LaGuardia Community College celebrates 40 years of challenging expectactions

  • 1964

    The Master Plan of the City University of New York (CUNY) calls for the establishment of four new community colleges as the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement challenges racial stereotypes and traditional ideas about access to higher education.


  • 1967

    Dr. Joseph Shenker, future founding president of LaGuardia, then CUNY Dean for Community Colleges, testifies before the New York City Board of Higher Education about the need for and concept behind Community College Number Nine.

  • 1968
    January 22

    Members of the NYC Board of Higher Education pass a resolution establishing Community College Number Nine.

  • 1969
    March 24

    The NYC Board of Higher Education approves the selection of Western Queens as the site for Community College Number Nine, where the recently purchased five-story, former Ford Instrument Company factory building on Thomson Avenue in Long Island City will serve as the Main (M) building of the new college.

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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.