Vanguard Director at LaGuardia Community College Wins Literacy Recognition Award

Press Release

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.

NYC Councilman Daniel Dromm Speaks at LaGuardia Community College GED Graduation Ceremony

Press Release

May 30, 2014

Sixty-two graduates of LaGuardia Community College’s Bridge to College and Careers Program celebrated the achievement of earning their high school equivalency at a graduation ceremony on May 30. The group’s exam pass rate was 67%, compared with New York State’s latest pass rate of 53% in 2012-13. New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm (District 25), Chair for the Committee on Education, gave the keynote address. “This is a brilliant program that helps students not only to get their GED but also gives them a foundation for college and beyond.” 

How To Successfully Link G.E.D Tests And Jobs

National Public Radio (NPR)

January 1, 2014

LaGuardia Community College in New York City goes beyond standardized high school equivalency test prep to help students prepare for new careers and college. LaGuardia’s President Gail Mellow explains the success of the innovative Bridge to College and Careers Program that helps out-of-school youth and adults pass the high school equivalency exam and transition successfully to next step. 

Adding Job Prep Creates a ‘GED machine

Community College Spotlight, published in The Hechinger Report

Almost 40% of urban students don’t finish high school. The Bridge to College and Careers Program at LaGuardia Community College, in New York City, offers academically rigorous classes for the state’s high school equivalency exam that are linked to high-growth career sectors.


'We Cannot Forget People Who Did Not Graduate From High School'

The Atlantic

December, 2013

LaGuardia’s Bridge to College and Career Program classes aren't just high school equivalency test prep — they are professional-development classes. There is a course for would-be healthcare workers, another for business students, and yet another for anyone interested in science. 

Enhancing GED Instruction to Prepare Students for College and Careers

New America Foundation

July 29, 2013

Although employment and economic outcomes for individuals with only a high school diploma are poor, the outcomes for those with only a high school equivalency diploma are worse. Such poor results have led some to redesign their high school equivalency programs in hopes of better outcomes.  LaGuardia Community College is among the leaders in the field, with promising results with its Bridge to College and Careers Program.

Enhancing GED Instruction to Prepare Students for College and Careers: Early Success In LaGuardia Community College’s Bridge To Health And Business Program

MDRC Policy Brief

May, 2013


LaGuardia’s Bridge to College and Careers Program represents an innovative approach to high school equivalency instruction, as it aims to better prepare students not only to pass the exam, but also to continue on to college and training programs.  Key findings in this brief indicate that Bridge to College and Careers students are  much more likely to complete the course, twice as likely to pass the high school equivalency exam, and three times more likely to go to college.  

As a Path to a Degree, the GED Is Rerouted With Students' Needs in Mind

Chronicle of Higher Education

March 6, 2011

LaGuardia Community College, part of the City University of New York, along with some public-school districts and family-literacy programs, is overhauling its high school equivalency curricula and support services.  The Bridge to College and Careers Program uses a contextualized, career-focused approach to prepare students for college and career pathways beyond the exam.


Promising Practices:  GED Bridge to College Careers Program

National College Transition Network

The NCTN Promising Practice Series presents detailed descriptions of strategies from the field designed to promote the successful transition of adult basic education students to postsecondary education.  This description describes the innovative, contextualized, career-focused Bridge to College and Careers Program at New York’s LaGuardia Community College. 

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