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  •  LaGuardia Community College’s Extended Family Featured in New Photo Exhibit

    LaGuardia Community College’s Extended Family Featured in New Photo Exhibit

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    Long Island City, NY—September 19, 2014—The LaGuardia Community College family has once again turned the camera on itself.

    Over the past two semesters students in LaGuardia’s Commercial Photography program took photographs of their classmates, school faculty, staff and, when possible, their families and friends in an attempt to find the collective face of one of the most diverse colleges in the country.

    The fruit of their collective labor will be on display next month when the photo exhibition, “Faces of LaGuardia; LaGuardia’s Family,” opens Oct. 16 in the LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts.

    LaGuardia’s Director of Photography Scott Sternbach said the exhibit, subtitled “A Look into LaGuardia’s Extended Family Beyond the Classroom,” include 72 entries submitted by more than 40 students, with a few submissions shot by alumni.

    “Most classes in the photography program were given a related assignment to prompt the students to get out and work on the project,” Sternbach said. Entries were also solicited on hallway posters, on the department’s Facebook page and via email.

    Students approached fellow students, faculty and staff members and asked permission to photograph them and their extended families. Some did photographic studies of their families.
     
    LaGuardia students come from 157 countries and speak 111 languages.

    Photographs in the exhibition cover the gamut of subjects, styles and sizes. 

    “Participants used digital and analog cameras,” Sternbach said. “They shot individual portraits, group portraits, journalistic essays and alternative approaches. The results are seventy-two photographic images ranging in size from smaller framed pictures to poster sized to multi-panel installations.”

    A panel of experts chose the exhibit images, which includes a video slide show created by student Bianca Anglero that chronicles how her family reacted to and recovered from her mother’s death.

    Anglero’s film will be played on a continuous loop on a gallery monitor.

    The Faces of LaGuardia is a semi-annual competition run by the Photography Department. Participants compete to have their work included in the exhibit and an accompanying catalogue.

    Opening ceremonies will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 in the LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts on the third floor of B building at 30-20 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City.

     The Faces of LaGuardia exhibit will be open through Dec. 31st.. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.

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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 Community College Offers Green Jobs Training in Spanish

    LaGuardia Community College Offers Green Jobs Training in Spanish


    Long Island City, NY—September 11, 2014—In August LaGuardia Community College launched Carreras Verdes: Green Jobs for Latino NewYorkers, its first ever green construction training program developed exclusively for Spanish speakers. The free, two-week program will bridge the skills gap for workers with construction experience who want to transition to a career in the green construction or building maintenance sector.


    Specifically focusing on unemployed and underemployed Spanish speakers, the program provides classroom and practical training, industry certification exam preparation, job readiness training, and job placement assistance to the local Spanish-speaking population interested in entering this high-demand field.


    Courses include Fundamentalsof Building Green and Operations& Maintenance Essentials. Practical training, facilitated by Association for Energy Affordability (AEA), covers building performance metrics, water and lighting efficiency, and heating and cooling improvements. At the end of the program, participants will be prepared to take a certifying exam. The certificate verifies holders’ knowledge of green building and makes them more competitive in the field.


    Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Carreras Verdes is based on the curriculum from GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training, a comprehensive national training and certificate program developed by Urban Green Council, the U.S. Green Building Council’s New York Chapter.


    Job placement assistance and career counseling will help connect graduates with positions in green building maintenance. LaGuardia has an excellent track record of helping its workforce training participants secure jobs in the green sector. In the past three years, the college has assisted 327 individuals in obtaining employment in the field.


    Carreras Verdes is now accepting applications. Classes begin on August 18, and potential participants must attend a mandatory information session on one of the following days: July 29, July 31, August 5, or August 7. Register for the July 29 session at: http://tinyurl.com/mjg3ffg or for July 31 session at http://tinyurl.com/pgqktk2.


    To qualify, applicants must be:


    18 years or older


    Unemployed or underemployed


    Proficient in and comfortable with the Spanish language


    Legally eligible to work in the U.S.


    Able to show proof of a high school or equivalency diploma.



    For more information or to register for an information session, please contact Louisa Johnsson Zea at louisa@nydesigns.org.


     

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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.

     LaGuardiaCommunity College Offers Bookkeeping Program for EnglishLanguage Learners

    LaGuardiaCommunity College Offers Bookkeeping Program for English Language Learners

     

    Long Island City, NY—September 11, 2014—LaGuardia Community College is offering a training program that helps non-native English speakers who have accounting experience in their home country translate this skill into an entry-level bookkeeping job in the U.S. 

     

    This unique program integrates accounting and QuickBooks software instruction with English and job skills enhancement. The free “Skills to Bookkeeping Program” is funded through a grant from Accenture.

     

    The language classes focus on accounting and bookkeeping concepts that allow students to make a practical connection between the academics of learning English and hands-on training. The course also includes resume writing tips, job search skills development and job placement assistance.

     

    The course will be held from late September through mid-December. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

     

    Qualified participants must speak English at an intermediate level, be of low income and be legally able work in the U.S.

     

    To pre-apply to the program, visit www.lagcc.cuny.edu/ace/eslaccounting/ and complete the online application form.

     

     For more information contact (718) 482-5330 or cce@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.

     

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     LaGuardia Community College Hosts Industry Insider Event to Explore Careers in Healthcare

    LaGuardia Community College Hosts Industry Insider Event to Explore Careers in Healthcare

     

    Long Island City, NY—September 11, 2014—LaGuardia Community College hosted an information session on career paths in healthcare. Experts were on hand to discuss  the education and training involved in various health related fields including:

     

    Medical Administrative Assistant

    Medical Billing Specialist

    Pharmacy Technician

    Healthcare Interpreter

    Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

    Phlebotomist

    Community Healthcare Worker

    Certified Nurse Aide

    Central Service Technician

    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

    Paramedic

       

    The free event, organized by the college’s Division of Adult and Continuing Education, was held  Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Poolside Café in LaGuardia’s E-Building, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101. For more information contact (718) 482-5481 or

    aceprofessional@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.

     Nine LaGuardia Students Took Top Prize in the Capital One Entrepreneurship Program

    Nine LaGuardia Students Took Top Prize in the Capital One Entrepreneurship Program


    Long Island City, NY—September 11, 2014—One plans to bring healthy food to the Bronx. Another thinks Brooklyn can use more spices, while a third wants to help toddlers learn a second language.

     

    Whatever their career plans, the spring 2014 Capital One Entrepreneurship Program gave nine aspiring business owners invaluable training to help get their businesses off the ground. On June 27th, they had the unique opportunity to compete for seed capital at the culminating business pitch event.

     

    Now in its sixth year, the Capital One Entrepreneurship Program is a business management program created by Capital One Bank’s Community Development Banking division in partnership with LaGuardia Community College and its business incubator program, NYDesigns.

     

    “As a local bank, we are committed to investing in the Queens community," said Nicole Moorer, Senior Vice President at Capital One Bank. “By fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs, we are giving students firsthand business experience that will help grow the future Queens economy and strengthen the community.”

     

    During the twelve-week program, participants attend entrepreneurial workshops where they learn critical business skills needed to get their businesses started, including how to write a business plan and develop realistic financial projections.

     

    The aspiring entrepreneurs have access to a wide variety of resources from Capital One Bank mentors, resident businesses at NYDesigns, and an experienced business advisor, all of whom ensure the participants stay on track and develop strong business plans.

     

    At the end of the program, the young entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts—from marketing strategy to financial forecasting—in eight minutes or less to a panel of judges and compete for up to $1,000 in seed capital.

     

    A total of 75 student entrepreneurs have participated in the program since its 2008 start. Previous participants have gone on to launch their business ideas into fully functioning businesses, from a line of handmade leather bags to a luxury women’s footwear website to a photography studio with a storefront in Brooklyn.

     

    This year’s competition winner, Yazzmen Lloyd, claimed the top prize of $1,000, giving her the opportunity to start her company, the Green Bar, and bring healthy, cold-pressed, organic fruit juices and frozen treats to the Bronx.

     

    A recent LaGuardia Community College graduate and Bronx resident, Yazzmen plans to start a community group, Building Up the Bronx (BUB), in the fall while pursuing Business Administration and Health and Sciences degrees from Lehman College and continuing to grow the Green Bar. “I have learned more at this business program than I have in all of my years at LaGuardia” Yazzmen said.

     

    Other winners included:

     

    Janelle Clarke-Thompson, a Brooklyn resident currently enrolled in LaGuardia’s Dietetic Technician program, will use her $750 award to launch her “Saucy N’ Spicy by Chefffy” brand of salad dressing, sauces, and spice blends.  Janelle is the chef at St. Luke’s Halfway House and owns a catering company, Priceless Treasures Events.

     

    Hjordy’s Perez Matos is an exemplary LaGuardia student – President’s Society Ambassador, Honor Student, and Phi Theta Kappa member – and now a passionate entrepreneur. An award-winning actress and Spanish instructor, Hjordy’s received a $750 prize for Language Buds, a Spanish language curriculum to be offered as an “e-book” for children ages two to seven.

     

    Ricardo Acuna, a former U.S. Marine twice deployed to Afghanistan and now a LaGuardia student majoring in accounting, is a member of the Dean’s Honor List and the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. His business, Book-net.org, which helps students buy and sell textbooks, won Acuna a $500 prize.

     

    First-year student Simone Fells has been baking and making treats for year. She won $500 for her home-based bakery, DelightsByMo, and will now be able to bring her healthy cupcakes and desserts to more customers. After graduating from LaGuardia, Simone plans to major in entrepreneurship and minor in early childhood education at a four-year school.

     

    Jasmine Washington’s company, Jasmine Janay Event Planning, will provide unique, fun events at affordable prices, and she has already landed her first contract. Now at St. John’s University after graduating from LaGuardia, Washington was a $500 winner.

     

    Tiffany T. Hill, owner of Tiffantasy, already sells her jewelry line to urban, hip young women and girls through eBay and Etsy. Tiffany, a fine arts major at LaGuardia and a $500 winner, plans to further develop her jewelry line and then launch a clothing line.

     

    LaGuardia graduate Lois Pine’s company, L.D.P. Helpful Hands, provides personal assistants to perform a variety of tasks, including dog walking, shopping, and home cooking. Pine was a $500 winner.

     

    Dingjie “Jay” Zhuo studied commercial photography and now specializes in photographing weddings in New York’s Chinese community. He will use his $500 prize to expand his business, Jay Zhuo Photography.

     

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    About NYDesigns

    NYDesigns, a program of LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York, catalyzes growth for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the design, fabrication, technology and maker spaces. We pursue this mission by distributing our work across three fundamental concentrations: business incubation, workforce development and advocacy. Our initiatives include the NYDesigns incubator, a residency program for early-stage companies that gives preference to companies with significant prototyping or manufacturing needs; workforce programs that provide skills-based training for New Yorkers seeking to join emerging employment sectors; and research and discourse aimed at broadening participation and representation in design and affiliated industries. We are proudly located in Long Island City, Queens. For more information, visit www.nydesigns.org.


    About Capital One

    Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities - good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families—benefits us all and we are proud to support this and other community initiatives. 

     

    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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     LAGCC Launches Beyond Sacred Showcasing Muslim Culture Identity in Post 9.11 New York City

    LaGuardia Community College Launches "Beyond Sacred" Showcasing Muslim Culture, Identity in Post-9/11 New York City


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    Long Island City, NY—Sept.9, 2014
    —LaGuardia Community College will hold the first public forum of its ambitious “Beyond Sacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity,” series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Local Project Art Space, 11-27 44th Road, Long Island City, Queens. Admission is free.

    Beyond Sacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity is a year long series of dance, live theater, art exhibitions and public forums created to expand awareness and understanding of Muslim culture in post 9/11 New York City.


    The program will bring more than 50 performances and community discussions to the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) on the LaGuardia campus for the entire 2014-2015 season, as well as to performance and public spaces throughout New York City.

    “These troubled times demand exactly this type of program,” said LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow. “Through the arts and dialogue we hope to shatter misconceptions and build deep and long-lasting understanding and connections within our city.”

    LPAC Managing Director Steven Hitt describes “Beyond Sacred” as “an exploration of Muslim identity through the lens of music, theatre, and dance that will open a dialogue among Muslim and non-Muslim communities, and will challenge the assumptions of group identity.”

    The interdisciplinary events are designed to create a cohesive cultural program that illuminates life experiences of self-identified Muslims in today’s New York City. 

    Queens Borough President Melinda Katz commended Dr. Mellow and LaGuardia on launching “Beyond Sacred”: “As President of the World’s Borough, I am proud to represent such a diverse Muslim community,” Katz said. “I am confident that “Beyond Sacred” will inspire us all to learn more about each other’s life experiences.”

    “Promoting a greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities is vitally important to our city,” said District 25 City Councilman Daniel Dromm, who appointed Shazia Kausar as his representative on the Beyond Sacred Advisory Committee. Ms. Kausar started the nonprofit Suhki in Jackson Heights to help maintain and create programing for Diversity Pedestrian Plaza. Dromm called Ms. Kausar “a unifying force in our neighborhood bringing groups from every community to the plaza.”

    "This project will result in a greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in NYC, so I encourage everyone to experience it firsthand,” said District 20 City Councilman Peter Koo, who represents the diverse Flushing, Queens neighborhood. “In an increasingly globalized society, it is important for people to learn as much as they can about the many different cultures on our planet. Anytime we can develop a better understanding of one another, barriers are removed, misperceptions are clarified, and the values that connect us as human beings move to the forefront." 

    President Katz appointed Susie Tanenbaum, Queens Director of Immigrant & Intercultural Affairs, to the “Beyond Sacred” Advisory Committee.

    According to Pew Research, there are approximately 200,000 Muslim New Yorkers, and approximately 2.8 million Muslim Americans.


    “Beyond Sacred” is made possible by a Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement program grant from The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

    Building Bridges supports U.S. presenters who create interdisciplinary cross-campus and community collaborations that expand awareness, knowledge and understanding of Islamic societies. Read more. 

    Additionally, LPAC has received funding through the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. 

    LaGuardia is one of six colleges nationally, and the only community college, to receive the highly competitive grants in 2014. Other grantees include Georgetown University and Wesleyan University.

    “Beyond Sacred” is organized around five themes: Beyond Sacred, Gender Sacred, Identity Sacred, Performing Sacred, and Beyond - Beyond Sacred. Each theme will be explored in theater, music, dance, visual arts, and in community forums and panel discussions held to complement the theatrical presentations.

    LaGuardia Community College students will also have the opportunity to participate in a Learning Community that examines the “Beyond Sacred” themes in a series of classes. Participating students will attend writing, philosophy and theatre classes together, as well as “Beyond Sacred” discussion panels.

    “Beyond Sacred” programming will include several groundbreaking original theatrical pieces and live performances.

    Ping Chong + Company (PCC), an internationally recognized troupe known for giving theatrical voice to marginalized communities, will present four performances culled from interviews LaGuardia and PCC members conduct with LaGuardia college students and members of the community.

    Hitt said PCC will combine the interviews “with historical events in a chronological narrative touching both political and personal experiences.”

    “Beyond Sacred” programming will neither encourage nor disparage the Islamic faith. Rather the programming is rooted in education and it is meant to expand awareness, knowledge and understanding of Muslim societies.

    The “Beyond Sacred” launch previewed some of the season’s performances featuring musicians Sami Abu Shamays and Rami El-Aasser, and works choreographed by Hala Shah and Indah M. Walsh.

    Other Beyond Sacred highlights include:


    On campus residency workshops by The Theatre of the Oppressed culminating in theatrical performances.


    “The Face of Islam” student photography exhibit.


    The Leap of Faith Dance Festival.


    Original production by the Built for Collapse Theater Company.


    A student production of the award winning play, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.”


    The Berber Film Festival presented by the Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity.


    For further details and a schedule of events, see the LPAC website, http://laguardia.edu/lpac.  

     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.

     Met’s Legend Mookie Wilson Speaks at LaGuardia Community College
    Met’s Legend Mookie Wilson Speaks at LaGuardia Community College

    Mookie Wilson-press2

    Long Island City, NY—May 23, 2014— New York Met great Mookie Wilson proved as exciting a speaker as he was a baseball player Thursday during an afternoon appearance at LaGuardia Community College.

    The former Met right fielder and coach discussed growing up in the segregated South, the drastic reduction in the number of African-Americans playing professional baseball, and the need to exploit opportunities as they come your way during his keynote address to students, faculty and staff at the LaGuardia African Heritage 2014’s Sports and Race in America program, held in LaGuardia’s Little Theater.


    The program focused on how sports have played a historical role and continue to help break down barriers relating to inclusion, showing respect for people and their differences, promoting fairness and equity, and highlighting individual talents, experiences, and capabilities. The program also celebrated LaGuardia’s inaugural season in the NJCAA, honoring its LaGuardia Red Hawks men and women basketball teams, and its cheerleaders and step team.


    “Sports have taught me that you have to prove everyday that you are more than just a number,” Wilson said. “You have to prove you’re more than a follower, you’re a leader.”

    Wilson warned students against complacency.  “You still have to work, you still have to establish yourself, you still have to prove that you deserve the opportunity that you were given and show you are going to take advantage of it.”

    Wilson’s day at LaGuardia included a videotaped interview for the College’s archives, a meeting with the College’s President, Dr. Gail O. Mellow, an autograph session for students, faculty and staff, and a VIP luncheon for all.

    Dr. Mellow introduced Wilson to the assembly, saying, “he’s someone who understand the power of sports beyond the glitz and glamor.” While his athletic ability got him into college and allowed him to play baseball” at the highest level in the greatest city in the world,” Wilson said his success was not without obstacles.

    “The mistake that most of us make today is in thinking that if I’m a professional athlete, everything is going to go right,” he said. It’s going to help me get the American Dream, which is financial independence.”

    “But the American dream is about being happy with who you are,” Wilson said. “People say money can buy you friends. No. Money can buy you associates, and a posse.“


    Wilson said as the first black player on the University of South Carolina baseball team he was the target of racist taunts from opposing fans. But he said he never allowed himself to get upset because he knew he represented his school, his family and his race.


    Asked by LaGuardia Assistant Professor Habiba Boumlik in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition why the number of African-American players in major league baseball has dropped to eight percent today from twenty-eight percent in 1975, Wilson blamed budget cuts that have forced cities around the country to cut back or eliminate free or low cost baseball leagues for grade school kids.  “A lot of parents can’t afford these travel leagues,” he said. 

    Wilson said life after baseball has been busy. He is studying to be a minister at a church near his Columbia, SC home, but ventures to New York often where he works as a goodwill ambassador for his beloved Mets.

    Brian Goldstein, LaGuardia’s Director of the Department of Athletics and Recreation, presented Wilson with several gifts including a Red Hawks basketball jersey with his name on it.

    Wilson and coauthor Erik Sherman signed dozens of copies of his book, “Mookie; Life, Baseball & The ’86 Mets” for students, faculty and staff before heading to the College’s Poolside Café to dine on an African themed lunch that included West African Chicken Stew and Bobotie, a traditional African style meatloaf, as the Daniel Mixon Trio serenaded the packed room. Glancing around the room, Wilson said “If I ever teach, this is the kind of school I want to teach at.”

    For photographs of the event, please see our Flickr gallery.

    And the event page: African Heritage 2014




     

     LaGuardia Receives Commendation from the Consul General of Japan on May 22

    LaGuardia Community College Receives Commendation from the Consul General of Japan for Its Warm Ties with the Country and its Culture on May 22  

    Consul Japan General

    Long Island City, NY—May 29, 2014— Ambassador Sumio Kusaka the Consul General of Japan, in New York on May 22, presented a commendation to LaGuardia Community College for establishing strong ties with his country and for building a rich Japanese studies program that is exposing its students to the country’s language and culture. 


    The commendation was presented at a formal ceremony held at the consul general’s residence where faculty, staff, students, supporters of the College, and members of the consulate gathered to celebrate the honor bestowed upon LaGuardia.


    “LaGuardia, under the strong initiative taken by its president, Dr. Gail Mellow, and with the full support of the Consulate General of Japan in New York, has significantly contributed to the promotion of friendship between Japan and the U.S., as well as to the institutional enhancement of its Japanese programs, through the execution of a wide range of events and endeavors,” said Ambassador Kusaka, presenting the award along with a traditional gift to LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow.


    After giving her thanks on behalf of the College in Japanese, Dr. Mellow noted, “Our Japanese language program has100 students and it continues to grow. We’re so fortunate to have such a rich program that has been enhanced by so many wonderful events blooming with the beauty and knowledge inherent in Japanese culture.”


    Over the past several years, LaGuardia has developed a strong, and every expanding, Japanese academic and cultural program that is providing its students with a broad understanding of this fascinating Asian country.  


    “LaGuardia is known for being innovative, that’s why their modern language program is unique among community college, which typically do not have a language requirement,” said Queens Council Member Peter Koo, owner of Starside Drugs, a chain of local pharmacies in Flushing and a longtime supporter of the College, in his congratulatory remarks.


    In the academic arena, LaGuardia’s Japanese language program offers basic, intermediate and near-native level language courses that enroll 100 students each semester.  The Japan Foundation has helped the College to maintain and expand its Japanese language and culture course with a $38,441 grant.  And due to the growing popularity of the language courses, LaGuardia has established a Japanese studies major that received official approval from the State in February 2014.   


    On the cultural front, LaGuardia has hosted a panoply of special events.  Soh Daiko, the first established taiko drumming group on the East Coast, gave a performance that combined explosion percussion with dynamic choreography.  Mr. Hiroki Ohara, one of the youngest Japanese grandmasters in ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, demonstrated this exquisite art form.  The ancient form of Japanese storytelling, rakugo, was performed by Mr. Katsura Sunshine.  Also hosted were workshops by Mr. Shu Kubo, a paper-cut artist, who visited New York on one of his government-funded tours; and Mr. Shuhei Hasado, one of Japan’s finest plaster craftsman, who was appointed as a Japan cultural envoy by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.    


    To further enrich the students’ understanding of its culture, the Japanese government last summer invited nine LaGuardia students to take part in an all-expense paid, 10-day study tour of Japan.  During the whirlwind tour, known as Kakehashi Bridge to Japan, the LaGuardia and 37 students from other CUNY colleges were immersed in the Japanese culture, sampling the country’s fine cuisine, visiting ancient temples and modern structures and learning about its art and traditional and pop culture.  


    The students who participated in the tour and those involved in the Japanese program got a rare treat when Madame Akie Abe, wife of the Prime Minister of Japan, paid a special visit to the College last September.  There she observed a Japanese language class and spoke with the students who participated in Kakehashi.


    When the devastating tsunami and earthquake shook Japan in 2011, the Japan club organized a three-day fundraiser and hosted a charity art exhibition to help in the relief efforts.  The following year, as a symbol of their friendship, the Japanese Consulate General presented the college with a gift of two cherry trees during the 100thanniversary celebration of the planting of Japan’s cherry blossom trees in New York. 


     “LaGuardia embodies the global community,” said LaGuardia Community College Board member Marilyn Skony Stamm, CEO of Stamm International, as guests raised champagne flutes in a celebratory toast.” It is an inspiring place where students can achieve their lifelong dreams. The College is committed to creating world citizens. Kam pai.”


    Guests enjoyed the finest sushi and other Japanese delicacies as they mingled in the palatial residence.


    View photos from the ceremony on Campus Snapshots, LaGuardia’s Flickr photostream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laguardiaccollege/sets/72157644814055555/


    View more photos from the ceremony, courtesy of the Consul General:

    http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/html/index.html

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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 Holds Town Hall as Three-Year Renovation of the C-Building Begins

    LaGuardia Community College HoldsTown Hall as

    Three-Year Renovation of the College’s C-Building Begins

    C Building Town Hall

    Long Island City, NY, May 27, 2014—Faculty, staff and students gathered on Monday, May 16 in LaGuardia Community College’s C-building at a town hall meeting to learn more about what to expect during the renovation of the C-building that is set to commence in June. The renovation of the 100-year-old C-building will include a façade renovation, lobby upgrade and redevelopment of the rear south side that is estimated to be completed in 2017.


    “This process will be hard, but we are fortunate to have experts who have working with us who not only have experience performing similar work but also have successfully completed similar projects for other CUNY colleges. We are in good hands,” said LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow to the attendees.


    Members of the College community learned more about what to expect during the construction process as representatives from CUNY, Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, TDX Construction Management, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), and key College personnel gave a presentation on the three-year long project followed by Q&A.


    Visit Campus Snapshots to view photos from the town hall: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laguardiaccollege/sets/72157644801913572/


    “Through a terra cotta curtain wall designed to increase the building’s durability and improve its energy usage and waterproofing ability, Mitchell | Giurgola Architects will transform the 20th century neoclassical elegance of the C-building’s façade into a vibrant, polished 21stcentury academic facility while maintaining the historical significance of the original design,” said Shahir Erfan, LaGuardia Community College Vice President for Administration, the division in charge of the project.


    The renovation will ease pedestrian traffic in the lobby; create a single, ADA access entry on Thomson Avenue; improve energy efficiency throughout the building by 11%; and add such external upgrades as a permeable paver strip in the new sidewalks that will reduce storm water runoff, as well the addition of 28 new trees.


    Funding for the project was secured through state and local disbursements as well as through CUNY support.


    Since faculty, staff and students will continue to occupy the building during construction, noise and disruptions to life in the C-building will be minimized, as most work will take place at night. Other changes to the flow of daily activities in and around the building include closure of certain building areas and rerouting of pedestrian traffic. 


    The IDCNY sign on the building’s roof will be replaced with LaGuardia Community College signage, tying the building to the rest of the College along Thomson Avenue. A 64% improvement in building envelope energy performance is projected, thanks to added insulation, and high performance windows that reduce solar heat gain with sunshades and fritted glass.


    A grassy area will replace a storage facility on the south side of the building that will be demolished, providing a courtyard space with trees for the College community to enjoy.


    “What about students who take evening classes, and during exams? How will this affect us?” asked Claudia Storian, Liberal Arts major asked during the Q&A.


    “Night work will commence at 10 p.m. when all evening classes are over,” said Vice President Erfan, “and faculty, staff and students can call our 24 hour hotline number listed on the C-building renovation section of the College’s website if work is disrupting their classes. There will be no noise disruption during exams periods.”


    In addition, night lighting concepts will bring brighter, safer streets to the vicinity of the building.


    LaGuardia is committed to keeping the College community informed and safe for the duration of this project. Regular updates on timing, scheduling and impact of the construction process on the College’s website, as well as through emails and signage in each campus building.


    Visit www.laguardia.edu/crenovation to learn more.

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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.

     LAGCC Professor Exhibits at Reiss Studios
     LaGuardia Community College Professor Exhibits at Reiss Studios


    Long Island City, NY—May 19, 2014—LaGuardia Community College Professor Bruce Brooks' most recent work is on exhibit at Reiss Studios in Long Island City. But you have to hurry to see it - the show closes Friday.

    Brooks, LaGuardia's Program Director of Art and Photography and an instructor here for over forty years, said the thirty six pieces, most of them wall or painted constructions, were created over the last two years. Most are formal abstractions with a focus on color and composition and show an eclectic array of influences, from religion to Eastern, Western, and Middle Eastern art.

    "I also have a fascination with trains," said Brooks, "So you will see locomotives in some of the works." Brooks' eclecticism is reflected in the range of materials used in his compositions; wood, canvas, metal, plastic, acrylic, epoxy, oil and enamel are all employed in the show. 

    The exhibit also demonstrates Brooks' belief that painting, drawing and sculpture are one in the same.  
    "I always tell my students that painting is sculpturing," Brooks said. "The paint is a physical substance and has physical properties." 

    It is the artist's job to manipulate the physical properties of the raw material to create art, he said. Inspired to teach by a pair of particularly dedicated art teachers he had as a student, Brooks encourages his students to be free thinkers. "The most important thing is to think on your own," he said. "Artists are good at that."

    He's particularly proud that many of his LaGuardia students have gone on to four year colleges, some even to earn Masters of Fine Arts degrees.

    Brooks has mounted shows at the OK Harris gallery in Soho, as well as the Lawrence Oliver, Pam Adler, Frank Marino and OK Harris West galleries.

    He has exhibited at the Queens Museum, and has pieces in many public and private collections. "Art is a mirror of life," Brooks said. "It's an experience and it carries that with it. In terms of becoming a person, there really isn't anything more important than art."

    The exhibition is open from Noon to 5 p.m. at Reiss Studios, 43-01 22nd St. in Long Island City.
    The closing reception is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 23.

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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 Celebrated its 8th Annual Earth Day With Green Festivities

    LaGuardia Community College Celebrated its 8th Annual

    Earth Day with “Green” Festivities 

    Green Week Fun Run 2014

    Long Island City, NY—May 6, 2014—Eight years and counting, LaGuardia Community College’s “green” efforts continue to grow at our annual Earth Day celebration.  The Sustainability Council and its supporters hosted a three-day event that centered on this years theme, “Engineering Sustainable Solutions.”

     

    This year’s kick-off event engaged employees in a 5K fun run/walk for the environment.  Employees met at the Van Dam street entrance of LaGuardia’s E-building on Tuesday, April 29 and then made their way to Long Island City Park enjoying scenic views.  Green LaGuardia headbands were given to participants of the run/walk for their efforts in caring for the environment.

     

    The 8th annual Earth Day celebration took place in the College’s E-Atrium on Wednesday, April 30.  The tabling event featured academic and administrative departments, including LaGuardia’s Departments of Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science and the Natural Sciences.  The Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science department displayed LaGuardia’s first ever Earth Systems Science and Environmental Engineering (ESE) major which is set to begin next fall. 

     

    “If students are in the Environmental Engineering program they can use their knowledge to improve air quality and water.  They can work for the community to improve these conditions,” said Dr. Zahidur Rahman, assistant professor of the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Department.

     

    The Sustainability Council set-up an eco footprint calculating exercise where students entered a raffle to win: an i-Pad, t-shirts and folders with this year’s logo designed by LaGuardia alumnus Fulmer Duckworth, aluminum water bottles, cell phone plugs and more.  The W. Rogowski Farm, LLC from Pine Island, New York provided fresh produce for students, faculty and staff.  Tables displayed organic cleaning products, vitamins and eco shoulder bags.   

     

    “We give students the opportunity to take an eco footprint quiz that asks the student what kind of lifestyle do they have, how much water do they consume, do they recycle and do they drive or bike.  At the end it tells the student how many planets they need to live their daily lives.  We want them to be conscious about what they do in their daily life,” said Anthony Lugo, director of Campus Auxiliary Services & Sustainability.

     

    On May 1, Lee Boyar, professor at LaGuardia’s Business and Technology Department, presented his teachings on sustainability in business called: “People, Profits and Planet: The Triple Bottom Line.”   Following the presentation the Japanese Club co-sponsored a screening of the 1971 classic “Godzilla vs. Hedorah (the Smog Monster)” with Green Week’s first ever Artists’ Café, where students, faculty and staff shared their artwork on the Freedom Wall installation.

     

    On May 2, Metro Shine was on-site providing eco friendly hand car wash services to the College community.

     

    “All of these great activities and more would not have been possible without the help of dozens of individuals, departments and a very supportive Administration.  The Sustainability Council at LaGuardia would especially like to thank the College Association for generously sponsoring Green Week 2014 events,” said Judi O’Toole, chemical hygiene officer in the Natural Sciences Department.

     

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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 is Hosting the 2014 Asian Heritage Celebration on May 7

    LaGuardia Community College is Hosting an Asian Heritage

    Celebration 2014 on May 7

    Free and Open to the Public

     

    Long Island City, NY—May 2, 2014—To celebrate the wide range of Asian cultures that make up its student population, LaGuardia Community College on May 7 is hosting a festival featuring talented performers.  The events are free and open to the public.

     

    The event will be held from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the College’s Cobblestone Courtyard at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City.  For more information, please call (718) 482-5180 or visit http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/ahc/.

     

    Culinary delights from different regions of the world will be served, and faculty and students will model traditional clothing from Asian countries.            

     

    LaGuardia, which has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, serves students from more than 46 Asian countries and areas including China, South Korea, Japan, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, and Pakistan.  Asians comprise 21% of the College’s student population and represent the fastest growing ethnic group at LaGuardia.

     

    Performing will be a professional acrobat and a modern dance troupe.  Also, there will be a student showcase featuring performances by LaGuardia students from the Bangladesh Student Association, the Chinese Club, the Filipino Club and the Japanese Club.

                                                   

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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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