SJC Brooklyn to Partner with Tzu Chi Foundation to Provide Free SAT Prep Courses

March 08, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – March 8, 2019 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that it will partner with the Tzu Chi Foundation to provide free SAT prep classes to local high school students at the Foundation’s office in Flushing, Queens. These classes will be targeted to recently arrived immigrant high school juniors and seniors who possess academic promise but require additional help with the verbal component of the exam.

“St. Joseph's College was founded with the goal of lifting people to their fullest potential through the gift of education,” said Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., SJC president. “Our partnership with the Tzu Chi Foundation enables us to do exactly that. Our instructors work hard, using their unique skills and insights, so that all students can master the SAT exam and be successful in all their future endeavors.”

The classes will run from March 21 – May 2 and will provide students with in-depth preparation for the SAT exam. Designed for students for whom English is a second or even third language, the aim of this course is to review all sections of the current test and offer strategies for improvement in all seven areas, including the essay. There will be a special focus on vocabulary acquisition, grammar and usage, and, most importantly, reading comprehension.  

“Both of our respective missions call us to transform our society via education,” said Freeman Su, executive director of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Northeast Region. “Our annual partnership with St. Joseph's College helps us accomplish this by preparing the young people we serve for success in college and beyond.”

For more information, contact Michael Banach at 718.940.5584 or [email protected]

With offices in 46 countries, the Tzu Chi Foundation is one of the largest charity organizations originating in Taiwan. For more than 48 years, the organization has provided services for those in need worldwide. What began as simple charitable work with Dharma Master Cheng Yen and 30 housewives has gradually expanded into the eight fields of compassion in action: charity, medicine, education, culture, international relief, bone marrow donation, environmental protection and community volunteerism. To this day, nearly all services are provided by foundation member volunteers, who labor with an attitude of love and gratitude towards all people. 

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.