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  •  Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Graduates 14th Cohort of Business Owners

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Community College Graduates 14th Cohort of Business Owners 


    10,000 Small Businesses Graduation


    Long Island City, NY—June 30, 2015—Twenty-seven scholars from the 14th cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Community College graduated from the program on June 25th.


    Keynote speaker Dina Powell, head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing and President of Goldman Sachs Foundation, which oversees the national initiative, noted the positive impact 10,000 Small Businesses has had overall. “Sixty-seven percent of participants have reported increasing their revenues six months after graduating, which rises to 76% after 18 months. Forty-six percent of participants have reported creating net new jobs six months after graduating, which rises to 57% after 18 months. And the graduation rate is 99%.”


    Ms. Powell also emphasized LaGuardia’s crucial role as the program’s first partner. “It’s all about having the right partners in the community,” she said, pointing out that LaGuardia’s focus on results and deep commitment to students has helped forge the program into what it is today.


    10,000 Small Businesses is a national initiative that helps small businesses grow and create jobs through greater access to business education, financial capital and support services.


    “Goldman Sachs has created a totally different paradigm to help small businesses become successful,” said Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia. “10,000Small Businesses is a visionary program that serves as a catalyst for making a business that can be great even greater.” Noting that the graduates put their hearts on the line every day to ensure that their businesses grow, she said she hoped that all LaGuardia students would catch their entrepreneurial spirit.  


    In its fifth year of operation, 10,000Small Businesses, which has expanded to the United Kingdom, has served almost 5,000 small business owners in 25 locations. At LaGuardia, over 470 businesses have completed the program.

     

    Cohort 14 included a wide variety of businesses located throughout the tri-state area, covering industries from food and legal sectors to technology, construction/contracting and marketing/media. Several niche businesses also participated, such as specialty fabric embossing; musical instrument instruction, cleaning and repair; and a provider of onsite custom wellness programs.


    Class speaker Anthony Grillo, CFO of City Sounds of NY, Speech-Language Development Center, Inc., a pediatric based speech-language pathology center, said 10,000 Small Businesses has given him and his classmates the tools they need to take their plans “off the drawing board and put them into action.” Giving the program full credit for his business’ new growth, he said the company will be expanding into New Jersey for the 2015-16 school year.


    Noting that she is projected to grow her business by 25% this year and will be partnering with a classmate on a new initiative, co-class speaker Pamela Roach, CEO of Breakthrough Marketing Technology, a strategic marketing consultancy, said she and her fellow business owners are ready and eager to adopt new skills sets that they acquired in the program. She added that she is looking forward to participating in the 10,000 Small Businesses alumni network, which is “a gift that keeps on giving.”


    Local business owner Laura Stieffel of Polyphase Electric, Inc., an electrical contracting services company in Long Island City, explained she joined 10,000 Small Businesses to improve her organizational, management and leadership skills, among other things, in order to grow and secure the future of her company. Other graduates noted that the program came highly recommended from colleagues and program alumni as an investment in their businesses as well as personal careers.


    For more information on Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businessesat LaGuardia Community College visit www.laguardia.edu/10ksb, call (718) 730-7400 or email 10KSB@lagcc.cuny.edu.


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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.


    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million investment to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services. The program is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital and support services best addresses barriers to growth. The program is currently operating in Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, the national cohort at Babson college and eight capital only sites – Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Minneapolis, Montana, Oregon/Washington, and Virginia. 


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     William Adams Convenes Humanities Roundtable at LaGuardia

    National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William Adams Convenes Humanities Roundtable at LaGuardia Community College with Faculty and Students

     

    Discusses New Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

    Grant Opportunity


     

    National Endowment for Humanities Roundtable


    Long Island City, NY—June 29, 2015— National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William Adams convened a roundtable of faculty, staff and students at LaGuardia Community College to discuss the importance of innovative humanities programs in liberal arts education, highlighting the federal agency’s recent announcement of its new community colleges grant program.


    This new grant program, Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges is the latest NEH effort to expand the humanities resources and educational opportunities available to historically underserved student populations. The grant program is part of NEH’s agency-wide initiative The Common Good: TheHumanities in the Public Square , which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role and significance of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.


    "Listening opportunities like this are invaluable in helping us understand and respond to the needs of today's humanities community," said NEH Chairman William Adams. "With NEH's new grant offering for community colleges, we hope to encourage innovative educational programs that prepare students for civic engagement and foster a deep appreciation of the humanities and liberal arts." 


    The grant program offers up to $100,000 to community colleges and post-secondary two-year institutions for projects focused around a core topic or set of themes in the humanities. Eligible projects include the creation of new humanities minors and capstone courses, the development of humanities-based bridge programs for at-risk and nontraditional students, or initiatives to incorporate humanities education within professional training programs.


    “This is such an important dialogue,” said LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow in her welcoming remarks. “Your support has deepened the national conversation about the intrinsic value of a Liberal Arts degree. And the population you seek to reach with this amazing new grant is exactly the student body here at LaGuardia: ethnically diverse, non-traditional, and underserved.”

     

    Joining Dr. Mellow and Chairman Adams were faculty and students of the College who have firsthand experience with teaching and learning through the humanities.

     

    “Your op-ed on the importance of the humanities and history resonated strongly with me, because the immigrant students at our English Language Center improve their communication skills to a level at which they can engage in their communities, write letters to their Council Members, and navigate citizenship issues, in addition to securing better jobs to support their families,” said John Hunt, Executive Director of Adult Community Learning.

     

    English faculty Justin-Rogers-Cooper described how his digital storytelling course not only sharpened students’ writing and citation skills, but also developed their social media communication abilities using Twitter to comment on social issues presented in such classics of literature as “A Raisin in the Sun”.


    Liberal Art major Elijah Akinbambidele spoke of his participation in an English literature class project involving 19th century American theater.

     

    “I’m having a wonderful time with this, and it’s something I never imagined myself enjoying or doing,” he said. “It’s also really great because I get to share my research with my peers in the Black Male Empowerment Cooperative.”

     

    Habiba Boumlik, Associate Professor of French, discussed her capstone course that examines the roles of women in Muslim society, noting how the rich ethnic diversity at LaGuardia facilitates classroom discussions that provide broad cultural perspectives for students while smashing racial and gender stereotypes.

     

    Former social worker Kazuko Kobayashi, a Fine Arts alumna of the Class of 2015, told participants she chose LaGuardia to fulfill her long cherished dream to become an artist because it was the only community college offering a Fine Arts major and she felt unprepared to return to undergraduate work after decades in the workforce. Ms. Kobayashi will the School of Visual Arts in the fall to pursue her BFA.

     

    Director of LaGuardia’s Modern Language Program Dr. Tomonori Nagano described how the language course offerings -13 languages are taught at the College- from Romance languages to Bengali to Arabic and American Sign Language- respond to the expressed interests of students.

     

    Abdallah Alsalla, a Japanese major, told participants he wants to use his major to promote cross cultural awareness and understanding that can help organizations improve global corporate communications.

     

    “There is no language requirement at community colleges, so our students choose to take language courses because they are immersed in our diverse campus community,” Dr. Nagano noted. “and our Luce Heritage Language Scholarship gives students the ability to develop their bilingual skills, cultural awareness, leadership potential and perform an internship abroad.”

     

    Luce scholar and Philosophy major Jesus Benitez shared how as a single father he only wanted to get his high school equivalency degree to secure a higher paying job, but that mentors among the faculty and staff at the College inspired and encouraged him to go further.

     

    “I declared Computer Science, but after taking a Philosophy course, I changed my major. Philosophy helped me think outside my world. This summer I’m going to use my heritage language as an assistant teacher in Argentina. I want to mentor the students, and I’ll also be able to communicate with their parents,” Jesus said.

     

    “Challenging our students to look beyond an accounting degree and getting a high paying job immediately after graduation to learn how to think and about themselves is a challenge, but it’s such a pleasure to open them up to a wider perspective on life,” said Eastern Philosophy Professor Dr. Payal Doctor.

     

    Dr. John Chaffee, Director of LaGuardia’s nationally recognized Philosophy program, told participants, “Philosophy teaches students to think critically and reflectively; it’s a transferrable life skill that crosses all majors, all ethnic groups, all social classes, and it is essential for clarifying and understanding the world.”

     

    Edemir Castano, an alumnus of 2015 and the Class Speaker, shared how he switched majors from Nursing to Philosophy after a “mind-blowing” experience in Dr. Chaffee’s class. The honor student will attend Brown University on scholarship in the fall.

     

    “I’m on a mission to get students to understand how practical Philosophy can be,” Edemir said.

     

    Humanities Department Chair Professor Michael Rodriguez described a new program with the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan offering Fine Arts students paid internships that not only provide them with academic credit towards their Humanities requirements in the fall semester, but also with a part-time job in the museum during the spring semester.

     

    “And there is strong potential there for students to be hired more permanently as full-time workers as well,” he told participants.

     

    “The humanities at LaGuardia give our students a way to explore who and what they are,” Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs Howard Wach told Chairman Adams. “The time and financial pressure community college students are under to earn a degree ad get a job immediately makes it difficult to get them to delve into imaginative pursuits, so these programs offer them practical ways to do that –that’s why they’re so indispensible.”

     

    Chairman Adams concurred, “The way you’ve located imagination in your courses and programs given the diversity of your students’ lives brings new understandings.”

     

    View photos from the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laguardiaccollege/sets/72157652700179313

     

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    About the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH):
    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent federal agency, provides support for documentary films, digital media and other educational programs in the humanities through competitive grant programs. NEH is the nation’s leading supporter of research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities. Established by Congress in 1965, the agency is currently celebrating 50 years of excellence in the humanities. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov. Follow NEH on Twitter @NEHgov or on Facebook.

       

    LaGuardiaCommunity College

    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

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     Two LaGuardia Students Awarded Prestigious JKC Scholarships

    Two LaGuardia Community College Students Awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship


    Long Island City, NY—June 22, 2015— LaGuardia Community College students Xavier Medina and Nathan Weiss have been awarded the prestigious 2015 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This generous scholarship is awarded to the nation’s top community college students, providing up to $40,000 per year for completion of their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities.


    “We’re so proud to have two students awarded the outstanding Jack Kent Cooke scholarship this year. Xavier and Nathan represent the academic rigor happening at LaGuardia and community colleges nationwide,” said President Gail O. Mellow. “The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has increasingly recognized the need for elite colleges to tap community colleges for bright and diverse talent.”


    This year, 90 recipients were chosen from over 2,000 applications from across the country. Awardees were chosen by a selection committee of admissions professionals, and selection was based on exceptional academic ability, financial need, persistence leadership and the desire to help others.


    “Community colleges hold some of best untapped talent in the nation, but often these students need financial resources, guidance, and support in order to take the next step and earn bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees,” explained Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Harold O. Levy. “The Cooke Foundation has always been committed to identifying the best of the best in community colleges across the country, and this year we have an extraordinary group.”


    Xavier Medina, who was a Liberal Arts, Social Science and Humanities major at LaGuardia was accepted to NYU, Fordham, Sarah Lawrence, City College and Columbia. He will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Columbia in the fall.


    “The award was absolutely life changing,” Medina said. “If you had asked me two or three years ago, I never would have thought I would be applying and going to Columbia. And being able to get an undergraduate degree without debt is amazing.”


    Nathan Weiss, an economics major while at LaGuardia, will complete his bachelor’s degree in Finance at Baruch College. He’s currently interning at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an analyst in their mergers and acquisitions group.


    “Winning this scholarship means more to me than words can describe. Not only does it facilitate me being able to continue my education, but it also alleviates the financial pressure exerted on myself and my family,” Weiss said. “I cannot thank the foundation enough for choosing me as one of the JKC scholars; I feel very fortunate and am even more motivated to challenge myself moving forward."


    The next application cycle for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program will run from late September to early December. Rising sophomores and recent community college graduates (within the last five years) are eligible to apply for this scholarship.


    “We believe our program makes a difference, but we’d also like to see more and better partnerships between community colleges and four-year schools, particularly selective institutions, as well as resources before, during, and after transfer,” said Levy. “As President Obama has said, we need to change the way we think about community colleges as they will be critical to developing the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.”


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    LaGuardia CommunityCollegelocated in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.


    The Jack Kent CookeFoundationis dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. By offering the largest scholarships in the country, comprehensive counseling and other support services to students from 7th grade to graduate school, the Foundation is dedicated to ensuring high-performing, low-income students have the support necessary to develop their talents and excel educationally. In addition to its scholarship programs, the Foundation provides grants for innovative, high-impact initiatives that benefit such students. By doing so, the Cooke Foundation seeks to use its resources to end the Excellence Gap, the disparity between the number of low and high income students who reach the top levels of academic performance. Founded in 2000, the Foundation has awarded $130 million in scholarships to 1,900 students and over $80 million in grants.

     LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, and NYC Department of Education Host Parent Conference

    LaGuardia Community College/CUNY and NYC Department of Education Host Parent Conference

     

    Long Island City, NY—June 11, 2015—The Center for Immigrant Education and Training (CIET) at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York (CUNY), and the New York City Department of Education hosted a parent conference on June 9 at LaGuardia for families of English Language Learners (ELLs).   


    “We are pleased to collaborate with the New York City Department of Education on such an important event,” said LaGuardia President Gail O. Mellow. “CIET’s ESOL & Family Literacy Program helps immigrant parents navigate the public school system so that they can become advocates for their children. In doing so, they become role models not only to their children, but to other parents as well.”


    The conference was one of three citywide events held this month for parents and guardians of ELLs and former ELLs. The conference offered families valuable information about how to support their children academically and summer learning available to them in New York City. Parents participated in workshops on Dual Language Programs, ELL Program Options, Rights and Responsibilities of ELL Families, Summer Program Opportunities, and College Planning. During the conference, parents were offered translation services.


    Deputy Chancellor of the Department of English Language Learners and Student Support (DELLSS) Milady Baez gave the keynote during the morning’s program. Ms. Baez underscored the importance of parent involvement and engagement as critical and core components of improving student achievement. ELLs account for over 14 percent of New York City schools’ total population, or approximately 140,000 students, and represent roughly160 languages.


    “We have empirical data that shows that children who receive instruction in their native language as well as English score highest on their exams,” said Ms. Baez. “We want to send the message to parents that their culture and language are highly appreciated. Every child should maintain their native language.” Ms. Baez is a native of the Dominican Republic and former ELL, who has been committed to providing equity and excellence for ELLs since the start of her career in 1975 as a bilingual teacher.


    Parents enrolled in LaGuardia’s ESOL & Family Literacy Program addressed the group as well to encourage families to become more active in their school communities and stressed the importance of learning English. “Ask your children every day how school was,” said ELL parent Felipe Sojo. “Help them with their homework, attend parent-teacher conferences, and contact the teacher if there is a problem and to discuss report cards.”  


    “Our children will be more motivated to learn with our help, and we learn by helping them,” added ELL parent Jesus Arias.


    Members of the Citywide Council for English Language Learners (CCELL) also spoke to the group in English, Spanish and Arabic. CCELL helps shape education policies and maintain strong relationships with families and the community. During their remarks, CCELL members encouraged parents to become involved in their children’s education, because their voices are integral to the education system.


    For more information on the services that DELLSS provides, please visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/ELL/default.htm.


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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today.  LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students' lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.


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     LaGuardia Math Society Students are Victorious at Math Conference

    LaGuardia’s Math Society + Faculty Mentors = Competition Success


    Math Society Competition


    Long Island City, NY—June 10, 2015—On the last Saturday of spring break, as most students were enjoying leisure time, LaGuardia Community College’s Math Society was adding to the number of awards they’ve won this year.


    At the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) conference in Monmouth, New Jersey, four LaGuardians worked together to place first in the competition among all other two-year colleges present.


    The Math Society’s Simon Ling, Glenn Nie, Gabriel Romero and Shirley Wong also edged out hundreds of others to place tenth overall among all two- and four-year colleges and universities that competed; moving up three places from last year’s overall placement.


    The individual and collaborative team competitions revolved around students showcasing their math skills and understanding of complex problem-solving.


    On the journey to the conference Math Society members and mentors shared math puzzles, ensuring they were prepared for the competition.


    Finishing first at the MAA conference was one more victory added to a growing list of achievements for LaGuardia students in mathematics. Earlier this year the Math Society received high honors the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) and New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges (NYSMATYC) competitions, and student Shirley Wong placed second overall in NYSMATYC math competition.


    The Math Society is coached by a team of dedicated faculty mentors, including Drs. Tao Chen, Jeanne Funk, Nader Goubran, Reem Jaafar, Margolzata Marciniak and Shenglan Yuan.


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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit   www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     

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     The Grainger Foundation Supports Fiorello H.LaGuardia Community College Foundation

    The Grainger Foundation Supports Fiorello H.LaGuardia Community College Foundation

    Grainger Foundation

    Long Island City, NY—June 5, 2015—The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $10,000 to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College Foundation, in support of its mission to educate and graduate one of the most diverse student populations nationwide to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens who help to shape a rapidly evolving society.

     

    “This grant will be used to support the LaGuardia Community College Foundation President’s Society, which offers leadership and professional development training to high-achieving students,” said Gail O. Mellow, LaGuardia President.  “We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

     

    This donation was recommended by William Draghi, Market Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Maspeth, NY, location.  Grainger has been a part of the Queens business community for approximately 40 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.  “The partnership, appreciation, and involvement shown by the staff and students of LaGuardia Community College have made this a rewarding experience for all involved,” said Draghi.  “We understand the benefits of this type of assistance in our community.”

     

    The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.


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    LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today.  LaGuardia educates students through more than 50 degree, certificate, and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams.  Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average.  Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students.  At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum, and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit  www.lagcc.cuny.edu to learn more.

     

    For further information about Grainger contact:

    Joe Micucci, Director, Media Relations at Joseph.Micucci@grainger.comm

     

    For further information about LaGuardia Community College contact:

    Luda Spajic, Community & College Relations Manager at Lspajic@lagcc.cuny.edu

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     Cecilia Munoz Keynotes LaGuardia Community College’s 43rd Commencement on June 4

    Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Munoz Keynotes LaGuardia Community College’s 43rd Commencement on June 4

     

    Long Island City, NY—May 29, 2015—Cecilia Munoz, the Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House, will be the keynote speaker at LaGuardia Community College’s 43rdAnnual Commencement Exercises on June 4.

     

    The featured speaker and other distinguished guests will address an expected 1,000-plus graduates who will be attending the exercises at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Avenue between W 31st St and W 33rd St). The event begins at 10:00 a.m.

     

    A press table will be located near the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Theater entrance by the South Concierge for reporters to sign in, get a ticket, a press packet and be escorted to a seat in the VIP section.

     

    To learn more about Ms. Munoz and the other speakers, contact Lara Moon at 718-482-5991 or via email at lmoon@lagcc.cuny.edu.

     

    For more information about LaGuardia’s 43rd Annual Commencement please visit: http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/About/Commencement/home/

     

       

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     

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     LAGCC Shares Groundbreaking Adult Education Approaches through New Professional Development Institute

    LaGuardia Community College Shares Groundbreaking Adult Education Approaches through New Professional Development Institute


    Long Island City, NY—November 21, 2014—LaGuardia Community College has officially launched the College and Career Pathways Institute (CCPI) to provide professional development that helps educators prepare adults and out-of-school youth to get back on track to college and new careers through innovative contextualized and integrated instructional strategies.


    CCPI offers a campus-based demonstration site that pilots leading-edge curricula and program models and provides customized hands-on and web-based workshops, educational tools, faculty coaching and a well-tested curriculum design. CCPI trainers, all teachers with extensive and proven success in college preparatory classrooms, work with adult education programs, colleges, community based organizations, workforce training organizations, and college access and success organizations across the country. The Institute has already provided services in 11 states and has presented at many national conferences, including the Council on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Conference and the National College Transition Network Effective Transitions Conference in 2014.  


    “The pioneering work of the College and Career Pathways Institute is providing the highest quality training to a whole new generation of adult educators,” said Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia. “With this training, thousands of educators will more effectively teach adult students, giving them the education and understanding about their chosen career that will allow them to build a better future for themselves and their families.”


    CCPI creates workshops and training materials using curriculum and program materials from LaGuardia’s Bridge to College and Careers Program and New York Basic Education and Skills Training (NYBEST) programs.  


    The Bridge to College and Careers Program prepares students to earn their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma and successfully transition to college or career training. A recent random assignment evaluation of the Bridge Program found that students were twice as likely to complete the program, three times as likely to earn a HSE diploma, and twice as likely to transition to postsecondary education as their counterparts in a traditional HSE preparatory program ( http://www.mdrc.org/publication/enhancing-ged-instruction-prepare-students-college-and-careers). CCPI trainers have shared the Bridge Program model and methodology in recent workshops for educators at community colleges in New York, Illinois, Ohio and the New England region.  The Bridge Program has also recently been cited as a model transition program by Acting Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Education Johan Uvin.


    This winter, CCPI is partnering with the National College Transition Network to offer a public webinar series examining program and instructional shifts connected to new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation. To expand training and disseminate its models across the country, CCPI has also launched a new website ( http://www.laguardia.edu/CCPI). And a monthly newsletter featuring CCPI updates and best practices is available to the adult education and college access and success communities. 


    Olga Merchan, Director of Workforce Strategy at YouthBuild USA, commented, “If you want to build a successful bridge-to-college program, partner with LaGuardia Community College and learn from the best.”


    For more information on LaGuardia’s College and Career Pathways Institute contact ccpi@lagcc.cuny.edu or (718) 349-4015.


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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating under served students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     State Education Department Officials Discuss Bridge Program

    State Education Department Officials Discuss Bridge Program Over Lunch with LaGuardia Community College President, Administrators and Students

    Bridge

    Long Island City, NY—November 13, 2014—President Gail O. Mellow and LaGuardia Community College administrators last week hosted New York State Education Department, New York State Board of Regents, and local elected officials at a luncheon held in LaGuardia’s NYDesigns center.


    State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Regent Betty Rosa, Dist. 37 Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, State Education Commissioner John B. King and Deputy Commissioner Kevin Smith met with Dr. Mellow, Associate Dean of Pre-College Programs Jane MacKillop, Executive Director of Pre-College Academic Programs Amy Dalsimer, and Executive Director for Adult Community Learning John Hunt.


    During the working lunch administrators gave the Education Department officials an overview of several LaGuardia programs that help adults who did not finish high school earn high school equivalency (HSE) diplomas and continue on to college: the Bridge to College and Careers Program, the Center for Immigrant Education and Training (CIET), and NY Basic Education and Skills Training (NYBEST) Programs.


    The Bridge to College and Careers Program provides career focused high school equivalency preparation and college readiness. CIET provides contextualized English, immigrant family literacy, and parent and civic engagement programs. NYBEST combines basic skills and technical instruction/vocational training to prepare students for employment.


    “We really are a community college,” Mellow said. “We take everybody who has a high school equivalency diploma and everything in between or a degree from a New York City public school, or an adult who got a degree in Brazil. We take them and say welcome, if you are going to give us the time, we’re going to create a system that allows you to succeed.”


    After a welcome from Dr. Mellow, MacKillop, Dalsimer and Hunt gave overviews of each program. After a sometimes spirited discussion about how the programs are funded, the state officials visited curriculum developer and Pre-College Academic Instructor Viktoriia Dudar’s Bridge to Health classroom, where Rosa, Hunt, Smith and Nolan sat with the students and took part in the class discussion.


    Students Sandra Chevalier, Melissa Derrick, Johnny Webb, Troy Paul, Yaritza Cabrera, Claudia Gastelum, Sabrina Prime, and Ann Marie Hennessy, each of them graduates or current students in the Bridge Program, and high school principals Hope Baxter (Energy and Tech High School), Linda Siegmund (Middle College High School), and Jaclyn Valane (International High School) joined the state officials for lunch.


    The students praised Dudar for her patience and teaching ability and credited the Bridge Program with changing their lives.


    “I went from I’m going to get my GED (General Equivalency Diploma) to I’m going to go to college, I can succeed in college,” said Hennessy. “I tried other GED programs, and there was such a lack of communication. You’re so welcome here. It’s so organized.”

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.




     The Korean Times Article on a Korean Food Vendor Support of LaGuardia

    “May It Give Hope To International Students...” Joo-Ho Kim, President Of Yogi and a Food Vendor, Supported LaGuardia Community College Scholarships 


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    "I also had a difficult time during my overseas studies. Therefore, my operating principle is to provide large portions of delicious food at cheap prices to students, because I know that they don’t have a lot of extra money," said President Joo-Ho Kim.


    Of the four or five food carts located in front of the buildings at LaGuardia Community College (LaGCC) in Queens Long Island City, the line in front of one is exceptionally long. It is the Korean-food food cart “Yogi,” which is operated by President Joo-Ho Kim (43 years old), an ethnic Korean.


    Yogi’s main menu includes bulgogi, jeyukbokkeum and chicken teriyaki. Most of the students to patronize Yogi are LaGuardia students and foreign students. The students who have tried the food always give it a thumb up. President Kim’s food cart is unusually popular, not only because of the delicious taste of his food, but also thanks to his generous mindset which thinks of the students as his younger brothers and sisters.


    Last summer LaGuardia Community College had been challenged to raise $500,000 for student scholarships. President Kim is one of 282 donors who supported the College.


    President Kim, who graduated from college in Korea and then worked in the fashion business before going to study in Italy, laughed as he explained, “I was worried about meals during my difficult life as an international student and so I learned cooking from a neighbor Italian lady,” and “Rather than my following my fashion business studies, I became a gourmet chef instead.”


    President Kim came to New York in 1998 and studied Economics at Hunter College, but he slowly awakened to his hidden cooking skills that no one knew about and finally started this food cart business after graduating. President Kim said, “During my 20s and 30s, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do... But I slowly became aware of what true happiness is when I would see people eating the food which I made, even though it isn’t easy to go shopping for ingredients every day.”


    President Kim explained, “I wasn’t able to support with a lot of money but I hope that what I gave can be a small contribution to the students who are dreaming of the future even in their difficult circumstances.” He revealed that he intends to keep providing scholarship support in the future, too. “ (Journalist Ji-Hoon Cheon)


    View The Korean Times article: http://www.koreatimes.com/article/881299

     BET Reporter Samson Styles SharesSecond Chances With LaGuardia Community College Students

    BET Reporter Samson Styles Shares Second Chances With LaGuardia Community College Students


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    Long Island City, NY— October 21,2014Black Entertainment Television News Reporter and Documentarian Samson Styles brought his inspirational message to LaGuardia Community College, urging students try hard to make the right choices in life.


    “Most of my challenges came from making poor decisions,” Styles said. “Not a lot of people get second changes like I did. Where I come from, a lot of people are lucky to finish high school.”


    More than one hundred students gather in the E-Building atrium to hear Styles.  The LaGuardia Step Team opened the event with a rousing performance. Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Michael Baston and Director of Student Life Kevin Jordan welcomed Styles to campus.


    "Sampson Style's journey reminds all of us that where we start in life does not always dictate where we can go or who we can become,” Baston said. “We are pleased to welcome him to LaGuardia and we encourage all in our community to believe in, and however possible, support second chances. We never know when we ourselves may be the one in need of a second chance."


    “Stories are the windows into your life,” Jordan said. “This gentleman has come to tell his story, and when he tells his story you are invited to think about your own story.”


    Styles’ visit as arranged by Darren Ferguson, Project Coordinator of LaGuardia’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Styles is shooting a segment on Ferguson for his BET program, “Second Chances,” which profiles people who create successful careers after leaving prison.


    Styles’ talk was his story, which explained how he turned his life around after serving eight years in jail.


    Styles’ parents moved the family to the Louis H. Pink Houses in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood when he was eight years old, from Park Slope, Brooklyn.


    He started acting tough to fit in with his new crowd.


    “Some adversity you face is circumstantial, you have no control over,” Styles said. “But some adversity is made worse by poor choices.”


    Styles was nine years old when he started picking pockets with a group of neighborhood teens. “We used to call it getting money,” he said. “My mother would get calls from the local police precinct saying they picked up her son for this and that.”


    A good student, Styles said he “dumbed himself down” to fit in with his new friends. He kept running the streets. At 12 years old he did 18 months in juvenile detention. At 15 he was with a friend who killed someone and spent seven years in the penitentiary.


    “Again, I faced adversity because of my poor decision making,” Styles told LaGuardia students.


    Released in 2014, Styles returned to Brooklyn hoping to get into the recording industry but a friend persuaded him film was a better choice. Styles started shooting underground girl fights in Brownsville. A trailer he made from films of several fights was impressive enough to get him an interview with BET hierarchy, where he started filming segments for one of the network’s newsmagazines.


    Styles told the LaGuardia students that being on television did not insulate him from offers to resume the lifestyle that got him sent to prison.  “But I turned down those opportunities,” he said. “I wanted to do positive things in the community.


    “I’m letting you know that being here, in school, you are on the right path,” Styles said. “You might feel sometimes that you can’t make it, but ask yourself how many adversities you put on yourself.


    “To be here at LaGuardia and be able to inspire and motivate  students, that’s how I motivate myself,” Styles said.


    Last summer LaGuardia's Division of Adult and Continuing Education, working with the city Department of Corrections, completed the first phase of a pilot job training program for women in the Rose M. Singer Center on Riker’s Island.  


    "Having Samson Styles here at LaGuardia was a great opportunity to see what we can do with determination and a made up mind, even after being victimized by our own poor choices,” Ferguson said. “Mr. Styles showed our students, through his personal testimony, that success on a grand scale is possible even after what seems like a life altering error."

     

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     LaGuardia Community College Food Cart Vendors Know Staff and the Students They Serve

    LaGuardia Community College Food Cart Vendors Know Staff and the Students They Serve

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    Long Island City, NY—September 30, 2014—LaGuardia Community College students, faculty and staff love eggs, aren’t as picky eaters as folks in other parts of the city, and love to snack between classes.

     

    This information comes from people who know the food cart vendors along Thomson Avenue, who feed hundreds of LaGuardia community members each school day.

     

    “My business philosophy is always to have a business around schools and students because they eat all the time,” said Elsayed, who has run the Mando Halal Food cart since 2000.

     

    “Students are easy to serve,” said John, who did not want his last name used. John runs the Coffee Bagel Cart near Van Dam Avenue and says he sells close to fifty egg sandwiches a day, making them one of his top selling dishes.

     

    “LaGuardia students are very patient, very, very patient,” said Juho Kim, who has been running the popular Yogi Food Cart by himself since his assistant had a hernia operation. “Kids always have a next class so they have to run. I feel so bad that they have to wait, but it’s only me. I do everything as fast as I can, but they keep waiting, waiting.”

     

    LaGuardia Community College, known as “The World’s Community College,” has one of the most diverse student bodies in New York City, with students from more than 157 countries, speaking over 111 languages.

     

    Yet, they have a lot in common. They share the dream of creating a better future for themselves and their families, and if you ask the vendors—they like to eat.

     

    Mohamad Mohamad’s Habbia Cart specializes in breakfast items “because there is a lot of competition for lunch,” Mohamad said.

     

    Carts offer speed, good food and low prices, Mohamad said, which makes them competitive. But having a business on wheels doesn’t diminish the need to service your customers if you expect them to come back, Mohamad said. 

     

    “We sell things cheap that can fill you up, something nice they can afford,” he said. “Go to a restaurant and they sell you a cup of coffee for $4 or $5 and you stay a half hour.”

     

    “Here the coffee is seventy five cents to one dollar and we talk and have fun,” Mohamad said. “If he has a problem with the cup we give him another one, no problem.”

     

    The men live in Queens and Brooklyn. They all tow their carts on the back of their cars or panel vans each workday from storage yards where they are kept overnight. Some of the yards restock the carts overnight, while some of the owners make their food at home and replenish the carts themselves each morning.

     

    Their stories of how they came to run their businesses are as colorful and intriguing as those of many of their LaGuardia customers.

     

    Elsayed graduated from law school in his native Alexandria, Egypt, but decided law was not for him. “I did it for my father,” he said. “He wanted me to be a lawyer. When I graduated I gave him the certificate.”

     

    Elsayed’s father was a spice merchant, and his son was able to put his knowledge of a variety of condiments to good use in his cart even though he didn’t cook when he moved here in 1986. He worked several jobs, including dishwasher at a Port Jefferson, NY restaurant.

     

    One night the restaurant’s chef stormed out after having words with the owner. Elsayed said he “knew everything about the kitchen” and stepped in to do prep work. He cooked there for ten years.

     

    His food vendor career got off to a rocky start. “The first day, nobody knew me so nobody came,” he said. “I made forty dollars and had to throw away almost eight hundred dollars worth of food because I could not keep it. It was rough. But over time it got better.”

     

    Kim owned a nail salon in Stony Brook when he saw a newspaper advertisement from a man, who happened to be Korean, who wanted to sell his food cart. “I had lived in France with a woman who taught me to cook some things, and I would cook for my wife and daughter,” he said.

     

    Kim sold the salon and bought the cart, one of the more popular food stands on the street with dishes like teriyaki chicken. With his assistant out, that success has meant more work for him. “It’s a lot of work; you have no idea,” he said. “If I knew that before, I might not have done it.”

     

    Mohamed majored in sports therapy in Egypt, but found the additional courses he’d have to take to be certified here too expensive when he immigrated here ten years ago.

     

    He said he worked a variety of jobs, including on a food truck near Columbia University Medical Center. Mohamed learned the business from scratch, and there was a lot to learn.

     

    “You have to learn how to use gas, how not to burn yourself, which food to cook first cause it takes longer,” he said.  “It is not easy stuff, because if the customer is not satisfied they are not going to come back.”

     

     Mohamed rents his cart, which specializes in lunch items like kebabs and sausages, from a man named John, who Mohamed said worked the cart for almost two decades but gave up after enduring the brutal cold last winter.

     

    Business is good, but tighter because competition from other carts “means you can’t raise your prices.”

     

    John, from the Philippines, has been in New York for fifteen years and has run his cart on the same corner outside LaGuardia for ten years. He taught himself to cook, he said, experimenting with recipes at home.  “Though the ten hour days are hard,” John said what he likes most about the work is that “my inventory is low and I don’t have to worry about overhead costs.”

     

    Last summer, when the LaGuardia Community College Foundation was challenged to raise $500K for the students’ scholarships, LaGuardia reached out to local businesses.  Each of the vendors in this story contributed to the LaGuardia Million Dollar Challenge. 

     

    “I was a student too, so I have feelings for them,” said Elsayed.Today he’s a student. Tomorrow we don’t know what he will be. You have to support him. Today you have to give back,” he said. “That is what we did.”

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at LAGCC Receives $5 Million for Education Center

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at LaGuardia Community College Receives $5 Million for Education Center


    Long Island City, NY—August 1, 2014—The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at LaGuardia Community College is about to receive a $5 million boost, courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State of New York.

    The capital money will be used to create the 10,000 Small Businesses Education Center, which will permanently house the program that helps entrepreneurs grow their companies and create jobs.

    “The students at New York City’s public colleges and universities have provided the world with game-changing ideas in fields ranging from healthcare to manufacturing. Through the CUNY 2020 program we are maximizing those ideas to create economic opportunity for New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “The first round of CUNY 2020 projects will help link some of our best and brightest students with positions in high-tech sectors, while leveraging their academic excellence to support economic development and create new opportunities throughout the New York City area. By funding these eight projects we are making an investment in New York’s future, and I am proud to present these awards to the first round of CUNY 2020 recipients.”

    “We’ve seen through our 10,000 Small Businesses program that public-private partnerships can spur job creation, strengthening communities,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. “We are proud that the program has served as a catalyst for Governor Cuomo’s Economic Development Fund’s investment in LaGuardia Community College and know that the Center will become an important resource to small business owners in New York.”

    “This extraordinary partnership between LaGuardia and Goldman Sachs has helped numerous small business owners gain the skills they need to make their businesses flourish and hire new employees,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “This $5 million capital grant from Governor Cuomo will create a permanent home for the program and allow us to strengthen our work with local businesses.”

    The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at LaGuardia provides practical business management education that helps participants develop the skills needed to helm a successful business.

    Participants attend 11 class sessions, receive business support services and one-on-one help from a team of business professionals to create a business plan tailored to their company needs.

    Nearly 450 businesses have participated in the program to date, and the program will continue to serve approximately 100 businesses per year. Approximately 70 percent of graduates report increased revenues in businesses and 50 percent of graduates have created jobs.

    This infusion of public dollars represents the recognition of policy makers that the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an effective driver of economic growth and job creation.

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million national program designed to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with practical business education, access to capital and business support services.

    The $5 million is part of $55 million in grants CUNY and Empire State Development awarded to eight economic development projects involving 20 CUNY campuses. The grants are designed to connect academic institutions with entrepreneurship to stimulate the local economic development.

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is  a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success education underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit  www.laguardia.edu to learn more.




     The David Grainger Foundation presents the LaGuardia Community College Foundation with $5000

    The David Grainger Foundation Presents the LaGuardia Community College Foundation with $5000


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    Long Island City, NY—July 1, 2014—Grainger Industrial Supply officials present LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow with a $5,000 check from the David Grainger Foundation.


    Taking part in the ceremony, from left to right, are Grainger Account Manager Jim Dodson; Dr. Mellow; LaGuardia student and scholarship recipient Enes Malik Akdemir; Grainger Market Manager for Queens William Draghi; Grainger District Manager Tania Godoy; LaGuardia Community College Foundation Board Vice Chairman Suresh Sani; LaGuardia student and scholarship recipient Diriana Tejada; LaGuardia Vice President, Division for Institutional Advancement Susan Lyddon, and LaGuardia Vice President of Administration Shahir Erfan.


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    About the LaGuardia Community College Foundation

    The LaGuardia Community College Foundation ensures that ambitious students have the resources they need to receive a college education and improve their families’ lives. More than 70% of LaGuardia students come from homes where the annual family income is under $25,000. Since 2003, Foundation donors have contributed more than $8 million, which has provided scholarships, textbooks, transportation and tutoring for students in need. To learn more visit  www.laguardia.edu/Supporters-Friends/Home.

     

    About LaGuardia Community College

    A nationally recognized leader among community colleges, LaGuardia Community College was founded in 1971 as the ultimate experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today.  Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs.  Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average.  At LaGuardia, we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger.  Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     

     Vanguard Director at LaGuardia Community College Wins Literacy Recognition Award

    Vanguard Director at LaGuardia Community College Wins Literacy Recognition Award


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    Long Island City, NY—June 20, 2014—Amy Dalsimer, Executive Director of Pre-College Academic Programs at LaGuardia Community College, has won a 2014 Literacy Recognition Award from the Literacy Assistance Center in New York. The annual award honors literacy practitioners for outstanding contributions to students, their program or the New York City literacy community. There were seven winners citywide this year.


    Ms. Dalsimer has been a trailblazer in contextualized and integrated instruction in the New York area for over 20 years. The Bridge to College and Careers Program (Bridge Program), which gears high school equivalency preparation towards careers and college readiness, as well as the Supporting Adults through Vocational EMT Training Program (S.A.V.E. EMT Program), which combines basic skills instruction with technical training, are two examples of innovative programs that she has pioneered and that have been instrumental in helping students achieve their educational and professional goals.


    “LaGuardia is on the cutting edge of developmental instruction for high school equivalency preparation and vocational training, thanks to Amy Dalsimer and her staff,” said Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia. “They are creating groundbreaking methods of effective contextualized instruction that are serving as a model for the rest of the country.”


    The focus on math and literacy skills in the context of vocational training (called the NYBEST model, based on Washington State's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) initiative) has proven successful. In the past four years, approximately 240 students have enrolled in the S.A.V.E. EMT Program, and 85% completed and passed the NY State EMT certification exam. Eighty percent of those were able to find employment with ambulance companies, the FDNY, and hospitals in the metro area. Now more New Yorkers have access to this career pathway, are realizing their career goals, and are serving New York City in providing vital pre-hospital emergency care. 


    The central feature of the Bridge Program is the implementation of contextualized, career-focused curricula. Contextualized instruction is a sector-based approach to developmental instruction that uses authentic materials from one career area to build basic skills. Ms. Dalsimer has led the curriculum development and program design for the Bridge Program since its inception, using the sectors of business, health and science. To date, more that 1,000 students have been served in the program. The GED exam pass rate of the last Bridge Program group that took the test in December 2013 was 67%, compared with New York State’s latest pass rate of 53% in 2012-13.


    Ms. Dalsimer has also been tireless in her efforts to provide training on this kind of instruction for other institutions and literacy professionals nationwide through her creation of and work in the College and Careers Pathways Institute at LaGuardia.


    “It has been my great pleasure and honor to work with adult learners for the last 25 years in their quest to improve their education and career prospects,” said Ms. Dalsimer. “The students’ hard work and the unwavering commitment of my colleagues in the adult education community have been my daily inspiration. I am proud to receive this recognition but consider it a shared honor that belongs to all of these remarkable adult students and their dedicated educators.”                                                                           


    The Bridge Program is funded by Robin Hood Foundation and the S.A.V.E. EMT Program is currently funded by the U.S. Department of Labor through its Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. 


    Find out more about this year’s Literacy Recognition Awards at http://www.lacnyc.org/Awards.

       

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success education underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

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