Immediate: October 12, 2017
Garden City, NY — Nassau Community College President Dr. W. Hubert Keen announced that the second annual Dreamer's Conference will be held on the NCC campus on October 20, 2017. Working in partnership with the Long Island Immigrant Student Association (LIISA), a not-for-profit grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of immigrant students on Long Island, the conference will host over 250 high school students from 10 high school districts from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. At the conference, students will be given tools for advocacy and assistance from admissions, financial aid, and advisement counselors from NCC to assist them in preparing for college. Noted Dr. Keen, "Nassau Community College's mission is to provide students, regardless of immigration status, an opportunity to receive a quality education at an affordable cost. As we provide supportive services and once again host the Dreamer's Conference, NCC is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to that mission."
Dr. Jorge Gardyn, Chairman of the NCC Board of Trustees, echoed those sentiments. "As an immigrant to this country, I live the American Dream every day because of the excellent educational opportunities that I received here. Nassau Community College's mission is to provide those opportunities for our students — no matter their immigration status — and I am proud that we are partnering with the Long Island Immigrant Student Association and welcoming the Dreamer's Conference once again to our campus."
With a veritable United Nations represented by its student body, NCC is uniquely suited to help these émigré high school students navigate the college world. This conference is part of NCC's commitment to helping students achieve and access every possible educational opportunity. Osman Canales, Director of the LIISA organization, praised Nassau Community College for its commitment to newly arrived students. "I want to thank NCC for its commitment to newly arrived students by opening its campus to high school students who may have no other source of information on gaining admission to college," he said.
During the conference, the College will have staff available from admissions, financial aid and advisement to speak personally with attending students. Said former LIISA Board member George Siberon, "Helping our immigrant students is the American way, and I applaud LIISA and Nassau Community College for partnering to assist and support our students navigate their way to a great college education. Nassau Community College goes the extra mile to assure educational opportunities for all students, no matter their background, immigration status, or economic status." Media Contact Alicia Steger 516.572.9634 firstname.lastname@example.org ncc.edu/newsreleasesRef. 1980.10/12/17/150 About Nassau Community College Nassau Community College, part of The State University of New York, is an institution where almost 20,000 full- and part-time students and approximately 10,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence. Visit www.ncc.edu for more information.