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  •  Astoria Bank Unveils LaGuardia Student Photography Exhibit, “LIC Past, Present & Future” at New Long Island City Branch
    Astoria Bank Unveils LaGuardia Student Photography Exhibit,
    “LIC Past, Present & Future” at New Long Island City Branch

    Astoria Bank Unveils LaGuardia Student Photography Exhibit

    Astoria Bank joined LaGuardia Community College commercial photography students, faculty, and administration at the opening of “LIC Past, Present & Future” exhibit


    Long Island City, NY (Dec. 7, 2016)—Astoria Bank and LaGuardia Community College have unveiled a new student photography exhibit at Astoria Bank’s new Long Island City Branch at 26-26 Jackson Avenue (at Purves St.). Members of the public are welcome to visit the branch to view the exhibit, titled “LIC Past, Present & Future,” exploring the evolution of the vibrant neighborhood of Long Island City (“LIC”).


    At an opening reception last evening at the branch, more than a dozen student photographers from LaGuardia Community College were joined by friends, family, professors and administrators, as well as members of the local business community who admired the students’ work.


    The exhibit, which runs through April 2017, celebrates LIC’s history as a hub of industrial design and manufacturing, its present day as a rapidly-developing neighborhood, and predictions of what its future may look like. LaGuardia’s commercial photography students were asked to canvas the neighborhood to capture its energy, community, and markers of cultural significance. It was curated by LaGuardia Community College Photography Program Director Scott Sternbach and his team.


    The exhibit’s theme is especially meaningful for Astoria Bank, a full-service community bank which was established in Long Island City well over a century ago, in 1888, as well as for LaGuardia Community College, which has been a prominent institution in LIC since 1971.


    “Giving our students an opportunity to showcase their work in a well-trafficked local business is enormously meaningful for our photography students,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “This gives them a taste of life as a working photographer, and provides valuable learning about all it takes to curate and execute a photography exhibit from start to finish. We’re enormously grateful to Astoria Bank for supporting our students in this way.”


    In recent months, Astoria Bank has partnered with LaGuardia Community College to fund a scholarship program for students pursuing associate’s degrees in commercial photography, and is also providing financial literacy workshops to help LaGuardia students better manage their personal finances now and into the future.


    “We are dedicated to making a difference in the Long Island City community and are proud of the wonderful partnership we have with LaGuardia Community College. Their students are passionate about developing their skills and careers, and we’re excited to showcase their work in our branch for the community to enjoy,” said Astoria Bank Executive Vice President Brian Edwards.


    The public is welcome to visit the exhibit during the bank’s convenient operating hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.


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    About Astoria Financial Corporation

    Astoria Financial Corporation (NYSE: AF), with assets of $14.8 billion, is the holding company for Astoria Bank. Established in 1888, Astoria Bank, with deposits in New York totaling $8.9 billion, is the second largest thrift depository in New York and provides its retail and business customers and local communities it serves with quality financial products and services through 88 convenient banking branch locations, a business banking office in Manhattan, and multiple delivery channels, including its flexible mobile banking app. Astoria Bank commands a significant deposit market share in the attractive Long Island market, which includes Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties with a population exceeding that of 38 individual states. Astoria Bank originates multi-family and commercial real estate loans, primarily on rent controlled and rent stabilized apartment buildings, located in New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area and originates residential mortgage loans through its banking and loan production offices in New York, a broker network in four states, primarily along the East Coast, and correspondent relationships covering 13 states and the District of Columbia.


    About the Commercial Photography program at LaGuardia Community College

    LaGuardia is the only two-year institution in the City University of New York (CUNY) to offer an Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Photography. Students in the Commercial Photography program, administered by the Humanities Department, use professional photographic equipment and facilities, such as a state of the art black & white and color darkroom, shooting studios and digital imaging facility. Photography courses are taught by faculty members who are currently working in the field and are exhibiting artists, enabling students to gain experience from all over the photographic and arts spectrum in this quickly changing industry. Visit www.laguardia.edu/commercial-photography/ to learn more.


    About LaGuardia Community College

    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.


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     LaGuardia partners with Skanska & NYC Department of Small Business Services to provide information needed to create jobs
    LaGuardia partners with Skanska & NYC Department of Small Business Services to provide information needed to create jobs

    partnership with Skanska and NYC Department of Small Business

    Long Island City, NY (Nov. 10, 2016) – The Construction Management Building Blocks—a free, collaborative program between LaGuardia Community College, Skanska USA, and the NYC Department of Small Business Services provides opportunities for minority and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBE). The seven-week course supplies entrepreneurs with the knowledge needed to secure contracts, obtain new work, and create jobs.


    “LaGuardia Community College’s Business Services department has worked in partnership with Skanska for the past two years. It is gratifying to know that our partnership will be helpful in building the capacity of minority and women-owned businesses who in turn may support the redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport. This is yet another way that our community college is impacting the community!” — Linda Mellon, Executive Director of Business Services at LaGuardia Community College

     LaGuardia Community College Celebrates Gift from Astoria Bank to Support Commercial Photography Students
    LaGuardia Community College Celebrates Gift from Astoria Bank to Support Commercial Photography Students


    Celebration Recognizes Ongoing Collaboration between LaGuardia & Astoria Bank:
    • Astoria Bank sponsors LaGuardia’s 4th Annual Small Business & Government Matchmaker event
    • Astoria Bank to showcase work of LaGuardia photography students at its LIC branch
    • Astoria Bank providing financial literacy workshops to LaGuardia students


    Gift from Astoria Bank - Group with Check

    Mayra DiRico, Sr. VP/Director of Retail Banking, Astoria Bank, and President of Queens Chamber of Commerce (in pink) presents a gift of $8,500 to LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow


    Long Island City, NY (November 8, 2016)—LaGuardia Community College has received a gift from Astoria Bank for the college’s esteemed Commercial Photography program. The $8,500 gift will go to scholarships for tuition, books, and other expenses for students seeking associate degrees in this field, and was presented at an event held earlier today at the college.


    “Astoria Bank’s generous support will enable us to ensure that more students have the opportunity to pursue a career in photography. This gift reflects the excellence of our visual and performing arts programs,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “Astoria Bank is a great friend to our college and to our students.”


    “Since opening our newest branch in Long Island City, Astoria Bank has become even more involved in this vibrant business community. It’s especially important for us to support a neighboring institution like LaGuardia Community College. By combining resources, we’re able to launch exciting programs that will not only help make a difference in the lives of deserving students but also strengthen local businesses,” said Astoria Bank Executive Vice President Brian Edwards.


    The scholarships will be administered through the LaGuardia Community College Foundation, the college’s philanthropic arm. Although tuition at LaGuardia is low compared to other colleges, making ends meet while attending college is a struggle for the majority of LaGuardia students—more than 70 percent have annual family incomes of less than $25,000. The Foundation raises money to help off-set these struggles. Since 2003, the LaGuardia Community College Foundation has raised more than $18 million, which has gone to approximately 10,000 students in the form of scholarships, emergency funds (for books, MetroCards, housing support, meal vouchers, etc.), leadership development programs, and other initiatives aimed at enhancing student success.


    In recognition of this generous gift, an exhibit featuring the work of LaGuardia’s commercial photography students will be showcased at the bank’s Long Island City branch at 26-26 Jackson Ave. The exhibit, entitled “LIC Past, Present & Future” is a visual documentary of Long Island City’s past as a hub of industrial design and manufacturing, its present day as a rapidly-developing neighborhood with a vibrant up-and-coming cultural scene, and predictions of what its future may look like. The exhibit, curated by Photography Program Director Scott Sternbach and his team, is expected to open in December and will be up through early next year.


    Gift from Astoria Bank - Students

    LaGuardia Community College students share the impact of scholarships on their lives with Astoria Bank executives.


    “In addition to this generous gift, we’re grateful for Astoria Bank’s sponsorship of our Business Services’ annual event that helps local small businesses explore contracting opportunities with government agencies, and for the valuable financial literacy education its experts are providing at no cost to some of our students who need it the most,” said President Mellow.


    Astoria Bank was a co-sponsor of LaGuardia Community College’s Business Services’ 4th Annual Government & Business Matchmaker event, where local entrepreneurs meet government agencies and prime contractors one-on-one in order to discuss immediate contracting and subcontracting opportunities. Small business owners also attended workshops on how to expand their companies, and more.


    Astoria Bank has a long history of supporting the communities it serves by providing financial support to non-profit organizations throughout the greater New York metropolitan area.


    Recently, Astoria Bank’s banking professionals have begun providing financial literacy workshops on-campus for LaGuardia students. These workshops not only provide supplemental information for students enrolled in continuing education and business-related programs, but also enrich their learning experiences and equip them with real-life skills needed to excel in their careers.


    “Financial literacy education helps to ensure that LaGuardia students have the tools to make sound financial decisions for themselves and their families for years to come,” said Astoria Bank Executive Vice President Brian Edwards.


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    About the Commercial Photography program at LaGuardia Community College


    LaGuardia is the only two-year institution in the City University of New York (CUNY) to offer an Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Photography. Students in the Commercial Photography program, administered by the Humanities Department, use professional photographic equipment and facilities, such as a state of the art black & white and color darkroom, shooting studios and digital imaging facility. Photography courses are taught by faculty members who are currently working in the field and are exhibiting artists, enabling students to gain experience from all over the photographic and arts spectrum in this quickly changing industry.


    About LaGuardia Community College


    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.


    About Astoria Financial Corporation


    Astoria Financial Corporation (NYSE: AF), with assets of $14.8 billion, is the holding company for Astoria Bank. Established in 1888, Astoria Bank, with deposits in New York totaling $8.9 billion, is the second largest thrift depository in New York and provides its retail and business customers and local communities it serves with quality financial products and services through 88 convenient banking branch locations, a business banking office in Manhattan, and multiple delivery channels, including its flexible mobile banking app. Astoria Bank commands a significant deposit market share in the attractive Long Island market, which includes Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties with a population exceeding that of 38 individual states. Astoria Bank originates multi-family and commercial real estate loans, primarily on rent controlled and rent stabilized apartment buildings, located in New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area and originates residential mortgage loans through its banking and loan production offices in New York, a broker network in four states, primarily along the East Coast, and correspondent relationships covering 13 states and the District of Columbia.



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     Medical Billing Program Attracts Health Systems
    Crain's New York Business Health Pulse
    Thursday, October 13, 2016


    View Full Article Here (Subscription Required): Medical Billing Program Attracts Health Systems


    Long Island City, NY (October 13, 2016)—LaGuardia Community College on Wednesday graduated 22 students in the second cohort of its medical billing certificate program, created in partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine. For the second class, which began in May, additional employer partners expressed interest in preparing students, including NYU Langone, Mount Sinai, Northwell Health and Columbia University Medical Center. The more recent cohort graduated 22 of its 23 students after LaGuardia received about 1,000 applications. A $215,000 grant from the city Department of Small Business Services allows students in the first two cohorts to attend tuition-free, and the city has renewed funding for an additional two cohorts. From the previous group, which graduated in May, 87% of students have been hired as billers. Students attend classes four nights a week for five months, learning technical skills including revenue cycle management and accounting, as well as job-readiness skills such as résumé creation and business communication. Of the 22 students entering the program, seven were previously unemployed and the average worker was earning $10 per hour. Graduates have earned $22 an hour on average, or about $45,000 a year. The program counts for nine credits, which can be applied toward an associate's degree. "The hospital systems are struggling to find an on-ramp to get qualified employees," program director Kim Kendall said, and their direct input has helped students get the needed preparation. Feedback from the first group of students led LaGuardia to alter its program to include more training on Weill Cornell's Epic electronic health record system, while Weill Cornell requested stronger writing skills. The Harvard Business Club of New York is working with LaGuardia to track graduates' long-term performance.—J.L.

     LaGuardia’s Innovative Medical Billing Program Holds Graduation
    LaGuardia’s Innovative Medical Billing Program Holds Graduation

    ---With participation from NYU Langone, Mount Sinai, Northwell Health & Columbia University Medical Center---

    LaGuardia Medical Billing Certificate Program is designed to graduate adults who understand healthcare finance and who are prepared to work in leading healthcare facilities

    Graduates
    Graduates of the second LaGuardia Medical Billing cohort. The program is a result of ongoing partnership and collaboration among the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Weill Cornell Medicine, the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and LaGuardia Community College.

     LONG ISLAND CITY, NY (October 13, 2016)—A novel education-to-employment program at LaGuardia Community College, which was developed in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine in order to prepare well-qualified candidates for medical billing positions, has graduated 22 students from its second cohort in a celebration held at the college last night.

    A tuition-free program designed for adults who are unemployed, underemployed, or employed but seeking a career with stable hours, benefits, and advancement opportunities, the LaGuardia Medical Billing Certificate Program began in 2015 through work led by the Harvard Business School Club of New York to address critical gaps that exist when employers cannot fill well paying positions due to a shortage of adequately trained candidates. Entry level salaries in medical billing range from $35,000 to $45,000.

    Among the 22 students graduating from the second cohort, seven were unemployed, and those working full-time were earning as little as $10/hr. (approx. $20,000/year).

    The medical billing program is supported and offered tuition-free for students through funding from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and benefits from input provided by the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare

    “The Medical Billing Certificate Program provides a unique opportunity for New Yorkers to find stable, well-paying jobs,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “Students who complete the program have learned specific skills that will make them highly employable. The successful program’s results reflect the benefits of collaboration and bringing together with our college great partners including the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare and the NYC Department of Small Business Services.”

    “It was very rewarding for the program’s students to receive coaching from the experienced medical billing managers from a variety of healthcare organizations including Weill Cornell Medicine, NYU Langone, Mount Sinai, Northwell Health, and Columbia University Medical Center,” said Kimberly Kendall, Executive Director, Division of Adult and Continuing Education, LaGuardia Community College. “It’s great to have these healthcare providers eager to hire our grads from this program.”

    The program to prepare professionals for healthcare finance was developed to bridge the gap between workers’ skills and employers’ needs, as an education-to-employment approach. The results show it is a resounding success.

    Nearly 90 percent (20 out of 23) of students in the first cohort have been hired as medical billers—most at Weill Cornell Medicine and several others at other area medical centers—where their average starting salary is $22/hr. with full benefits. The remaining three graduates are volunteering and building up their resume. Among the first cohort, 16 were unemployed before the program.

    The rigorous program involves 267-hours of training, four nights a week (to accommodate those who are working) for nearly six months. Training covers technical skills (medical billing, data analysis, etc.), explanations of healthcare finance, health insurance and the Affordable Care Act, and work readiness skills (resume preparation, communication skills, etc.). There is no cost to participants.

    To read information about the first cohort of the LaGuardia Medical Billing Certificate program, click here.


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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit www.LaGuardia.edu to learn more.

    About New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (“NYACH”), a public-private partnership between SBS and the NYC Workforce Funders, is an industry partnership, bringing together multiple stakeholders of the healthcare workforce development system in order to address the industry’s rapidly changing workforce needs. NYACH’s mission is to build an effective healthcare workforce development system in NYC by identifying employers’ needs, helping education and training organizations adapt to those needs, and ensuring low income and unemployed New Yorkers have access to viable career opportunities in healthcare. For more information, visit www.nyachnyc.org.

    About NYC Department of Small Business Services The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building a fairer economy in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. SBS works with industry partnerships like NYACH to scale and sustain industry informed training models that support New Yorkers in advancing in career pathways. For more information, visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/.

    About The Harvard Business School Club of New York The Harvard Business School Club of New York is a powerful platform connecting the leadership and management expertise of Harvard Business School and its alumni with the vital, creative, and dynamic Greater New York City community. HBSCNY Skills Gap Project address the gap between the skills needed for currently available mid-skill jobs and the qualifications of workers available to fill those jobs. The research led us to begin our work in the health care and technology sectors. We brought together LaGuardia Community College and Weill Cornell Medical Center to develop a certificate program to appropriately prepare people to fill specialized entry level jobs in health care with real career opportunities, visit http://www.hbscny.org/s/1738/cc/index2.aspx?sid=1738&gid=4&pgid=3348


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     Where did LaGuardia students go this summer? All around the world!
    Where did LaGuardia students go this summer? All around the world!


    Long Island City, NY (August 26, 2016)—Attending a college or university is a critical step in life and increasingly important for landing high-paying jobs. And as the competition for good jobs continues to increase, internships help young people entering the workforce stand out from the competition, while enhancing their classroom learning.

    While some LaGuardia students took classes this summer, others worked at internships all around the world—boosting their résumés and enabling them to make connections that may help them land their ideal job upon graduation.

    “More than ever, internships open doors to careers and new opportunities,” said LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow. "Graduating students with internships on their résumé have a much better chance at landing a full-time position upon graduation.”

    One of the LaGuardia students who had an internship this summer is Yurie Amma, age 21, an early childhood education major whose goal is to work with special needs children. She spent the summer in Japan at Takinogawa Gakuen Social Welfare Corporation. "This internship was an amazing opportunity to apply the knowledge that I obtained at LaGuardia Community College to a Japanese school,” said Amma, who emigrated from Japan to the US in 2013. “This experience allowed me to improve my teaching skills while working in my native Japan—something I hope to do full-time in the future.”

    Hafsa Tahir, age 22, recently graduated from LaGuardia with an Associate in Arts in International Studies. Tahir, who grew up speaking Arabic with her family, participated in a scholarship program at LaGuardia designed to help heritage language speakers prepare to use their first language professionally. She spent the summer working in Amman, Jordan at Princess Taghrid Institute, a non-profit organization that helps orphaned and underprivileged youth enter the workforce, where she taught English and social media skills. “My internship confirmed that I want to pursue a career that will merge my interests in policy making, world cultures and global issues,” said Tahir.

    Hafsa Tahir Hafsa Tahir Camel Hafsa Tahir School
    Hafsa Tahir


    An international student from South Korea, Juyeon Park, age 36, graduated from LaGuardia this year with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management. With help from a professor and from LaGuardia’s President’s Society, she secured an internship at a hotel near New York City’s Times Square. “My internship at The Chatwal New York hotel helped me realize that I had chosen the right career, and enabled me to establish valuable contacts that hopefully will lead to a full-time job in the future.”


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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit www.LaGuardia.edu to learn more.


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     Bangladesh - The Other Side Of Me
    “Bangladesh - The Other Side Of Me,” A Photography Exhibit on Campus


    Long Island City, NY (July 27, 2016)—Zakaria “Zak” Ahmed, a graduate of our esteemed commercial photography program, who is now an employee here at LaGuardia Community College, is showcasing photos he took on a trip back to the country where he was born, Bangladesh.

    Featured in a gallery on the third floor of LaGuardia’s “B” Bldg.—30-20 Thomson Ave.—the exhibit is free and open to the public. Access is available 9am-9pm Monday through Thursday until August, and then open Friday as well through the end of September.

    Bangladesh - The Other Side Of Me


    What: "Bangladesh: The Other Side of Me” by Zakaria “Zak” Ahmed, an alum of the esteemed Commercial Photography program here at LaGuardia, and a current LaGuardia Community College employee – he works in the Environmental Health & Safety Office and in The Photo Lab.

    Curator: Javier Larenas, senior college lab technician and adjunct lecturer, Commercial Photography program, LaGuardia Community College

    When: July 20 through the end of September 2016

    Where: LaGuardia Community College
    LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts
    B-building, 3rd Floor Gallery (near the Photo Lab, B-334/336)
    30-20 Thomson Avenue, L.I.C., N.Y


    Artist Statement: “This photographic series is my portrayal of Bangladesh, a country that is defined by its lands, rivers, poverty and class. The country sits atop the world’s largest river delta, close to sea level, at the juncture of several active tectonic plates, which cause frequent earthquakes, with a secondary risk of tsunamis and severe flooding in a quake’s aftermath, which inherently has subtropical monsoon weather patterns that causes wide seasonal variations in rainfall, due to high humidity and temperatures. In addition, because of the country’s booming population and mass migration, this has contributed to both poverty and a water crisis.

    Since I came to United States in 2004, I have strongly felt that this is a story that needs to be told. Finally, after 11 years, I had the opportunity to go back and document people’s lives. While photographing this project, it took on an unexpected level of significance to me, coming to the realization of just how many have lost their homes and all of their belongings due to floods. As I was alongside of them, it drew me closer to them, by both actually facing and listening to their life’s struggles for survival. It grounded me to my roots, my days as a child, moments of self-reflection, and it inspired me even more to visually capture “The Other Side of Me”.

    These photographs closely portray a community on the fringes—environmentally, geographically and economically—yet whose 'fringed' presence became more evident, when their vulnerability became more than notional—whose children will one day inherit this world.—Zakaria “Zak” Ahmed


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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit www.LaGuardia.edu to learn more.


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     Panama: Hidden Gems, A Photography Exhibit by Student Charles Carl Barnett – now through September
    “Panama: Hidden Gems,” A Photography Exhibit On Campus


    Long Island City, NY (July 14, 2016)—On the heels of the recently opened expanded Panama Canal, and in advance of upcoming National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15), an exhibit of photos taken in Panama by a 73-year-old photography student, Charles Carl Barnett of Rego Park, is available for viewing at LaGuardia Community College through the end of September. Carl, as he prefers to be called, is an avid world traveler – having visited more than 40 countries. He took these photos on in 1984 during a vacation from his job as a bank examiner at the Federal Reserve.


    He took the photos on a film called Kodachrome, which was known to be among the best films ever made for archival purposes, but Kodak stopped manufacturing it in 2009. As a result, the colors in the photos are extremely vivid – especially the oranges and reds. Kodachrome is no longer in use.


    The exhibit also features several molas – intricately hand-stitched needlepoint made in Panama by Kuna Indians, which Carl purchased on his travels in Panama.


    Located in the first floor gallery of LaGuardia’s “B” Bldg. – 30-20 Thomson Ave. – the exhibit is free and open to the public. And during these warm summer months, visiting the exhibit (in this air-conditioned gallery) is a great way for folks to beat the heat while looking at gorgeous artwork and learning about the history of Panama.


    Panama: Hidden Gems


    What: "Panama: Hidden Gems" by Charles Carl Barnett, LaGuardia commercial photography student

    Curator: Javier Larenas, senior college lab technician and adjunct lecturer, Commercial Photography program, LaGuardia Community College

    When: July 13 through the end of September 2016

    Where: LaGuardia Community College
    LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts
    B-building, 1st Floor Gallery​
    30-20 Thomson Avenue, L.I.C., N.Y


    Artist Statement: “As a history major at Queens College, l was fascinated with the way seemingly random events inter-acted with each other. I was particularly interested in the colonial period and how the history of the Americas evolved so differently under the English, French, Dutch and Spanish models, and how the other two players, Scotland and Sweden, through poor choices and neglect, never really made it out of the gate. These images were captured on Kodachrome* film, during a cruise to Panama in 1984 aboard a small ship, that transited the canal and also visited a number of places on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. After the cruise ended, I drove a rental car up into the Chiriqui highlands near Costa Rica, accompanied by my stepfather, who also appears in several of these photographs. Although he has been gone for 28 years now, he gets to live again through these images. Assembling this exhibit has allowed me to relive the experience, as well. In doing the research for the narrative, I was again made aware of just how much had changed since I was there, and how much I had missed, or didn’t even know about. I really have to go back and re-shoot.” - Charles Carl Barnett

    *Kodachrome: is color reversal film introduced by Eastman Kodak in 1935. It was one of the first successful color materials and was used for both cinematography and still photography. For many years it was used for professional color photography, especially for images intended for publication in print media. Because of the growth and popularity of alternative photographic materials, its complex processing requirements, and the widespread transition to digital photography, Kodachrome lost its market share, its manufacturing was discontinued in 2009 and its processing ended in December 2010.


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    About LaGuardia Community College
    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit www.LaGuardia.edu to learn more.

     $3.9M Federal Grant to Train At-Risk, Disadvantaged Young People for Tech Jobs

    LaGuardia Community College Awarded $3.9M Federal Grant to Train At-Risk, Disadvantaged Young People for Tech Jobs

    Part of White House & US Department of Labor $150 Million TechHire Initiative

    —LaGuardia to partner with Udacity, General Assembly, & Software Guild to provide FREE tech training—

    TechHire grant

    Long Island City, NY (June 29, 2016)—LaGuardia Community College has been awarded a $3.9 million federal grant to provide free tech industry training for at-risk and disadvantaged young people, ages 17 to 29. One of just 39 programs in 25 states nationwide—and one of only two in New York City—the grant is part of TechHire, a $150 million White House and US Department of Labor initiative to train interested individuals in coding, software development, systems management, and other in-demand high-tech specialty areas. 

    The grant awarded to LaGuardia is part of $126 million, included within the $150 million initiative, for programs specifically for low-income, minority or otherwise underserved young people.

    “Being selected by the White House and the US Department of Labor for this highly competitive TechHire grant, which reflects our understanding of the fast-evolving needs of the tech industry and our dedication to helping people get out of poverty and into the middle class through education, is very gratifying,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow

    "We congratulate LaGuardia Community College, as well as its partners General Assembly, Udacity, and Software Guild, for winning a prestigious TechHire award and look forward to the great impact this work will have for young New Yorkers,” said Barbara Chang, Executive Director of the NYC Mayor's Office of Workforce Development. “As a pilot city of President Obama’s TechHire initiative, New York City fully embraces the alignment of tech education with workforce needs and expanding job opportunities through the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline. Yesterday’s announcement is a huge win for New York City and recognizes the commitment that tremendous local institutions are making together with the City’s tech employers to ensure that New Yorkers are well prepared for the 21st century economy.”

    The LaGuardia Community College program, known as TechIMPACT, will offer accelerated tech training for more than 300 low-income young adults over the next three years, in partnership with General Assembly, Udacity, and The Software Guild, with tools created by industry experts at large tech companies like Google and Facebook. The training will be provided at no cost to participants.

    “There are more than 600,000 IT jobs in the US open today, and tech jobs pay one and a half times the average wages of a private-sector job,” said Jake Schwartz, co-founder and CEO of General Assembly. “TechIMPACT is about creating pathways toward a high paying job for a population that has been boxed-out of the tech industry—we are excited for the opportunity help build a more diverse talent pipeline.”

    “TechIMPACT could become a national model for unique partnerships that enable higher education institutions to expand the catalog of highly specialized courses they’re able to offer to students,” said Dr. Mellow.

    Training will focus on in-demand skills, including web development, Java, and computer network support, informed by the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline through LinkedIn’s first-ever analysis of NYC’s 3.1 million LinkedIn members. 

    “Our experts will provide training in coding, a skill that’s an integral part of today’s job market. We look forward to helping students who have the drive to succeed but not always the necessary economic support to learn these valuable skills,” said Eric Wise, Chief Academic Officer of The Software Guild.

    “The recent TechHire grants are an important and actionable milestone for tech education in the U.S., and we’re pleased to work with LaGuardia Community College to train underserved young adults with the needed, ‘in-demand’ tech skills to help them get a job or advance their career,” said Zhalisa Clarke, Vice President of Business Development at Udacity.

    In addition to receiving a foundation in digital and tech literacy, participants will have access to career planning, free MetroCards, child care services, mentors, and other support services to help keep them on track towards completing the program and help them address any life challenges that arise before they result in dropping out.

    As well, TechIMPACT will team up with partners to help graduates from these programs find paid internships and jobs. Up to 50 students in need of a transition to employment will be connected with paid internships with participating employers from IBM to small businesses. For longer-term hiring, a multitude of hiring partners have signed on to interview qualified candidates, including IBM, WalMart, Xerox, and others. 

    “We want to help program graduates secure job opportunities right away so they don’t get discouraged if they don’t find work quickly,” said Dr. Mellow. “We are excited to empower a new tech workforce that will help diversify and strengthen NYC's Tech Talent Pipeline."

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    ABOUT LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit www.LaGuardia.edu to learn more.

    ABOUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY
    General Assembly (GA) is a global educational company on a mission to empower a global community to pursue work they love. Focusing on the most relevant and in-demand skills across data, design, business and technology, GA is confronting a skills gap through best-in-class instruction and providing access to opportunities. GA works with students online and in person across 15 campuses in 4 continents. GA also works with companies as partners in course development and graduate placement as well as helps companies stay competitive in today's digital landscape. Additionally, GA’s focus on affordable and accessible education combined with our education-to-employment approach is helping to create a diverse talent pipeline. To learn more, please visit www.GeneralAssembly.com.

    ABOUT UDACITY
    Udacity is democratizing education to make it affordable and accessible for people around the world to get the jobs they want to improve their lives. Based in Silicon Valley, Udacity provides online education to millions of students around the world. Its Nanodegree program, a credential built and backed by industry, is designed to give individuals the skills they need to "be in demand" for the global work force. The company offers Nanodegrees across a range of subjects including machine learning, web and mobile development and data analytics, with dozens more in development. To learn more, please visit www.udacity.com.

    ABOUT THE SOFTWARE GUILD
    The Software Guild, which is owned and operated by online education technology solution provider The Learning House, Inc., is an accelerated, hands-on coding bootcamp where individuals learn to be software developers at an in-person bootcamp or at the fully online program. Apprentices learn either .NET or Java and acquire the skills needed for entry-level developer positions. The Guild has more than 100 companies in its employer network, a 95% job placement rate and master instructors with an average of more than ten years of industry experience. Currently, The Software Guild has locations in Akron, Ohio; Louisville, Ky.; Minneapolis, Minn; and online. To learn more, please visit www.TheSoftwareGuild.com.

     NYC Officials Mark First Graduation from New Construction Administration Training Program

    First Opportunity Academy Graduation—Program Result of Partnership Among NYC School Construction Authority, NYC Department of Design and Construction, and LaGuardia Community College


    —Construction Administration Workforce Development Program—


    Career Readiness Program Supports Minority-Owned, Woman-Owned, and Locally-Based Business Enterprises


    Long Island City, NY (June 27, 2016)—The first cohort of the Opportunity Academy, an innovative construction administration training program that can lead to employment opportunities with city agencies or small businesses throughout the city, graduated on June 23 at LaGuardia Community College (please click here to watch a Fox5 NY story about the graduation).


    Developed by the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA), in collaboration with LaGuardia Community College and the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), the program promotes career readiness by preparing individuals for openings in construction office administration—jobs that require knowledge of processes, compliance laws and regulations about public construction management, procurement, labor, and more.


    "When all individuals participate in our economy regardless of their race, gender or ethnicity, the City as a whole flourishes - which is why we strive to be an inclusive City. I applaud the great work DDC, SCA, LaGuardia Community College, and the Opportunity Academy is doing to prepare people for a great career in construction. I also want to thank them for getting us closer to our goal of awarding $16 billion in M/WBE contracts by 2025," said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.


    “The offices of SCA and DDC are in a building next to our campus—so we’re thrilled to collaborate with our neighbors on Opportunity Academy! This innovative program brings together the expertise of New York City’s construction agencies and faculty here at LaGuardia, to help interested City residents become skilled in the high demand field of construction office administration,” said Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College. “The program reflects what we at LaGuardia do best—educating and training people who want to get a high-quality job with employers who need their skills.”

    New Construction Administration Training Program 2

    Executive director of the CUNY Career PATH program at LaGuardia, Michele Valdez, who oversees the Opportunity Academy, speaks at the graduation on June 23.


    Opportunity Academy is a free program that offers students a stipend during training and internship phases, funded by SCA and DDC.


    Twenty-nine students graduated from the 10-week program, which began in April 2016, and featured classes led by SCA and DDC construction and procurement professionals. As part of the training, students studied various processes and procedures necessary to conduct business with the SCA and DDC from bidding to project closeout.


    Next, the 29 graduates will begin 42-week internships with certified minority-owned, woman-owned, and locally based business enterprises (MWLBE) enrolled in SCA’s mentor program, as well as with various SCA and DDC departments. By working directly with these potential employers, Opportunity Academy graduates will have opportunities to gain job skills that will allow them to compete as industry professionals.

    New Construction Administration Training Program 1

    The Opportunity Academy graduates with LaGuardia Community College leadership and City officials at the celebration at LaGuardia

    “With Opportunity Academy, the SCA is growing our commitment to students and MWBLE firms. By teaching the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the construction industry, we not only strengthen our MWBLE firms but have opened a new pathway to middle-class career readiness at LaGuardia Community College,” said Lorraine Grillo, President and CEO of SCA. “Our partnership with LaGuardia has been invaluable and through our shared dedication and commitment to Opportunity Academy, we've made tremendous gains.”


    “This unique and innovative program at LaGuardia Community College will allow interested students to gain valuable on-the-job training in construction management and procurement,” said Rev. Jacques DeGraff, Chair of SCA’s Diversity Advisory Council. “To gain access to middle-class jobs in a highly-competitive 21stcentury environment, students need the transferable skills that Opportunity Academy provides. I am thrilled to be a part of creating a link between our MWLBE firms and a newly trained, skilled workforce, allowing them to grow their businesses and provide additional employment opportunities.”


    "DDC is a leading agency in awarding contracts to minority- and women-owned firms, with $242 million awarded in contracts last year, and is committed to the Mayor's vision of increasing opportunities for the City's MWBEs community," said DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora. "We'll continue to identify ways to enhance the abilities of MWBE firms."


    In addition to the graduates’ families and friends, and the City and LaGuardia Community College leadership quoted above, attendees at the graduation included:


    Jay Hershenson, Senior Vice Chancellor and Board Secretary, City University of New York
    Una Clarke, Member, Board of Trustees, City University of New York
    Sandra Wilkin, Board of Trustees, City University of New York
    Suzanne Veira, Chief Diversity Officer, SCA


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    About LaGuardia Community College
    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all US college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become. Visit www.LaGuardia.edu to learn more.


    About the New York City School Construction Authority
    The School Construction Authority was established by the New York State Legislature in December 1988 to build new public schools and manage the design, construction and renovation of capital projects in New York City. The SCA’s mission is to design and construct safe, attractive and environmentally sound public schools for children throughout New York City.  We are dedicated to building and modernizing schools in a responsible, cost-effective manner while achieving the highest standards of excellence in safety, quality and integrity.


    The SCA is committed to working with minority, women and local business enterprise (MWLBE) firms. The Business Development Division (BDD) offers a variety of programs to help MWBLE firms grow their businesses and access contracting opportunities at the SCA. Our BDD group recruits firms through community outreach and participation in various minority trade shows, conferences and forums. To find out more, visit www.nycsca.org.


    About the NYC Department of Design and Construction
    The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s lenses of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, new or upgraded roadways, sewers, and water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $15 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative, and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to city projects. For more information, visit nyc.gov/DDC.


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