At LaGuardia Community College, we believe that a better
world starts by asking, "What if?" The courage to question and the drive to
experiment define our students’ success and our faculty’s accomplishments. We
challenge expectations and dare to do more every day – so that students can
write their own futures, and together, we can build a stronger economy, a
stronger country and a better world. A nationally recognized leader among
community colleges, LaGuardia was founded in 1971 as the ultimate experiment in
opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that
Faculty, staff and students at LaGuardia demonstrate the
power of ordinary individuals to make extraordinary things happen. We provide
an exceptional, affordable education to prepare graduates to face the
challenges of our increasingly complex world, where they will be future leaders
and productive citizens. Our award-winning faculty fosters a culture of
critical thinking so that students can explore and experiment in a supportive
environment as they push past perceived boundaries to achieve their dreams.
Our students come from over 160 countries to study together,
and we are a gateway to achieve the American dream. Returning adult students,
who never thought college was an option, see their families’ lives enriched by
walking through our doors. And for those just graduating from high school,
LaGuardia is an affordable place to start their college education and have an
outstanding learning experience.
We give students the tools and inspiration to re-imagine
their futures and better understand their opportunities. Students offered
research experience in National Science Foundation labs become scientists.
Accounting internships open the door to securing jobs at top-tier accounting
firms or start-up companies, while others continue their studies to become
certified public accountants. Art and design classes taught by practicing
artist-professors nurture the next generation of artists.
In their time at LaGuardia, students grow as human beings
and citizens as well as learners. Everything from participating in
community-service activities with social service organizations, to taking part
in a wide range of student activities prepares LaGuardia students to make our
world a better one.
What strikes anyone who walks the halls and visits the
classrooms of LaGuardia is our spirit—a bold mix of energy, ambition and hope.
And it’s you – our students— who motivate us to continue to develop innovative
programs and resources to adapt to your changing needs and our rapidly changing
world. As we continue to build a great institution, we welcome students who
dream big, and will continually challenge the faculty and staff to make
LaGuardia an even greater institution of learning.
On behalf of our outstanding faculty, dedicated staff,
current students and alumni, I welcome you to LaGuardia.
Dr. Gail O. Mellow