Our Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the College Discovery (CD) Program is to assist in providing equality of higher education to selected students with specifically defined educational and economic needs, in order to enhance their opportunity for a higher level of education, social mobility, and vocational capability in our city and state. Through funding from the CUNY Office of Special Programs, CD provides a permanent and structured program of holistic services to selected eligible students.

Department goals

  1. Enhance professional readiness of students

  2. Better utilization of existing resources

  3. Expand points of contact through use of technology

About College Discovery

The College Discovery (CD) Program has been a part of the City University of New York for 50 years, providing eligible students with the access to higher education and financial assistance to help them succeed in college.

This educational opportunity program provides:

  • Personalized counseling- students are assigned a counselor to guide them through their college experience at Queensborough
  • Academic support – free tutoring in our own tutoring center, and staffed with skilled, well-trained tutors
  • Financial assistance- offered in addition to state and federal financial aid awards.
  • Advisement Services- Assistance is provided to help plan your academic future.

These services are offered to students who would otherwise be unable to attend college because of economic circumstances and educational background.

Through its support services, the CD program offers students a clear path to a college degree and a meaningful higher education experience.

Over the years, The College Discovery Program at Queensborough Community College has graduated hundreds of students who have transferred to four-year colleges or gained employment with their Associate degree.

The College Discovery Program is a division of the Department of Student Affairs.

Dr. Brian Kerr
Vice President for Student Affairs

QCC student Vicky Chan, recipient of prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship
"I am thankful for the College Discovery Program because of the great resources they provide for incoming students (CD tutoring center, counseling, etc.). The program and its counselors provide the blueprint and confidence for students to succeed throughout their college career" -Vicky Chan, June 2016 Graduate.

Contact Us


Sandra Sacrestano
Email: SSacrestano@qcc.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-281-5138


Katwicia Desruisseaux
Email: kdesruisseaux@qcc.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-631-6210
Cynthia Puca
Email: cpuca@qcc.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-631-6210

Tutorial Staff

Tutorial Center Coordinator
Jeffrey Collins
Email: jecollins@qcc.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-631-6618

Campus Cultural Centers

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