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Lipa Schmeltzer Goes To College – And He Wants You To Go, Too

“I never got an education other than biblical stuff,” reported Schmeltzer. “I called up someone in New Square and he got me a paper saying I had  graduated high school.” Not surprisingly, the registrar at  Rockland Community College, a two-year school which is part of the State University of New York system, informed Schmeltzer that the paper he  was holding was of little value. As English is actually Schmeltzer’s  second language, he spent eighteen months working towards his high  school equivalency diploma, taking classes at the Rockland County Board  of Cooperative Educational Services as well as studying with private  tutor Chaim Glovinsky in order to pass the series of five tests which  would award him a General Equivalency Diploma and allow him to enroll in college.

The Jewish Press reports:

…[Lipa] Schmeltzer’s dream of obtaining a higher education began  approximately two years ago as he drove past the local community college and began to contemplate the possibility of earning a college degree.  Stopping off at the registrar’s office, Schmeltzer inquired as to the  enrollment requirements and was told he needed a high school diploma.

“I never got an education other than biblical stuff,” reported Schmeltzer. “I called up someone in New Square and he got me a paper saying I had  graduated high school.”

Not surprisingly, the registrar at  Rockland Community College, a two-year school which is part of the State University of New York system, informed Schmeltzer that the paper he  was holding was of little value. As English is actually Schmeltzer’s  second language, he spent eighteen months working towards his high  school equivalency diploma, taking classes at the Rockland County Board  of Cooperative Educational Services as well as studying with private  tutor Chaim Glovinsky in order to pass the series of five tests which  would award him a General Equivalency Diploma and allow him to enroll in college.

Now completing his first full semester at RCC, the 34-year-old Schmeltzer is a firm believer in the value of proper schooling.

“I never had the opportunity to get an education,” explained the  superstar. “It’s not fair what is going on in many communities today.  People are getting married yet they have no way of supporting themselves and one day they wake up and realize they can’t manage. Even if someone disagrees with the idea of going to college there are still programs  which can provide a college degree so that they can make something of  themselves and support their families.”…

But the rabbis who fear things like college can rest somewhat easy – Lipa is also studying for smicha, rabbinic ordination. However, he’s  doing that through an online program via Skype.

 

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