From the College of Westchester…
In celebration of Karen Smithâ€™s 10 years as president, on November 20, 2008 at Graziellaâ€™s in White Plains, an event will be held in conjunction with supporting The Scholarship Fund of the College of Westchesterâ€˜s Charitable Foundation.
The Foundationâ€™s primary purpose is to provide a vehicle to supplement grant and scholarship opportunities for current students of the college.Â If not for this type of foundation, many worthy students who are in need of a way to supplement their tuition costs might never be able to realize their educational goals.Â For more information, visit www.cw.edu/giving.Â
Karen J. Smithâ€™s 10th year as the president of the College of Westchester (CW) is turning out to be a major milestone in more ways than one. She continues to usher the college into its bright future through various new programs designed to keep up with ever-evolving market demands.
May 2008 marked the beginning of CWâ€™s Bachelor of Business Administration Degree program which offers a higher concentration of business courses than BS and BA programs.Â Â It is quickly growing in popularity with CW graduates and transfer students. The accelerated pace allows most students to complete what would normally be a four-year course of study in three.
BBA graduates have the potential to earn an additional $500,000 over the course of their career, according to Bureau of Labor statistics, and many employers surveyed by the college are more likely to hire a BBA grad than a student holding a BS or BA degree. Mrs. Smith also gave a big push to the beginning of Jump-Start, a four-week summer program through which high school students can earn three to six college credits attending courses at CW two to four times per week.
Another major project of which Mrs. Smith was a core creator is The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation, an IRS approved public charity, which provides an additional vehicle to supplement grant and scholarship opportunities for current students of the college. Since its inception in 2005, The Foundation has regularly awarded scholarships and has helped assist many worthy students realize their educational goals.
In her third term as ex-officio member to the Board of Trustees, Mrs. Smith has been employed with the college on a full time basis since 1985 when she graduated from The Collegeâ€™s Accounting program. During her many years at CW she has worked in progressive positions including: Admissions Counselor, Assistant Vice President, Dean of Administrative and Student Services, Vice President and Senior Executive Vice President.
She holds an A.A.S. degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, an A.O.S. degree from The College of Westchester with high honors and a B.S. degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Concordia College in Bronxville, New York. In addition to her role as an Executive Board Member of the APC Colleges, Mrs. Smith also serves on the boards of Several Sources Shelters of Ramsey, New Jersey and St. Johnâ€™s Academy in Hillsdale, NJ.Â She is currently pursuing an M.B.A. at Walden University.
The College of Westchester, located on Central Avenue in White Plains, is a distinctive, career-focused college.Â CW has been enriching the community for the past 90 years by providing students with specialized skills needed for todayâ€™s dynamic employment market.Â Further enrichment of its curriculum includes the newly approved Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.Â CW offers a small, private college environment with over 130 courses within 16 degree and certificate programs in business, allied health and technology.Â CW offers day, evening and convenient Saturday only, on-line and web-enhanced classes.Â The College of Westchester welcomes over 1,000 students from eight counties throughout New York and Connecticut, catering to those who want a college education that provides a fast start to job skills and careers.
For more information on The College of Westchester, please call 800.333.4924 or visit www.cw.edu .
(Press release courtesy of Jessica Del Balzo/College of Westchester.)Â