Room A-216, Ext. 5563
The mission of the Department of Students Affairs is to provide an inclusive environment in which students engage in innovative, stimulating, and high quality learning opportunities designed to facilitate personal growth and academic success. Our students will exemplify the core values of leadership, civic engagement, civility, and responsible global citizenship while moving forward successfully toward their academic and career goals.
Additional areas under the Department of Student Affairs include, Career Development and Experiential Learning, College Discovery, Evening Advisement, Freshman Services, New Start Program, New Student Orientation, Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, and Transfer Success Center. Information regarding these areas can be found throughout this catalog.
Student Development Course Offerings
SD 1000 - Freshman Seminar
1 Credit(s) Hours: 1 hr.
This freshman seminar course assists incoming students in their college transition, facilitates interactive learning, and helps to develop knowledge and skills important for attaining academic success. In order to provide students with an opportunity to develop personally, academically, and socially, the course addresses the topics of learning styles, skills for academic success such as note taking and time management, career exploration, academic policies and procedures, information literacy and diversity. Students are encouraged to think critically, to develop an academic plan, and to learn outside of the classroom through out-of-class experience events such as slam poetry, yoga, and cultural diversity workshops. The class also promotes the development of a strong bond between students and their instructor as well as with the college community. This course supports Learning Communities.
SD 1100 - Career and Life Planning
1 Credit(s) Hours: 1 hr.
Students have an opportunity to explore careers with emphasis on their interests, abilities, aptitudes and college experiences. They learn how to plan for future work and leisure time. Topics include the nature of work, contemporary changes in careers and work ethic, self-assessment, jobs, and changing lifestyles. Current labor market information is introduced followed by intensive, individual research and exploration of occupations. Instruction and practical assignments explore the dynamics and techniques of job-seeking, decision-making, goal-planning and priority-setting.
SD 1200 - Strategies for College Success
1 Credit(s) Hours: 1 hr.
This course examines typical problems encountered in college and the strategies to overcome these difficulties. It offers an assessment of personal academic strengths and weaknesses and an examination of the internal and external barriers to academic success. Students are assigned a counselor/advisor to explore issues that often correspond to the course curriculum.
Student Life Office
Room C-123, Ext. 5597
The Department of Student Affairs’ co-curricular activities program, coordinated by the Office of Student Life, is designed to enrich students’ total college experience. The mission of the Office of Student Life is to provide programs and services that support the activities of student organizations to sponsor and support extra- and co-curricular activities designed to supplement students’ classroom experiences, and to contribute to students’ personal and intellectual development.
Students and faculty work together to make decisions in areas of college governance and leadership training. Opportunities are available for students to participate on College Council, the Kingsborough Community College Association, and many other college-wide committees.
Over 80 student organizations, organized and administered by students with assistance from full-time faculty and staff advisors, develop academic, cultural, educational and social programs. Included are team sports and athletics, theater, special interest groups, social groups, a radio station, newspaper, yearbook, literary and arts journal and a student ambassador program.
Many events, open to all students, are scheduled throughout the term. They include lectures, films, art exhibits, socials, music and videos. Dates and campus locations of events are published monthly in an events newsletter and in Scepter, the college student newspaper, as well as posted on easels, the college website, and on Facebook. In addition, students can subscribe to the Student Life Text Messaging Service. To sign-up for the service simply text @KCCEvents to 81010
Student Government Association (SGA)
Student Government Association (SGA) represents the student voice in matters of governance and decision-making on campus. SGA students sit on campus- and university-wide committees and boards to address everything from student complaints and curriculum changes to campus policies and allocation of funds. SGA students meet regularly with student constituents, academic department chairs, and with campus administration. SGA also works with the University Student Senate (USS) and CUNY administration to drive change, and support lobbying efforts with the local and state government. Membership in SGA is limited and is based on election, as set forth in the SGA Constitution.
Campus Activities Board (CAB)
Campus Activities Board (CAB) is the main student programming entity on campus. Each year, CAB hosts a variety of events to entertain, educate, and build community on campus. Past evens have included trivia, laser tag, trips to amusement parks and Broadway shows, novelty/giveaway events, live performers, and more. CAB also works to support the programming efforts of the other student organizations on campus through, mentoring, volunteer assistance, and even sponsorships. All students are welcome to join CAB and/or attend CAB events across campus.
Clubs and Organizations
Room C-123, Ext. 5597
From academic and social, to ethnic and special concerns, the more than 80 clubs and organizations at Kingsborough Community College reflect the diverse interests and activities of both day and evening students. Club involvement can introduce a student to new cultural experiences, help develop valuable leadership and organizational skills required in all aspects of life, and can lead to lasting friendships. The number and types of clubs and organizations change constantly as students’ interests and concerns change. Students interested in creating a new club on campus should obtain a “Petition to Organize and Establish an Organization” from the Office of Student Life. Student Life staff will provide guidance through the process.
Student Activities Résumé
Room C-123, Ext. 5597
The Student Activities Résumé Program provides students with official documentation of their involvement in campus activities that would be of value when applying to a four-year college or for a professional position. Students may apply for a résumé at any time, but it is recommended to wait until after awards night in June so that all accolades can be included.
Student Ambassador Program
Room C-123, Ext. 5597
Student Ambassadors serve as peer mentors throughout campus. They can be found giving directions at the information booth, mentoring first-semester students in the Opening Doors Learning Communities, providing support through the ESL program or Men’s and Women’s Centers, and everywhere in between. Student Ambassadors also help with campus events from the annual Block Party and Springfest to award ceremonies and Commencement. Interested students must have a cumulative GPA of a 2.00 and complete an 8-week training program, offered each Spring.
Radio Station WKRB
Room U-227, Ext. 5817
The college’s student-operated FM station, WKRB-FM, broadcasts on 90.3 MHz and covers South Brooklyn and major portions of Queens and Staten Island and webcasts at http://www.wkrb.org/ Serving approximately 200,000 listeners each week, WKRB provides entertainment, public affairs and community-oriented programming 365 days a year. Students in the Broadcast curriculum use the newly refurbished station as the lab in which to learn every aspect of radio broadcasting.
Room A-216, Ext. 5563
The Student Handbook, an important resource and guide, provides students with information on all aspects of college life - - campus rules and regulations, academic standards, counseling and related services, special programs, student activities, and more. Published in PDF format, The Student Handbook is available for download on the Kingsborough website.
Room M-230, Ext. 5603
Student publications provide an outlet for the expression of ideas, opinions, creativity and talent.
- Scepter, the college newspaper, prints college news, reviews college activities and sports, carries letters, opinions, commentary and items of interest to Kingsborough students and faculty.
- Antheon, the college literary and arts journal, encourages the expression of student poetry and fiction and the visual arts.
- Odyssey, the college yearbook, offers students an opportunity to produce an overview of the academic year and its graduates.
- Orenda Comics, the college comic book.
- Kingsloop, the college online magazine.
All publications are written, produced, managed and distributed by Kingsborough students with a faculty advisor. They are supported by the KCC Association and have been cited for excellence.
Room G-110, Ext. 5737
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs offers a program of intramural, recreation, and athletic activities geared to promote a variety of interests and skills.
The intramurals program is designed to enable students to participate in a wide variety of athletic and recreational activities on a voluntary basis.
The program consists of individual and team events such as touch football, volleyball, 3-man basketball, soccer, ping pong, handball, 5K run, and chess. In many of these intramural tournaments, Kingsborough students compete against each other with the winner representing the college in the CUNY-wide intramural championship. All events are co-educational.
The recreation program offers students an opportunity to participate, at their own convenience, in sports and physical fitness activities including basketball, swimming, tennis, handball, racquetball, and training with weights, ping-pong and run/walk fitness hours.
The Athletic Program is renowned in the northeastern part of the United States, offering men and women the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports. Emphasis is placed upon promoting enjoyment, fitness, skill development, athletic and scholastic knowledge, and sportsman-like competition.
For women, the growing program includes varsity basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball teams. The women’s program is sanctioned by The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC), the local conference, and by Region XV District of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) on the regional, district and national levels.
Male varsity team programs include baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor) and soccer teams.
The men’s program is sanctioned by The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC), the local conference, and by Region XV District of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) on the regional, district and national levels.
Kingsborough also has a co-educational cheerleading team that supports the Athletics Department in various campus events. The cheerleading team support the men’s and women’s basketball teams and competes in the annual CUNY cheerleading championships against CUNY senior colleges.
Kingsborough is a member of The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC), Region XV District of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). There are 24 regions and 10 more encompassing districts geographically within NJCAA.
Victorious teams in the Regional structure compete against each other to determine District champions in each sport. Many of Kingsborough’s teams and individual athletes have won national and regional awards and gone on to win scholarships to four-year colleges in their sports.
The College will not monitor student participation in physical education, open recreation, intramurals, or athletics. Students are responsible for following the advice of their physicians in these matters. The College will take no responsibility whatsoever for any injury students may suffer should they participate without medical advice, or against medical advice, or for any injury suffered as a result of any physical incapacity.
Student Support Programs
Access-Ability Services (Students with Disabilities)
Room D-205, Ext. 5175
Access-Ability Services (AAS) is committed to opening doors of equal opportunity to students with disabilities at Kingsborough Community College. The goal of AAS is to equalize educational opportunities and to provide access through appropriate academic accommodations. Access-Ability Services serves as a disability resource, promotes equity, and provides appropriate accommodations and assistance to Kingsborough students with disabilities. Students with disabilities who want to utilize accommodations are asked to complete an “Application for Academic Accommodations” and submit supporting documentation. For further information go to http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/access-ability/Pages/welcome.aspx
Child Development Center
Room V-105, Ext. 5868
As a service for students who are parents, Kingsborough’s Child Development Center accepts a limited number of children, ages 18 months through nine (9) years, each term. The children receive low-cost professional care and education, including meals, at this licensed facility. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm and Friday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, September through July, and from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays during the fall and spring terms. All Kingsborough students are eligible to apply for a slot for their child, according to their class schedule. Priority is given to full-time matriculated students. Fees are based on the number of hours children are enrolled; when possible, subsidized rates available through public funding are offered to parents who qualify. To apply, parents are encouraged to place their name on the Center’s waiting list.
The Center also offers Pre-K for All (PKA), which is a free fullday pre-school program through the New York City Department of Education. Children must be four (4) years old to participate in PKA.
Room T4-216, Ext. 4660
The mission of CUNY EDGE is to help students who are receiving public assistance achieve academic excellence, graduate on time, and find employment by focusing on personal and professional development, and by equipping students with the necessary skills to succeed in college and the work place.
CUNY EDGE, formerly known as the C.O.P.E. Program, offers advisement on classes and career, seminars on ways to succeed in college and work, cafeteria or bookstore vouchers for program participants, connection to internship and job resources, and tutoring in various subjects.
Men’s Resource Center
Room U-218, Ext. 5864
The Men’s Resource Center provides academic and peer support to self-identified men of color to help empower them and improve their college experience. Services provided to help students achieve their goals include professional and peer mentoring, intensive academic support, networking with other students, career exploration, and cultural and educationally-focused trips and activities.
Student Success Center
Room M-201, Ext. 5243
The mission of the Student Success Center is to develop and implement holistic retention initiatives within the Department of Student Affairs. The office works with first year freshmen, our Kingsborough In the Neighborhood partners, non-degree students, readmitting students and students at risk for dismissal. Current initiatives include implementing academic advisor caseloads for out targeted student populations and facilitating workshops that empower students to take an active role in their learning to overcome academic and financial barriers.
Room V-231, Ext. 5411
Single Stop connects Kingsborough students to the benefits and resources for which they may qualify. A free 10-minute benefits screening can potentially point the way to help with rent, groceries, and/or health insurance. In addition, students can receive the following free services: legal aid, financial counseling, and tax preparation
TRiO Student Support Services
Room D-205, Ext. 5175
TRiO addresses the academic and vocational needs of students with disabilities or who are first-generation or low income. The program provides advisement, counseling, tutorials, technology and academic workshops, transfer assistance, and other initiatives such as academic coaching. Intakes are available throughout the calendar year.
KCC Urban Farm
Between T8 and T2, Ext. 6578
Established in 2011, the mission of KCC Urban Farm is to grow a variety of produce organically and to catalyze thought, dialogue, and action around food system issues. Managed by staff, students, and faculty, the quarter-acre site includes approximately 7,000 square feet for cultivation and learning experiences for the entire Kingsborough community. The Farm produces approximately 4,000 pounds of fresh vegetables each year most of which are distributed to students for free in partnership with Single Stop. KCC Urban Farm is an outdoor laboratory for examining how a wide range of issues intersect with our food system. KCC’s Urban Farm has become a place for Kingsborough students to explore sustainability issues in an engaging, hands-on environment.
Counseling and Health Services
Counseling and Health Services oversees Counseling Services, the Student Wellness Center, Health Services, and the Women’s Center.
Room D-102, Ext. 5975
All currently enrolled Kingsborough students are eligible to receive free and confidential personal counseling through the Counseling Center. In the Counseling Center students will find trained and caring mental health professionals committed to providing services in a safe, supportive environment free of judgment.
The mission of the Counseling Center is to facilitate meaningful personal growth and the fullest academic development of each individual. The staff assists students with adjustment, as well as behavioral, emotional and/or academic challenges. Counselors also provide the Kingsborough Community with ongoing education regarding mental health issues and consultation/assessment in crisis situations
Through counseling, students can gain assistance in developing positive coping strategies to help balance the challenging demands of school and personal life such as stress, trauma, family concerns, loss, anxiety, depression, and life transitions.
Specific services available include individual and group counseling and when appropriate, referrals to outside community mental health agencies and substance abuse treatment programs. The Counseling Center also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) support services. ESL support services is a component of the Counseling Center that was created with the goal of assisting ESL students with adjustment to the college. Services available include personal counseling, group support, workshops based on student needs and interests, referral, resources, and the opportunity to assist other ESL students through ESL peer mentorship.
Student Wellness Center
Room A-108 E and F, Ext. 5300
The Student Wellness Center (SWC) is a unit within Counseling and Health Services. The Student Wellness Center provides health and mental health education, and supportive services in an integrated and holistic way. Its main objective is to provide a safe place on campus that takes into account the diverse needs and backgrounds of Kingsborough’s students and to promote self-care. During each visit a Wellness Counselor will provide the student with a level of support where their challenges will be respectfully addressed and kept confidential. The Wellness Counselor will also help to facilitate an environment where the student will be able to address their concerns, create a plan, and/or problem solve and will develop health solutions targeted toward positive changes and transformation. In addition to wellness visits, SWC services include, but are not limited to mental health screenings, preventative psychoeducational events, HIV testing, and recruitment to health insurance. SWC services and programs are provided by physical and mental health professionals, peer educators, and undergraduate and graduate level inters.
For further information go to http://www.kingsborough.edu/CounselingServices/Pages/WhatistheStudentWellnessCenter.aspx
Room A-108, Ext. 5684
The Health Services Office reviews student medical forms and evaluates the health status of students, facilitates the removal of physical or emotional barriers to learning, and ascertains the need for special adaptations of the college program to ensure the maximum development of each student. First aid, emergency treatment, educational, preventative and advisory services are provided through the Health Services Office. Registered nurses are present when classes are in session to assist students with specific health problems. Any accident or illness incurred during school hours or en route to the college should be reported immediately.
Room M-382, Ext. 4700
The Women’s Center offers women and non-traditional students a supportive place to gather, socialize, and network. The Center partners with academic departments, programs, and clubs to co-sponsor lectures, workshops, and seminars exploring educational, professional, and lifestyle issues. In addition, they form peer support groups in response to students’ needs and schedules. Services include individual and group mental health counseling.