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Letter: Relax When Choosing Colleges

The competition and mystique that surrounds the effort to gain entrance to four year colleges and universities by graduating high school seniors is almost a blood sport. To hear some parents and students talk, it is almost a matter of life and death, or at the worst, embarrassment.

 

 The implication is that if a student is not accepted to a suitable four year institution all is lost. There is obviously no hope for this student. And what in God’s name are mom and dad going to say at the various cocktail and graduation parties they will be attending? 

Will there be that pregnant pause when they say their son or daughter is heading to the local community college?

 

In today’s world of ever increasing prices for higher education how does one measure value, in both education, and the cost of tuition?  Is there real value at our community  colleges ?  And can these students excel to highly technical careers from these “modest” beginnings?

 

I’d like to introduce Eileen Collins and Robert Gibson. Both of these folks are former New York state residents. Eileen is from Elmira, NY and Robert is a graduate of Huntington High School, right here on Long Island. These two very talented people have a number of things in common. Not only are they both former New Yorkers but they are both community college graduates. But what is so unusual and special about that?

 

What is incredibly unique about  these two is that they both built upon successful community college experiences…Ms Collins at Corning Community College in Corning New York and Mr. Gibson at Suffolk Community College here on Long Island…and went on to join

NASA and command  missions in the Space Shuttle program. For those too young to remember, the United States, in the not too recent past, did have an active manned space program.  In fact, Eileen was the first woman to command a space shuttle flight and

 

Robert commanded a total of  four  flights This information is easily accessible on NASA’s website. Can you imagine  that? Now how is that  for accomplishment? 

 

So what does this all mean? It means that if you are a person of intensity and are willing to work you can be a success. And it doesn’t  have to  come saddled to high amounts  of student  loans. And in today’s world of ever increasing undergraduate  college costs.

There are other alternatives to high tuition institutions that can produce the same results for students.

 

John Napolitano

 

Williston Park 

News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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