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Second Chances: The CUNY Seek and College Discovery Story

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March 19, 2012 - 2:41 pm


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SECOND CHANCES: THE CUNY SEEK AND COLLEGE DISCOVERY STORY is a documentary produced by CUNY TV telling the exciting story behind the creation of the SEEK Program at the City University of New York in 1966 and it's growth and development since then. SEEK was the first state-mandated Opportunity Program for four-year colleges in the nation. Since then, SEEK has given thousands of underprivileged youth the opportunity not only to go to college but also the tools to thrive and be successful. A similar program called College Discovery was developed for the two-year colleges. The documentary interviews many of the key political and educational leaders responsible for creating the SEEK program like Hon. David Dinkins, Basil Paterson, Herman Badillo, John Marchi and Percy Sutton who led the efforts with the state legislature. The documentary also features many of the students who were given a second chance like Hon. Lottie Wilkins, NYS Supreme Court Justice, Oscar Hijuelos, the first Hispanic Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction, and NYS Senator, Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican-American elected to US State Senate. In July 2010, the NYS State Legislature renamed The SEEK Program "the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program." The documentary is dedicated to his memory and efforts.


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