pathway to educational advancement and social satisfaction. CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein highlights the fact that degree credit enrollment has risen 11 percent during the past five years.

The Office Administration and Tech nology Department at Kingsborough Community College is an outstanding example of a department focused on workforce development. The program offers highly competitive courses, which allow individuals to gain the knowledge and experience required for success in our global economy in the 21 st Century. Students entering the program have jobs which pay the minimum wage. They are often the first in their family to go to college. Through the state of the arts programs offered in computer technology, and web site development the students learn basic and advanced Microsoft office professional suite: word, excel, access and power point. The highly qualified faculty in the department are dedicated to assisting the students to achieve success.

They offer in-depth instruction in writing across the curriculum through encouraging students to develop creative and innovative projects on the computer using their writing skills. The courses include segments on conflict resolution, supervisory skills development and human resource strategies. Students complete this program and are offered positions with a starting salary of $27,000. Corporate firms and agencies compete to employ these qualified graduates. Professor William Yenna, the Chairperson of the department is a natural leader.

He inspires the students and the faculty. He is well known for his strong commitment to quality and access. Professor Yenna is recognized as an outstanding professional by his colleagues in CUNY and across the state and nation. Dr. Naomi Platt, a member of the department, is an internationally recognized authority. She has been invited to present her research in Australia, Israel, Canada, Singapore and throughout the United States. Professor Donald Donin is a creative and innovative professional. He has utilized his professional expertise to design new course offerings. Professor Donin has enthusiastically shared his knowledge with his colleagues and the students. The students of this Kingsborough Community College department achieve 100% employment upon graduation.

Many of their employers offer the graduates an opportunity to earn a living while offering free tuition for their continued education at a four year institution. One graduate of this Kingsborough Community College program who majored in legal/office administration has gone on to teach at Yale University. Kudos go to this department for providing the opportunity for their graduates to climb the ladder of success and to achieve the American dream. Students wishing to get more information and to enroll in the program are invited to call Professor William Yenna at (718) 368-5655.

Kingsborough has many other programs designed to fuel the economic engine of our city. Registration for the Fall 2004 continues on September 8, 9, and 10. For further information on other meaningful programs please call (718) 368-5000.

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