Brooklyn, NY, October 17 — Kingsborough Community College (KCC) president, Dr. Regina Peruggi, today announced that the college will christen and launch the newest vessel in its Maritime Technology Program, the Mike Drucker, Friday, October 19, during a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at the college marina.
The new vessel memorializes and honors the late Dr. Milton (Mike) Drucker, the founder and former dean of the Marine Education Program at KCC. Dr. Drucker served as dean of Marine Education at KCC from 1983 to 1994. He enlisted as an engineer in the Merchant Marine, serving as an ensign in World War II where he developed a lifelong love of sailing and all things nautical. Subsequent to joining KCC, he was charged with the responsibility of developing curricula appropriate for the location of KCC, known as the college by the sea. He developed two curricula – one in Seafood Technology and the other in Vessel Operation.
“Dean Milton (Mike) Drucker was an educator, political advisor, mentor and founder of the Maritime Technology program at KCC. He is the best example of how a single individual can make a tremendous difference in the lives of others. It is most appropriate to honor him by naming a vessel after him and establishing a scholarship in his name,” said Dr. Peruggi.
KCC’s Maritime Technology program offers rewarding opportunities for students who desire employment immediately upon graduation as deck hands, captains or managers. Graduates may also work on water taxis, tugs and ferries. KCC is one of the first two-year institutions to offer an associate degree in maritime subjects. The program has received a U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Approval for its course work and the U.S. Maritime Administration has awarded the program the status of Civilian Nautical School under the Merchant Marine Act of 1936.
Built by Thomas Marine Aluminum Vessels in Patchogue, New York, the nine-ton Mike Drucker is 38 feet in length, has a beam of 16 feet and can operate at a maximum speed of 25 knots. It was acquired from the New York City Department of Correction.
About Kingsborough Community College:
Kingsborough Community College, one of the top ten community colleges in the country and Brooklyn’s only community college, is located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan
Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn. The breathtaking campus overlooks three bodies of water: Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It serves approximately thirty thousand students per year, offering a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts, career education, and specialized programs.
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