Gerard Cole




Academic Advisor/ Instructor, Kingsborough Community College ASAP


When did you join ASAP?

August 2012


What does your job entail on a daily basis?

On a daily basis I motivate and guide students toward achieving their goals and then I also complete routine tasks such as advising, scheduling, and teaching.


What has been the most rewarding thing about working at ASAP?

The most rewarding thing about working for ASAP is seeing the students you work with overcome their fears and obstacles in order to succeed in their personal lives and as students. 


What, in your opinion, makes ASAP unique?

The individualized advisement and other services provided for the ASAP students is what makes the program unique. A majority of our students graduate in 2 years, compared to the national average of 3-4. In my opinion ASAP students learn well from their past and present failures, work hard, hold themselves accountable, and are persistent. 


Why do you think ASAP is important?

I think ASAP is important because it helps alleviate the monetary issues that become burdensome for student and families. ASAP is also important because it serves as a support group for the students.


How has working at ASAP impacted you?

I believe working for ASAP has helped me develop into a better listener, advisor, public speaker and motivator. I believe that advising/coaching /mentoring and role modeling is my life calling, and I am grateful for the opportunity ASAP has given me to use my talents to effect change in my community and in the lives of the people I work for and work with.


What is one of the most memorable moments you’ve had while working at ASAP?

Seeing a student do something they thought was impossible and knowing I played a part in their success.



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