In June 2019, NYSCAS said goodbye to 630 bachelor’s degree recipients and 291 associate’s degree awardees. These hardworking Touro alumni are bound for great things (we can already tell!) and we’re looking forward to seeing their continued accomplishments. What do they have in store? Here are some thoughts from a few of our outstanding graduates.
New York School of Career and Applied Studies (NYSCAS), a division of Touro College, honored 465 students at the Brooklyn commencement ceremony at the Ford Amphitheater Coney Island on June 6th, and 456 students at the Manhattan ceremony at Lincoln Center on June 12th, in front of a crowd of thousands including family and friends of the graduates and Touro faculty and staff.
Growing up, Kishea Paulemont wasn’t academically motivated. Her mother grew up in North Carolina and left school after fifth grade to work with her family as a sharecropper. None of her siblings had graduated college. She cut school frequently, and eventually dropped out, following the example of her peers.
At Touro’s New York School of Career and Applied Studies’ (NYSCAS) commencement ceremony on June 12, 2019, graduates, friends and family will have the opportunity to listen to world-renowned Gospel singer Gerard Placide. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Placide has performed for Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth II, Bill and Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates, the United Nations’ 57th General Assembly and many others.
We sat down with NYSCAS student and Tornadoes basketball player DJ Abreu to talk about his favorite and most challenging parts of playing on the Touro team, why sports are important in the lives of everyday people and more. Here's what he said.
“You have to get a college degree,” said Marcin Pokorski. “It will open doors. After you get your first job, never stop learning and looking for new venues to expand your skillset.”
“I didn’t just join a college,” Alex Segal says of his time at Touro. “I joined a family.”
If you’ve visited a college classroom lately, then you know the majority of college students are so obsessed with their phones that it can be a challenge to get them to fully concentrate on the lesson at hand. With that in mind, Professor Baruch November of Touro’s New York School of Career and Applied Sciences (NYSCAS), who has taught poetry, composition and Shakespeare for nearly fourteen years, takes a different approach to teaching.
Trinidadian emigrant, NYSCAS student, and mother Nadia Thompson-Redhead is determined to improve the lives of children. Growing up in poverty and witnessing the challenges her brothers faced because of their learning issues, she was inspired to become a special education teacher. Now, she’s well on her way to making her mark in both education and psychology, excelling in her studies while working as a paraprofessional with the Department of Education. After graduating, she plans to earn her master’s and teach early childhood education before pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology.
On January 17, Touro’s New York School of Applied and Career Studies (NYSCAS) held two orientation sessions for new students on the Manhattan campus. This group of bachelor’s degree and associate degree candidates is the first to be welcomed by faculty, staff, and continuing students at Touro’s newest location on 31st Street.