2007-08-31 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

Kingsborough Community College and You: A Perfect Match
Commentary by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Dr. Geraldine Chapey Dr. Geraldine Chapey How fortunate we are to have a great educational institution located near us in Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn.

Kingsborough Community College is part of the City University of New York.

It offers a first-class education in beautiful surroundings.

The Kingsborough campus includes acres of land surrounded by Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The fantastic Marine Academic Center has received numerous architectural awards. The Performing Arts Center has been singled out for its style and design.

Kingsborough has a qualified and renowned faculty, with doctorates in their fields. (I am a tenured, full professor at Kingsborough and have an earned doctorate.) The professors are inspiring teachers who provide classroom experiences that awaken the excitement of discovery in their students.

The faculty engages students and offers them advanced learning and a sense of accomplishment in their disciplines. These professors cultivate the kinds of thinking that will be required in our global economy.

Our students develop disciplined, creative, synthesizing, respectful and ethical minds as described in Dr. Howard Gardner's book entitled "Five Minds For the Future." Our faculty and students work together to develop genuine understanding of particular disciplines, to ask new questions and to find creative solutions.

CUNY Matters, a publication of the City University of New York, Summer 2007 edition, highlights the accomplishments of one of Kingsborough's June 2007 graduates - Helianne Duke. She had graduated from high school in June 1989 and moved to New York with her mother. She found a job and married at age 23. As she had her six children, she found that she loved teaching them.

However, one morning six years ago, she woke up and found that her husband could not move. He is now permanently disabled. The family was able to survive on her husband's disability payments. Duke wanted to find stability for her family. She chose to pursue a degree at Kingsborough, even though she had been out of school for 17 years. The good news is that Duke graduated with a cumulative grade point index of 4.0.

She was the valedictorian at the June 2007 graduation.

Whatever stage of life you are in, Kingsborough can help you on the road to success.

Kingsborough offers courses for kids on the weekend. It offers adults a full range of academic degrees in accounting, alcohol and substance abuse counseling, anthropology, art, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer information systems, computer programming, computer science, early childhood education, child care programs, earth and planetary science, economics, English, French, health education, Hebrew, history, humanities, mass communications, mathematics, mental health and human services, nursing, performing arts, recreation, philosophy, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, science, sociology, Spanish, speech, tourism and hospitality, technology and theater arts.

The continuing education department offers professional studies institutes and certificates in many areas including: practical paralegal certificate, accounting certificate, one day computer classes, website technology, real estate license qualifying course, certified medical billing and coding, certified pharmacy technician, certified EKG technician, certified clinical medical assistant, certified phlebotomy technician, certified patient care technician, language, sports and fitness, art and music, self development, computer classes, personal finance and many others.

Seniors can qualify for the "My Turn" program, which offers all types of courses for a minimal fee.

The Fall 2007 semester begins on Wednesday, September 5, 2007. Call the college now at 718-368-5000 for more information on how to register.

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