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Nassau BOCES Career Preparatory High School student got a taste of college life and went on to be a full-time matriculated student at Nassau Community College

Annie Sung

Nassau BOCES Career Preparatory High School student got a taste of college life and went on to be a full-time matriculated student at Nassau Community College (NCC). These students receive both their high school academic subjects on campus as well as attend an introductory psychology and/or sociology class at NCC. They are fully integrated into campus life with the opportunity to join clubs, use the library, and dine in the Food Court and cafes.

Annie Sung, a student at Nassau BOCES Career Preparatory High School (CPHS), attended classes in this program. Last December, she graduated from Mineola High School and went on to be a full-time matriculated student at NCC. She attributes her success to both her education at Career Preparatory High School and the program at NCC.

“It helped me to transition and relieve my anxiety knowing that I have the support as I attend college,” says Sung.

Having these opportunities allows these students with special needs to experience college with all the supports Nassau BOCES has to offer. It gives the student a chance at post-secondary outcomes. “The NCC program aligns to the SED curriculum while focusing on creating college and career pathways for all students,” says Patricia Schwetz, Assistant Director, Nassau BOCES Department of Special Education.

“The students have a great opportunity here to complete their high school education while experiencing the freedom and academics of college life,” said teacher Renee Tarzia.

This program is the culmination of the strong relationship between Nassau BOCES Department of Special Education and Nassau Community College. NCC has worked with many of Nassau BOCES Special Education graduates along with their faculty and administrators to understand the students’ profiles. While the students receive instruction from Nassau BOCES they are also supported by NCC’s Center for Students with Disabilities and have a dedicated liaison to help with their transition to college life. The students are currently from the Nassau BOCES CPHS, Iris Wolfson High School and the Center for Community Adjustment.