2 in 3 attend tuition-free.
3 in 4 graduate debt-free.
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KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
2 in 3 attend tuition-free.
KCC LatinX Support Staff
Nancy Lee Sanchez
Executive Director, Kaplan Educational Foundation
Trustee, Kingsborough Community College (KCC) Foundation Board
“Kingsborough was the best school for me.”
Born in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, Nancy Lee Sánchez started her educational journey at Kingsborough Community College as an ESL learner. For Sánchez, Kingsborough understood that to keep her in classes, pursuing a degree, and ready to transfer or begin a career, she needed to be engaged outside of the classroom in wraparound services to meet her needs and help her succeed.
Her advisor directed her to the writing center for free tutoring, the math lab to improve her algebra skills, the library resource center to learn vital programs like MS Word and Excel, and to the nurse and gym for wellness services. Sánchez became fully engaged as a member of the KCC community, and earned her associate degree in early childhood education.
After graduation, she worked as an academic advisor at Kingsborough, and gained a professional understanding of providing equity to students in and out of the classroom to ensure student success.
Sánchez went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Long Island University, a master’s in sociology from Brooklyn College, completed an Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation at New York University.
Her unique experience as a community college graduate has benefitted generations of community college students—including KCC students—through her work as executive director of the Kaplan Educational Foundation, where she serves as a strategic partner and advisor to the Kaplan Educational Foundation Board of Directors, and manages the Kaplan Leadership Program’s rigorous recruitment, academic, advisement, leadership and scholarship components.
She is one of the leading voices on community college to four-year transfer, and under Sánchez’s leadership, Kaplan Leadership Scholars boast an 88% associate degree completion rate, a 93% transfer rate, and an 87% bachelor’s degree completion rate.
In addition to serving as a selection judge for the multiple scholarships hosted by organizations like the Dell Scholars Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the Coca-Cola Scholars through Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, she also serves as a regular contributor to Forbes, and is a frequent media spokesperson on issues around degree attainment gaps.
In 2020, Sánchez was named the newest trustee of the Kingsborough Community College Foundation Board, bringing her journey at the College full circle, and amplifying that her dreams began and continue at Kingsborough Community College.
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We keep community college students on track to graduate by providing extra supports, including MTA MetroCards, extra advising, career counseling, tutoring, waivers for fees, and additional financial assistance. CUNY ASAP has greatly improved graduation rates and is being copied across the country.