Brooklyn EOC 1968
Discovering a New Career in Teaching Technology
Like many graduating high school seniors, Joseph Bowman, Jr., wanted to go on to college. But he went to an inner city school and wasn’t sure if he was ready for the college classroom or what he should study. So he attended the College Prep Program at the Brooklyn EOC in the summer of 1968, where he took courses in Computer Sciences and English. Within just a few months of completing his studies, he was accepted at the University at Albany.
Dr. Bowman remembers that the EOC courses gave him a strong start and direction on his career. He says, “The basic computer course I took at the EOC provided the foundation for my technology background and experiences. Being introduced to the field of technology at the EOC opened up several possibilities for me in the computer, communications, video production and radio fields later in life.”
Currently, Dr. Bowman has come full circle to teach where he once learned. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice as well as the Director of the Center for Urban Youth and Technology (CUYT) at the University at Albany. Dr. Bowman teaches instructional technology and design, Web design and video production at the School of Education of the University at Albany. He was also elected to the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.Dr. Bowman still relies on his EOC experience. “I share my EOC experience with other students and help inspire them with my accomplishments. If I can do it, you can do it.”