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  • 1970
    April 29

    Dr. Joseph Shenker, then Acting President of Kingsborough Community College, is named President of Community College Number Nine.

  • 1970
    October 16

    The New York City Board of Higher Education officially names Community College Number Nine Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College, making the College the first and only two-year CUNY institution named after a person, rather than the borough where the campus is located.

  • 1971
    August 2

    LaGuardia's new faculty and staff, 49 strong, participate in a month-long orientation that includes helicopter rides over Queens to acquaint the newcomers with the city's most diverse borough.

  • 1971
    September 22

    First day of classes; LaGuardia's first freshman class consists of 537 students, 312 women and 225 men, of whom 72% are White, 19% are Black, 6% are Puerto Rican, 0.8% are Asian, 0.2% are Native American; 3% describe themselves as "Other" and 44 are foreign-born. The majority of students reside in Western Queens.

     

  • 1971
    Fall

    LaGuardia's first catalog is printed. Nine majors are offered: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business Management, Business Administration, Accounting, Data Processing, offering a Machine Operations Option and a Programming and Systems Option; Secretarial Science offering an Executive Option and a Legal Option; and Education Associate.

  • 1972
    Spring

    First day at an internship for 200 matriculated students placed in over 100 businesses by the Co-Op Department. Participating businesses include Fischer Electronics, Manufacturers Hanover, McGraw-Hill, IBM and the College itself.
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  • 1972
    Fall

    The Division of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) is established.

  • 1972
     

    ACE opens the Veterans Education Center.

  • 1973
    Spring

    Novelist John A. Williams joins the faculty in the Division of Language and Culture as a Distinguished Professor. The appointment is the first in CUNY history to be made at a two-year college.

  • 1973
    September 16

    LaGuardia graduates its first class of Associate degree candidates. Shirley Chisholm, America's first Black Congresswoman is the keynote speaker at the College's first annual commencement exercises held at Queens College's Colden Auditorium.

  • 1973
    Fall

    LaGuardia enrolls 25 students in its new Occupational Therapy major, the first step in the College's plan to develop an Allied Health curriculum.

  • 1974
     

    LaGuardia is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association.

  • 1974
     

    Middle College High School opens its doors. A collaborative effort between LaGuardia and the NYC Board of Education, the alternative high school housed on the College's campus is designed to stem the rising high school dropout rate in New York City schools that CUNY posited led to lower University-wide enrollments. At-risk students improve reading and math skills while preparing for college-level work and taking college credit courses at LaGuardia.

  • 1974
    September 8

    Julian Bond, a civil rights leader and Georgia legislator who would later serve as NAACP president, is the keynote speaker at LaGuardia's second annual commencement exercises held at Queens College's Colden auditorium.

  • 1975
     

    ACE launches the Program for Deaf Adults, the first of its kind at CUNY and in New York.

  • 1975
     

    New York Governor Hugh Carey appoints President Shenker to the NY Task Force on Higher Education; Dr. Shenker is the only community college president invited to join the 24-member group that will help shape future state educational policies.

  • 1975
     

    LaGuardia History Professor Dr. Richard K. Lieberman launches the Community History Project, drawing together members of the community and the College community to share oral histories, artifacts, and photographs of their lived experiences in Queens. The five-year project is funded through a series of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

  • 1976
     

    The U.S. Office of Career Education names LaGuardia the model cooperative education college in the nation.

  • 1976
     

    LaGuardia is the only community college in the country chosen by the federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare to develop a national model for career education through a $208,000 grant award.

  • 1976
    June

    Partial renovations in the M building are completed, making available 88,000 square feet of space for offices and classrooms.

  • 1976
    September

    CUNY ends its free tuition policy; LaGuardia students must pay $650 per year.

  • 1976
    September 12

    Bronx Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, is the keynote speaker at LaGuardia's fourth annual commencement exercises held at Queens College's Colden Auditorium.

  • 1977
     

    The College implements its Integrated Skills Reinforcement (ISR) training program to train faculty to help underprepared college students use language as a tool for advancing their thinking skills across course content.

  • 1977
    Fall

    LaGuardia enrollment tops 6,000, up from 4,540 the previous fall.

  • 1978
     

    College Discovery, a CUNY program designed to aid students who have the potential to succeed in college but lack the educational foundation and economic resources necessary to pursue a degree, is established at LaGuardia.

  • 1978
    Fall

    The College Senate convenes its first session.

  • 1979
     

    ACE establishes Programs for Business, a unit that provides customized training and education for local businesses.

  • 1979
     

    The Early Childhood Learning Center receives its license to provide on-campus daycare to children of faculty, staff and students.

  • 1979
     

    The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives produces The Community History Calendar, its first historically themed annual calendar. Future editions focus on such themes as public higher education in America and the diversity of NYC, featuring an array of photos and information. Today, sponsors of the calendar include CUNY and The New York Times Knowledge Network, among others.

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LaGuardia Community College Then AND Now 1971-2011
Forty Years of Challenging Expectations


Our timeline tells our story, then AND now.

In 2011, LaGuardia Community College celebrates 40 years of opening the doors of higher learning to all. By challenging expectations and daring to do more everyday, LAGCC is at the forefront of momentous shifts in the landscape of higher education in the 21st century. Now, as we did then, we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger.