At LaGuardia Community College, we believe that a better world starts by asking "What if?" Since 1971, we’ve asked ”What if we opened the doors of higher education to create opportunities for all?” With the courage to challenge expectations and outdated ideas that only certain people should earn a college degree, we’ve attracted the brightest minds to teach the most underserved. Our drive to experiment motivates us to create more jobs in fields that need more people, and our steadfast commitment to change helps not only individual students, but also our society as a whole to evolve and prosper. LaGuardia is a nationally recognized expert at pioneering innovative programs and initiatives that are rebuilding the middle class. Our faculty and staff dare to do more every day – so that students can write their own futures, immigrants can achieve their dreams, and small businesses learn how to grow and thrive. We give our students, who come from over 150 countries to study together, the tools and inspiration to better understand their opportunities so they can re-imagine their futures. Award-winning faculty –over half our faculty are PhD holders, that’s more than twice that of community college faculty nationwide- fosters a culture of critical thinking so that students can explore and experiment.Scholarships created by the LaGuardia Community College Foundation help students stay in school so they can complete their degrees, while mentoring programs offer them opportunities to develop real world communication and social skills, building their confidence to achieve their dreams.Participating in our Honors Program and the national honor society allows students to grow as citizens as well as learners. Taking part in community-service activities, both on- and off-campus, prepares LaGuardia students to strive for excellence inside and outside the classroom.
Students offered research experience in National Science Foundation labs become scientists. Accounting internships open the door to securing jobs at top-tier accounting firms or start-up companies. Art and design classes taught by practicing artist-professors nurture the next generation of creative talent.
Through our English language programs we transform the lives of non-native English speakers, while Adult and Continuing Education helps returning adult students, who never thought college was an option, see their families’ lives enriched through high school equivalency and professional training and certification programs. And our Bridge to College programs helps both pursue bigger dreams. Commitment to our community partners creates prosperity in the local economy. Small business owners and entrepreneurs gain knowledge, build a support network and grow their revenues and client base through education tailored to their specific needs in our business services programs.
What strikes anyone who walks the halls and visits the classrooms of LaGuardia is our spirit—a bold mix of energy, ambition and hope. This spirit of courageous idealism begins with the willingness to ask “What if?” On behalf of our outstanding faculty, dedicated staff, current students and alumni, I welcome you to LaGuardia.
Dr. Gail O. MellowPresident