Alumni Speak

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or just to say hello. Your success is a shared one that we take pride in showcasing. Remember, a brief update with a short story and a digital photo will put you on the path to leaving your legacy here at BMCC.

Please take a few minutes to update us as to your present status.

We want to congratulate you for finishing your associate degree. You are among a select group of students who successfully complete higher education. Moreover, you are an alumni of the College Discovery Program with a rich history of providing support to an underprivileged population.

While it has been many years since we last communicated, we want to share with you a special undertaking that

we would like you to participate in. The College Discovery web site at BMCC has been recently revised and now includes a new section called Alumni Speak. We are very interested in knowing how you are doing, what your additional educational and professional achievements have been. We would like to feature your story with the intent of showcasing the various real lives after BMCC.

This would be a good way for both current and future students to familiarize themselves with future opportunities. We believe that this will expand their thinking and even motivate them to do as you have done in reaching both academic and career success.

Successful CD Alumni

Elsa Castillo

I entered BMCC as a College Discovery Student in the Fall of 1999. I had only arrived to the U.S., from my native Dominican Republic, two years before. I graduated with honors in the spring of 2002 with an Associates degree in Liberal Arts. I went on to study at Hunter College where I just received my Bachelors of Arts this past June 8th, 2005. My experience at BMCC helped tremendously. I was able to graduate Magna Cum Laude at Hunter with a double major of Spanish and Italian Literature. I am sure I would not have been able to accomplish this without the help of the College Discovery program and BMCC.

Alfred J. Luttman

After graduating from BMCC, I attended New York University (NYU) where I graduated with a B.S. in English Education. I was nominated for a CCTOP scholarship by my College Discovery counselor to attend the school of education at NYU. I was given more than $15,000 in scholarships for the two years I attended. NYU accepted all of my BMCC credits. After that I went to teach reading at a middle school. I taught for three years, then left. Currently, I work as a logistics specialist for the New York Army National Guard where I’m doing very well and recently I was promoted to the rand of Staff Sergeant. I honestly could not have done any those things with out the help and assistance of my counselor. I owe my counselor tremendously. My counselor was an inspiration to me during all my years at BMCC, a role model if you will.

Cynthia Martin

This is my story since I left BMCC, I transferred to Hunter College and received my BA / a double major degree in Studio Art and English Language Art in January 2001. Then I continued my education pursuing an MA in Childhood Education. I have written three children's books; The dragon, the princess, and the Cobbler's son with RoseDog Books, Jelly Fish Jane - is in the process of becoming published with Vantage Press, and I am currently working on the illustrations for my latest book.

At present, I am working as a Per Diem Substitute Teacher with the New York City Department of Education, and attending Hunter. I have other aspects in life to enter into such as the Business Sector somewhere down the road of success. Also, I would like to pursue my Ph.D in Art and Education.

To all of my fellow students that are struggling to pursue their dreams, I say to them, never give up the struggle establish the goals that you want to achieve in life. As for myself, I enjoy working in the field of Education!

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