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FIVE KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS NAMED KAPLAN SCHOLARS
September 9, 2019 - Five Kingsborough Community College (KCC) students are among 21 students awarded prestigious Kaplan Leadership Scholarships this year: Jose Olivera of Brighton Beach, an engineering science major; Charisa Quinonez of Queens, Brittany Wright of East New York, and Kellie Marty of Gowanus, liberal arts majors; and Ruffy Tavarez of the Bronx, a community health major.
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KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE RECEIVES $1 MILLION GIFT TO ESTABLISH THE CLASS OF 2019 “100 STRONG SCHOLARSHIP” FUND FROM BARNES & NOBLE, INC. FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN LEONARD RIGGIO
July 24, 2019 - Moved by Kingsborough Community College’s graduates, Barnes & Noble, Inc. Founder and Chairman Leonard Riggio donated $1 million to create 100 two-year scholarships in the name of the 2019 graduating class, to be awarded to incoming KCC students in need of financial support.
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CLASS OF 2019 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FEATURES BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ERIC L. ADAMS, CUNY CHANCELLOR FÉLIX MATOS RODRÍGUEZ, AND BARNES & NOBLES, INC. FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN LEONARD RIGGIO AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER
June 11, 2019 - Kingsborough Community College will host its 54th Commencement Exercises for 2,200 members of the graduating Class of 2019 on Thursday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. on its campus. Special guests include Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, CUNY Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez, and Barnes & Nobles, Inc. Founder and Chairman Leonard Riggio, who will serve as Keynote Speaker. Kingsborough President Dr. Claudia V. Schader will receive her official investiture as president of the College, and Moldova immigrant Irina Russu will present the valedictory address.
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ASPEN INSTITUTE RECOGNIZES KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN FINALISTS IN NATIONAL PRIZE COMPETITION
April 2, 2019 - Helping define excellence for community colleges nationwide, Kingsborough Community College was recognized in an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. as one of the top community colleges nationally in the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. During the ceremony at the Newseum, Kingsborough was honored for its holistic approach to supporting students in and out of the classroom, and for achieving a 49 percent student transfer rate, which is 17 percentage points above the national average.
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KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE EARNS NEW HONOR FOR EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT SUCCESS: ACHIEVING THE DREAM’S LEADER COLLEGE OF DISTINCTION DESIGNATION
February 19, 2019 - Kingsborough Community College has earned Achieving the Dream’s newest recognition for achieving higher student outcomes and narrowing equity gaps: the designation Leader College of Distinction.
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KINGSBOROUGH: FIRST OFFICIAL CUNY HOST SITE FOR EMPOWEREDNYC
November 19, 2018 - Kingsborough Community College has been chosen as the first official host site for EmpoweredNYC within The City University of New York, an initiative between the college’s Single Stop office and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Financial Empowerment. The program will provide financial counseling services to students with disabilities and those experiencing difficulties with Social Security Insurance Disability (SSI/D), Medicaid, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, credit card debt, student loans, etc.
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KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE NAMED ONE OF 10 FINALISTS FOR 2019 ASPEN PRIZE FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXCELLENCE FOR A SECOND TIME
May 16, 2018 - Kingsborough Community College was named one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.
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ALL EARS: NYC DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS SERVICES BRINGS LISTENING TOUR TO KINGSBOROUGH EXPLORING WAYS TO PROVIDE MORE RESOURCES FOR NYC ACTIVE MILITARY AND VETERANS AT CUNY
November 2, 2017 - Members of the NYC Department of Veterans Services visited Kingsborough as part of a city-wide listening tour being conducted by the newly created Veterans on Campus NYC coalition to explore ways NYC can partner with CUNY in order to provide more resources for the active military/veteran population.
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NATIONAL GRID SERVES AS ANCHOR PARTNER FOR KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MANAGEMENT ACADEMY IN EXPANDING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP
October 24, 2017 - Kingsborough Community College’s Customer Experience Management Academy (CXM) provides students with real-world business training in communication skills, business etiquette, and financial literacy. Anchor Partner National Grid is committed to hiring 100 students per year from CXM and similar programs.
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THE ASPEN INSTITUTE NAMES KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ONE OF THE TOP 150 U.S. COMMUNITY COLLEGES ELIGIBLE FOR 2019 ASPEN PRIZE CUNY COLLEGE
October 11, 2017 - The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named CUNY’s Kingsborough Community College one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence — the only community college in NYC to be selected.
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BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ERIC ADAMS AND NYC PUBLIC ADVOCATE LETITIA JAMES TO SPEAK AT KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S 52ND COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
June 6, 2017 - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and NYC Public Advocate Letitia James will each deliver remarks to more than 2,500 graduating students, their families and friends at Kingsborough’s 52nd Commencement Exercises on Thursday, June 15, 2017.
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HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH AMBASSADORS FROM TRINIDAD & TOBAGO VISIT KINGSBOROUGH FOR INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE EXPLORATION INITIATIVE
May 25, 2017 - A group of 21 high school students from Trinidad & Tobago recently visited Kingsborough Community College as part of the twin islands’ Youth Ambassador Program sponsored by local charitable organization En ToTo’s International College Exploration Initiative.
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KINGSBOROUGH PROF. LIBBY GARLAND RECEIVES AWARD FROM THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN HISTORIANS AS 2017 SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TÜBINGEN
May 18, 2017 - Organization of American Historians (OAH) president Edward L. Ayers recently announced Kingsborough History Professor Libby Garland as the recipient of the 2017 Germany Residency Program Award in American History at the University of Tübingen, thanks to a grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
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KINGSBOROUGH HIRES DR. SHARON WARREN COOK AS NEW DEAN OF CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, AND ASSESSMENT
April 21, 2017 - Kingsborough Community College (KCC) announced the appointment of Dr. Sharon Warren Cook as its new Dean of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, effective Apri1 10.
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KINGSBOROUGH’S CUNY FATHERHOOD ACADEMY PROGRAM NAMES NEW DIRECTOR
April 21, 2017 - Kingsborough Community College named Kirk Francis as its new Program Director for the CUNY Fatherhood Academy (CFA) program. Francis is the newest addition to the Workforce Development, Strategic Community Partnership and Continuing Education Division.
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ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTER AND COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH PROFESSOR FOCUS ON THE POLITICIZATION OF SCIENCE AND THE SCIENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING AT KINGSBOROUGH’S 11TH ANNUAL ECO-FESTIVAL
April 21, 2017 - Kingsborough Community College announced today that Washington Post Energy and the Environment reporter Chris Mooney and Columbia University Research Professor Jason Smerdon will deliver remarks at the 11th annual Eco-Festival from April 26-28 in the Lighthouse Rotunda at the college. This year’s theme is “Knowledge Becomes Action,” exploring the importance of knowledge and information as guides to action.
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KINGSBOROUGH’S HEALTHCARE INSTITUTE ADDS NEW HEMODIALYSIS TECHNICIAN & EXAM PREP COURSE
April 12, 2017 - For individuals with chronic illnesses such as high-blood pressure and diabetes, the need for qualified kidney care professionals is essential for people living with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or kidney failure. To fill this service gap, Kingsborough Community College (KCC) partnered with Dialysis 4 Career, which provides educational opportunities in hemodialysis training to offer its new Hemodialysis Technician & Exam Prep course. This 100-hour course provides students with comprehensive training to become Certified Hemodialysis Technicians (CHT).
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KINGSBOROUGH ALUM AND CHEMISTRY MAJOR KATE MAZIARZ FEATURED IN WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE CAMPAIGN
April 3, 2017 - Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Winner Currently Pursuing Studies at Mount Holyoke College   Kingsborough Community College (KCC) and Class of 2016 Chemistry major Kate Maziarz was recently featured in the Beyond Benign International Day of Women and Girls in Science campaign. Beyond Benign is dedicated to providing future and current scientists, educators, and citizens with the tools to teach and learn about green chemistry to create a sustainable future.
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KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE SOPHOMORE TATYANA MILLS NAMED AN NJCAA OUTDOOR NATIONAL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
March 31, 2017 - Kingston, Jamaica native, and Kingsborough Community College sophomore Tatyana Mills was named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor National Athlete of the Week on March 28. The award was given by U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Tatyana earned the award for her performance at the Winthrop ADIDAS Invitational this past weekend.
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INTERCOLLEGIATE BROADCASTING SYSTEM RECOGNIZES KCC ALUMNI FOR “BEST SPECIALTY SHOW” AND “BEST PROGRAM DIRECTOR” AT WKRB RADIO STATION
March 30, 2017 - The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awarded national recognitions to two Kingsborough Community College alumni for their outstanding work at 90.3FM WKRB. The announcement was made at the annual IBS Conference in early March. Lamark Plaskett, a 2016 Media Arts graduate was a finalist for Best Specialty Show, “The Fresh Movement”. Elissa Nieves, a 2006 Broadcasting & Technology Management major was named Best Program Director. Their submissions were among college and high school proposals nationwide.
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KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES – PARAMEDIC PROGRAM RECEIVES ACCREDITATION EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
March 27, 2017 –Kingsborough Community College (KCC) President Farley Herzek announced that the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has accredited Kingsborough Community College’s Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program effective immediately. In 2013, the New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS approved the KCC Paramedic Program, which is part of the Nursing Department, making it the first college-based EMS-Paramedic program in Brooklyn. Its first class graduated in 2015.
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INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHERS GUILD HOST DIVERSITY AND OUTREACH WORKSHOP FOR CUNY STUDENTS AT KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
March 22, 2017 - Kingsborough Community College, in partnership with the International Cinematographers Guild, hosted a Diversity & Outreach Workshop at the College on March 18. Students had the chance to participate in a panel discussion with the union and guild representatives about career opportunities in the film industry.
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MAJOR EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE KINGSBOROUGH ART MUSEUM (KAM)
March 2, 2017 - Major exhibition opens at the Kingsborough Art Museum (KAM), featuring works by such artists as Alex Katz and Lois Dodd.
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TWO KCC STUDENTS TO SERVE ON PTK ALL-STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACADEMIC TEAM
March 2, 2017 - Two Kingsborough Community College students were recognized in Albany today for qualifying to serve on Phi Theta Kappa’s All-State Community College Academic Team.
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KCC AND NY WATERWAY CO-HOST NYC COAST GUARD MEETING
March 1, 2017 - Kingsborough Community College partnered with NY Waterway to host a meeting of the Coast Guard and businesses representing over 100 passenger carrier vessels. These businesses are the prime source of employment for growing fields in maritime and culinary arts. 
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WORKS BY TWO KINGSBOROUGH STUDENTS INCLUDED IN IGGY POP EXHIBITION AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM
February 15, 2017 - Kingsborough Community College students Kallyiah Merilus and Mauricio Rodriguez are among the 22 artists featured in the Brooklyn Museum exhibition Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller, running through March 26, 2017.
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STATE SENATOR PERSAUD TOURS SITE OF KCC’S PROPOSED STUDENT UNION
December 16, 2016 - State Senator Roxanne J. Persaud recently toured the site for Kingsborough Community College’s proposed Student Union & Intercultural Center. The representative of Brooklyn’s 19th Senatorial District helped secure $600K of the estimated $1.5 million needed to complete the state-of-the-art, educational and recreational space.
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KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (CEWD) AWARDED OVER $149K FROM CAPITAL ONE FOUNDATION
December 1, 2016 - Capitol One Foundation has granted KCC’s Center for Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) an award of over $149K to create a data-tracking strategy to inform institutional growth and improve student outcomes.
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KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOST AN INTERFAITH FORUM EXPLORING “PROMOTING RELIGIOUS PLURALISM AND INCLUSIVE CITIZENSHIP”
November 7, 2016 – Kingsborough Community College will host a day of lectures, conversations, and workshops titled “Promoting Religious Pluralism and Inclusive Citizenship” on Mon., Nov. 14, 2016 from 10am-3pm.
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FORMER COMMISSIONER OF MOVA TO SPEAK AT KINGSBOROUGH
November 4, 2016 - Col. Terrance C. Holliday, former commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA), to speak at Kingsborough Community College about “The Importance of Higher Education for Veterans,” on Mon., November 7th with a workshop on access to veterans’ educational services to follow.
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FROM SKELETON TO SKIN: HIRAM POWERS’ GREEK SLAVE
October 27, 2016 - Lecture by Curator Karen Lemmey offers a controversial look at Hiram Powers’ renowned GREEK SLAVE.
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NORTHFIELD BANK FOUNDATION AWARDS KCC $20K GRANT FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
October 20, 2016 - The Northfield Bank Foundation has awarded Kingsborough Community College a $20,000 grant to provide $500 scholarships for 40 students from Staten Island and select areas of Brooklyn who demonstrate financial need and are in good academic standing, allowing them to stay in school and achieve their educational goals.
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KCC STUDENTS SELECTED TO ATTEND THE WILL & JADA SMITH FAMILY FOUNDATION’S CAREERS IN ENTERTAINMENT TOUR

September 26, 2016 - Four Kingsborough students were selected to attend the launch of the Careers in Entertainment Tour (CIE), an initiative of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation to help diversify the entertainment industry.
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KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT KATE MAZIARZ AWARDED JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION UNDERGRADUATE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP
May 27, 2016 – Kingsborough Community College student Kate Maziarz has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $40,000 a year to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. The Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship in the nation for students transferring from two-year community colleges to four-year institutions that award bachelor’s degrees.  Only 75 community college students were selected from a competitive nationwide pool this year. Maziarz is the 4th Kingsborough awardee in 3 years.
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KINGSBOROUGH STUDENT MICHELLE YEDIN TAKES PART IN WHITE HOUSE’S FIRST “COLLEGE REPORTER DAY”
May 13, 2016 - Kingsborough Community College student and Scepter editor-in-chief, Michelle Yedin, had the experience of a lifetime when she was chosen as one of 50 students to take part in the White House’s first “College Reporter Day” on April 28, 2016.
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