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Gateway Academic Center (GAC)

Gateway Academic Center (GAC)

Gateway Academic Center (GAC)

The "GAC"

The mission of The Gateway Academic Center (GAC) is to meet the needs of those continuing students who have reached sophomore status (31+ credits) and have not as yet decided on a major. The GAC also provides support services to those continuing  students (31 credits+) who have not yet completed all of the requirements to apply to a professional school.  The GAC guides these students by addressing such issues as major choice, degree progress, research, career options and more.  The GAC offers mentoring, tutoring, workshops and special events to help students navigate this critical year in their academic progress.



A Message from the Director
L. Gerson, Ph.D.

Congratulations!  You’ve completed your first year!  You are now officially a sophomore.  If you are still undecided or en route to fulfill the pre-requisites to apply to the professional school of your choice, your home base is here at the GAC!

You are about to embark upon the second year of your college career—the Sophomore Year, which will challenge you academically, intellectually and socially.  The challenges will be of a different sort than those posed by the first. In your freshmen year, you are adapting to your new school environment, learning the terrain, and the basic academic expectations.   In the sophomore year, you will focus more on your degree path, its alignment with your career plans, as well as your personal values and ethics.  

You are poised to take your place in an extremely complex world and a rapidly changing one.  Your generation on average will have more than one career.  My own career followed several different paths.  I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, a field I still find fascinating.  My first job, however, was in publishing.  After that, I worked in the theater both as a playwright and as a performer.  I returned to school to pursue an MFA in Theater and Film.  I taught both at Queens College for over 13 years, while pursuing a Ph.D.   Looking for a new challenge, I decided to accept an administrative position in Higher Education as the Evening/Weekend Dean at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.).  I became fascinated with the new administrative software that was being implemented there, BANNER.  After having written a user’s manual for the product and training colleagues on the new system, I was offered a job by the software company.  

There is no one path to a career.  A basic undergraduate major may lead to many different vocational options.  Indeed, the work I did as an anthropology major in the statistical analysis of archeological sites honed the cognitive tools I needed to learn how to program.
A mind that is both agile and receptive to new ideas is the key to meeting the challenges of the 21st century workplace.  Your undergraduate education here at CCNY will equip you to meet those challenges.  Your GAC adviser will guide you on this voyage of discovery.  

Welcome to the second year at CCNY!






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