COLLEGE & CAREER RESOURCES
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National College Transitions Network September, 2017 CCPI is proudly featured in The National College Transition Network’s guide to implementing Integrated Education & Training programs, released in September 2017. This guide provides frameworks to adult educators as they plan or strengthen their own IET programs, and it highlights CCPI’s in-depth “vestibule” process for onboarding students and preparing them for success.
MDRC Policy Brief March, 2017 The Bridge to College and Careers Program at LaGuardia Community College in New York City offers a sector-focused approach, supporting students in their understanding of, application to, and persistence in specific college-level programs in science, health, and business. In its evaluation of the program, MDRC found that participating students were much more likely to pass the HSE exam, enroll in college, and persist into the second semester.
LaGuardia Community College May, 2016
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Kansas Tribune December, 2015
Deseret News July, 2015 Eight years ago, Dalsimer and her colleagues set out to build an HSE program that puts students on career and content tracks as they prepare for the exam.
World Education March, 2015 In their first newsletter "Shout Out," World Ed thanks CCPI for their work. "We are fortunate to enjoy an enduring partnership on multiple projects, such as our current WIOA: What Now webinar series, professional development on designing career focused instruction for Massachusetts and New England practitioners, and an online course that is now under development."
Center for an Urban Future December, 2014 Tom Hilliard calls LaGuardia’s Bridge Programs and NY-BEST models for improving outcomes and urges the City of New York to invest in similar programs despite their greater upfront costs: “Bridge programs, to take the most obvious example, cost more to operate-but if we took into account their remarkable success rate, they would almost certainly appear much less expensive than traditional HSE prep programs."
NYC Office of Workforce Development November 21, 2014 "My administration is committed to building an economy in which every New Yorker can maintain stable employment and earn a family-supporting wage," said Mayor Bill De Blasio. The Career Pathways Plan, designed to improve workforce development in the city, points to the success of LaGuardia's Bridge Programs and calls for a $60 million annual investment in sector-focused bridge models. LaGuardiaís Bridge Program is referenced on page 40 of this report
U.S. Department of Education August 28, 2014 In the Department of Education's “WIOA Webinar: An Overview of Adult Education & Literacy” Johan E. Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Career, Technical, & Adult Education, spotlighted LaGuardia’s Bridge Program as a model program that effectively develops foundational skills in adults and older youth. Two other programs, Washington’s I-BEST and Minnesota’s FastTRAC, were also held up as examples of highly effective education and training programs. Calling the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) a “systemic change opportunity,” Acting Assistant Secretary Uvin encouraged education leaders to take advantage of the support and investments offered by WIOA for innovative and promising models that improve access to effective education and training for a wide range of learners.
June 20, 2014 Amy Dalsimer, the Executive Director of Pre-College Academic Programs and CCPI at LaGuardia Community College, has won a 2014 Literacy Recognition Award from the Literacy Assistance Center in New York City. The annual award honors literacy practitioners for outstanding contributions to students, their program or the New York City literacy community.
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, saying, “This is a brilliant program that helps students not only to get their GED but also gives them a foundation for college and beyond.”
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 steps in college or careers.
Community College Spotlight, published in The Hechinger Report December 13, 2013 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.
The Atlantic December 7, 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.
Chicago Policy Review July 29, 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.
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.
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.
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.
National College Transition Network The NCTN Promising Practice Series presents detailed description of strategies from the field designed to promote the successful transition of adult basic education students to postsecondary education. This piece introduces the innovative, contextualized, career-focused Bridge to College and Careers Program at New York’s LaGuardia Community College.