KCC Class of 2022
Adrienne Garvey, 66, of Rockaway Park, Queens, worked full-time and took KCC FLEX
classes during the peak of the pandemic to earn her associate degree in liberal arts
with a 3.73 GPA. Adrienne plans to take a short break before continuing her educational
goals at Brooklyn College. She thanks Katherine Perea, sociologist professor, who
was “instrumental to me in continuing classes at Kingsborough.”
At 16, Keelyany Gonzalez is the youngest graduate of KCC’s Class of 2022. A student
from Kingsborough Early College Secondary School. Keelyany received her associate
degree in liberal arts and will be attending New York City College of Technology (City
Tech) in the fall, where she will major in computer engineering. Keelyany is still
deciding on her career goal, stating “For a great while I’ve been very indecisive
about where I wanted to be in a few years from now, but I can definitely picture myself
in the technical field. I would like to have an experience working for a company like
Microsoft or Google.”
|Guy Charles and his daughter, Karrine, 4, are graduates of Kingsborough Community
College and KCC Child Development Center.
Father Graduates from Kingsborough Community College & Daughter Graduates from KCC
This June is a proud month in the Sheepshead Bay home of the Charles family. Guy Charles,
34, is graduating from Kingsborough Community College (KCC), with his associate degree
in computer information systems and his 4-year-old daughter, Karrine Charles, graduated
from KCC’s Child Development Center to pre-kindergarten.
Guy, who has a son turning 2 in September and the support of his wife, Kerside, an
RN, said he’s proud to do so, although he had some apprehension at the start in 2019.
A lot of thoughts ran across his mind. “It was COVID, and I had lost my job. I was
receiving unemployment; I needed a new computer; and I had my first child and another
on the way. Was it a good choice to try to get this degree right now with all that’s
happening in the world and here in New York?” he asked himself.
Indeed, it was. “I got the first step done, and the next step is to come. I’m looking
to drop some resumes and see what happens,” said Guy, who is currently working as
a youth counselor but wants to get back into the computer information field.
A native of Haiti, Guy came to the United States in 2016. He had received an associate
degree in information technology at the University of St. Gerard (USG) in Haiti. Considered
a transfer student, Kingsborough accepted some course credits from USG. “I did want
to attend a four-year college, but I’m from the Caribbean, and I love the sea. When
I came to Kingsborough, I felt like I was home. It was not a bad choice at all. Kingsborough
helped me in so many ways,” Guy said. “And my daughter, who was 2 at the time and
was going to the children's center, was doing a lot of things (studies) that other
children of the same age were not doing because she was actually in school. She now
corrects me when I mispronounce certain words.” Still weighing his options, Guy hasn’t
decided which four-year college he will transfer to. However, he has decided that
he will stay at CUNY. “The CUNY system is the best.”