Honors College Inducts Second Cohort in Welcoming Ceremony

Westchester Community College welcomes the second cohort  honorees with a celebration into the Honors College on Thursday September 20th.

Introductions were made by fellow directors of both the Humanities and Social Science Honors degrees to a total of 19 students. The ceremony began with recognition and gratitude towards the many contributors from professors to advisors and the many students involved, from Dr. Sakrajda. Words shared from WCC’s President Dr. Belinda Miles, board member and trustee Mrs. Betsy Stern and of course Nancy Elsohafy WCC Honors College first cohort and Viking News student spotlight, just to name a few.

Dr. Mira Sakrajda the programs director established the Honors College in the fall semester of 2017, granting students the opportunity to take advantage of the support and mentorship offered while pursuing an engaging in academic challenges within the program.The Honors College offers students an opportunity to new experiences, the benefit of smaller classes, with enthusiastic teachers and passionate peers.

“Expand our curriculum and establish college relationships in order for our students to transfer their college credits from honors to honors” say Dr. Sakrajda. These are two of the main goals the honors program director has for her students. “Not only will [Sakrajda] be your disciplinarian but [Sakrajda] is your friend and mentor” says Betsy Stern.

According to Eve Larner, WCC foundation Executive Director, the organizations faculty staff, board members including the anonymous donor of the program have made it possible to pay it forward so that students have a chance in higher learning and encourage them not to give up.

The Honors College offers students an opportunity to new experiences, the benefit of smaller classes, with enthusiastic teachers and passionate peers. Students who exhibit the motivation and intellect to express their talents, hobbies and gifts are welcome to be a part of Westchester Community Honors College. A student who has graduated high school pursuing SUNY and NYSDE-approved Honors-designated degrees who would like to participate in the Honors College would complete their associate degree with WCC and then make their way to a four year university with their transferable honors credits to obtain a bachelor degree in their desired field.

From history, writing, law or medicine students can expand in their plans for the future. “The cohort model creates a unique learning community important to a social, emotional and academic level” says Dr. Sakrajda. Students interested should go online to visit the schools website for the Honors program on the requirements and how to enroll from application process.  

www.sunywcc.edu/academics/honors/   

Contact Dr. Sakrajda by email at mira.sakrajda@sunywcc.edu

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