COLLEGE & CAREER RESOURCES
3110 Thomson Ave., Room C404 Long Island City, NY 11101 (718) 482 5385 CCPI@lagcc.cuny.edu
Amy Dalsimer is the Executive Director of Pre-College Academic Programming and the College and Career Pathways Institute (CCPI) at LaGuardia Community College. Amy manages a variety of campus-based adult literacy, career pathways, workforce development, and postsecondary transition initiatives designed to serve adults and out-of-school youth. An expert in college transition preparation, she developed the innovative Bridge to College and Career Program which has significantly increased students’ academic achievement and enrollment in college. Amy has been at the forefront of designing LaGuardia's highly successful NY-BEST Integrated Training Program, a comprehensive career pathways model which integrates rigorous academic skills development with professional certification training, enabling thousands of low skilled and underemployed adults to advance in a new healthcare career. Amy is enthusiastic about sharing the successful Bridge and NY-BEST approaches with a national audience of adult educators through CCPI's professional development services.
Thomas Dieter is the Director for The College and Career Pathways Institute. He earned his BA from Trinity University and holds an MA in Rhetoric and Writing from Oregon State University. Thomas has been working with adult and post-secondary learners for close to ten years, first as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and, later, as a teacher and teacher trainer for CUNY Start. Thomas served as the Director for the CUNY Start program at LaGuardia Community College prior to stepping into his current role with the CCPI. He has presented at a number of regional and national conferences and is currently leading the Financial Health Early Alert Initiative grant from the MetLife Foundation.
As the professional development specialist at CCPI, Marion is responsible for designing and delivering new and innovative curriculum models that help adults become college and career ready in their chosen field. Marion spent 10 years in the classroom teaching college-level humanities, adult ESL, and contextualized high-school equivalency classes at four-year and community colleges in New York and New Jersey. Her professional experience includes developing educational programs and writing grants for museums, libraries and cultural organizations. Marion earned her master’s in education from William Paterson University and a PhD in musicology from New York University. She is excited about collaborating with the Bridge instructional team here at LaGuardia, and taking CCPI’s evidence-based contextualized learning strategies out on the road to share with community colleges and community-based organizations across the US.
Serge Shea is a professional developer for CCPI at LaGuardia Community College. He holds an MA in Education from Teacher’s College as well as an MFA from NYU. He began his teaching career as an English teacher working with high school and middle school students in 2005 before working with adult students at LaGuardia Community College in 2006. Serge is a founding member of the Bridge Program and also taught in the NY-BEST programs. Serge continues to share his commitment to contextualized literacy through developing curriculum and training other educators throughout the country.
Olivia Mayer is the College Access and Success Program Manager for Pre-College Academic Programming at LaGuardia Community College. She earned a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior and a MSEd in School and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. Olivia’s past experiences include working as a researcher at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a counselor at Upward Bound Math and Science, and a college counselor at both a public school and private organization. She is currently leading two U.S. Department of Education grants, the STEM-Connect initiative and the First in the World: Back on Track project, for LaGuardia’s Adult and Continuing Education Division. Olivia is committed to providing the highest level of support and guidance for students as they transition to the next step in their academic careers.
As the Administrative Services Coordinator for CCPI and Pre-College Academic Programming, Shirley helps with all the behind-the-scenes work. Some of her duties include ordering classroom materials, securing rooms in the college for student use, assisting with the intake process for programs and working alongside the IT department to make sure students and staff have access to everything they need to take advantage of all that LaGuardia has to offer. In short, she's the go-to person in our program with a genuine passion for helping those around her do better in life, whether it is offering assistance with a resume or researching programs that suit specific student needs.