Project REACH Student Achievers
Jennie was the president of the Achilles Club (the club for twice-exceptional students at Nassau Community College). She performed with The Third Street Music School settlement, and was a member of the campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She won the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence shortly before attending Brooklyn College, where she went on to win the Department of Modern Languages and Literature Annual Award in German!
Two students attend premiere employment program
Two of our Project REACH students were recently accepted into the ASTEP/ Corporate Lecture Series (Asperger’s Syndrome Training and Employment Partnership) program for the 2013-2014 academic year. ASTEP is an organization that creates and supports programs that promote long-term employment for people with Asperger’s Syndrome. These two students were selected for the Corporate Lecture Series, a competitive program in which students attend presentations from a series of fortune 1000 companies and then network with them afterwards. This program gives our students a unique opportunity to meet corporate executives, market their resumes, and possibly gain employment with one of the participating companies.
From his home in Manhattan’s financial district, BMCC student Paul Borri couldn't help noticing that the lights in nearby commercial buildings burned bright 24 hours a day—even when the buildings were locked, unoccupied and unused. "This was a ridiculous waste of electricity as well as a cause of light pollution, which is harmful to people and wildlife,” he says. “So I decided to do something about it.” Borri drew up a petition, collected 45 signatures from neighbors, and presented his case at a meeting of Community Board 1. In its resolution, the Board urged the City Council “to look into the feasibility of the creation of standards and regulations pertaining to commercial light pollution.” It also requested that “our State and Federal representatives tighten the environmental standards for commercial light emissions.” The resolution passed by a 35-0 vote. Borri, who has been diagnosed with a developmental disorder, is an active member of Beyond the Limits, a BMCC club for students with disabilities and those interested in disability issues. He is also involved with the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD). read more