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LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—( May 2, 2016) —When LaGuardia Community College held the graduation ceremony last week for the first class of students in its Medical Billing Certificate Program, many had already found jobs. The vocational program was developed in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine… The Harvard Business School Club of New York facilitated the partnership between the two organizations as part of its Skill Gap Initiative, which seeks to address shortages of qualified candidates for job openings. "Most of the time, educators come to employers and say, 'We have this training program. Take our graduates,'" said Kimberly Kendall, executive director of adult and continuing education at LaGuardia Community College. "This time we started with, 'What do you need?'"…
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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.
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—( May 2, 2016) —Tickets are available for May 2016 theatrical productions of The Sensuality Party and Passing Strange at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, a non-profit professional theater located at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. See prices below. As well, playwright David Rimmer, who teaches English at LaGuardia Community College, will debut his new work, The Reunion Guy, in which audience members will be part of the performance staged as an actual college reunion. In lieu of payment (members of the public are invited to attend at no charge), Mr. Rimmer asks “that audience members bring their imagination.” Two additional performances honoring veterans, Project: (Her) Voice and Ajax in Iraq are free and open to the public. See details below. Credentialed media who want to attend a performance, or speak with theater directors or artists, should contact Luda Spajic at (718) 482-5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sensuality Party, brought to life in common rooms and student unions at college campuses across all 5 NYC boroughs, is a new play written by Justin Kuritzkes. Directed by Danya Taymor, the play portrays six college students – 3 women and 3 men – who reflect on an afternoon of group sex they shared during their first semester, and how what began as a rather casual experiment went suddenly and horribly wrong. • What: The Sensuality Party • When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM & 7 PM • Where: LaGuardia Community College’s C-Bldg., 29-10 Thomson Ave., C-401, Long Island City, Queens • Price: General Admission: $35 (students with valid ID $10)
To purchase tickets for The Sensuality Party, please visit: http://www.thenewgroup.org/.
Project: (her) voice. Come and hear true stories of women fighting for rights of women veterans, women who have gone to war for our country, and family members supporting our men and women in the military. For more information or to RSVP e-mail email@example.com or call (718) 482-5386.
• What: Project: (her) voice • When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6-8 pm • Where: LaGuardia Community College, Mainstage Theater (31-10 Thomson Ave.) Entrance on Van Dam St. between Thomson and 47th Aves. (closer to 47th Ave.), Long Island City, Queens • Price: Free & Open to the Public
Ajax in Iraq. Hear narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female American soldier, both undone by the betrayal of a commanding officer. Athena, goddess of war, coolly presides. Inspired by material collected from interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families, Ajax in Iraq explores the timeless struggle soldiers face in trying to make sense of war. For more information or to RSVP e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 482-5386
• What: Ajax in Iraq • When: Tuesday, May 5, 2016, 6-8 pm • Where: LaGuardia Community College, Mainstage Theater (31-10 Thomson Ave.) Entrance on Van Dam St. between Thomson and 47th Aves. (closer to 47th Ave.), Long Island City, Queens • Price: Free & Open to the Public
Passing Strange, which The New York Times described as “a sprawling work of performance art, complete with angry rants and scary drag queens” when it was performed on Broadway in 2008. Written by singer-songwriter and playwright Stew (Mark Stewart), who describes the piece as “a rock concert with a story to tell,” the piece is written as an autobiography of a young African-American artist who embarks on a journey of self-discovery through Europe. • What: Passing Strange • When: May 11-21, 2016, 5/12-5/17, 5/19-5/21 at 7:30 PM & 5/18, 5/19 at 2:30 PM • Where: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Little Theater. Entrance on Van Dam St. between Thomson and 47th Aves. (closer to 47th Ave.), Long Island City, Queens • Price: General Admission: $10
The Reunion Guy, an original work written and directed by David Rimmer, who teaches English at LaGuardia, about a guy who goes to other people’s college reunions and the effect he has on the people he meets at the events. Audience members will “attend” a college reunion, featuring refreshments, awkwardness, self-aggrandizement, insecurity, and other usual happenings at school reunions (in the style of the award winning off-Broadway hit, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding).
• What: The Reunion Guy • When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM • Where: LaGuardia Community College, Poolside Café Entrance on Van Dam St. between Thomson and 47th Aves. (closer to 47th Ave.), Long Island City, Queens • Price: Free
For More Information & To Reserve Tickets: Visit LPAC.NYC or call (718) 482-5151
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About the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College Reflecting the College’s values of helping individuals fulfill their potential, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center serves as an arts incubator—offering a creative home for artists to showcase and workshop their pieces before moving onto festivals or other venues. As well, the Center serves as a front door for members of the community to become familiar with the College, and its well-regarded theater program. Productions that spark discussions across cultures and communities about social justice, such as Beyond Sacred, a work about the Muslim culture and experience, are regularly featured at the Center. Additionally, the Center is a site of the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series annual spring and fall productions.
A student confers with faculty at the Liberal Arts advising table during the LaGuardia Community College Advising Fair. Photo credit: Alan Li, student, LaGuardia Community College
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—April 13,2016—An on-campus student advising fair was held recently in the Atrium of the main campus building (the “E” building) here at LaGuardia Community College, where faculty and staff set-up shop to provide students with information to help them navigate the college’s academic departments, support services, and financial aid opportunities. Advising teams and faculty from across the campus engaged hundreds of students throughout the day, in a fun setting that included games, giveaways, tasty snacks, and more!
“Not only did the advising fair provide a lot of valuable information, but it was fun,” said Tashi Sherpa, a New Media Technology major at LaGuardia Community College. “The many prizes and giveaways seemed to increase foot traffic to the various tables at the fair, where students could learn about the faculty advising teams for their majors – e.g., how to contact their advising team, where to find them on campus, members of the team, etc. People normally don’t want to take advice, but they’re much more willing to do so when it’s an enjoyable experience.” Ten of the most popular activities featured at this year’s fair included:
1. The Wheel of Fortune game, which faculty used to test students’ knowledge about services offered by various campus offices. E.g., where can a student rent a laptop (answer: the Library!); and which office helps students complete their personal taxes (answer: Single Stop!) 2. Single Stop, where students received information about opportunities to apply for free metro cards, groceries, and tax preparation assistance 3. Wellness Center advisers educated students on how to identify and deal with stress, and how to access its counseling, support groups, workshops, and other services 4. LaGuardia Foundation staff informed students about the wide-range of scholarships for tuition and fees, textbooks, and the requirements to qualify for these scholarships 5. Financial Aid representatives gave our information about how to qualify and apply for financial aid 6. Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) faculty advised students about requirements to complete STEM programs at LaGuardia, and about transferring to four-year colleges specializing in their fields of study 7. Business and Technology advisers gave out useful brochures about career opportunities in these fields 8. Liberal Arts advisers informed students about options for transferring to four-year colleges and career paths available to liberal arts majors 9. Education & Language Acquisition faculty provided students with valuable information about programs in Teacher Education, Modern Languages and Literatures, Academic ESL and the skills needed to succeed in their respective fields 10. Last but not least, food and beverage, a small but salient aspect of the advising fair, was very popular. Riko Peruvian Restaurant provided mouthwatering rotisserie chicken and creamed potatoes to students anxiously awaiting their savory, delicious samples
The goal of the 2nd annual advising fair is to keep students on track towards graduation, transfer to four-year colleges, and establish a career. Overall, the fair was a gleaming success!
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Written by Keri Franklin
My name is Keri Franklin and I am an Advertising and Public Relations major at The City College of New York . I graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Spanish Translation & Interpreting . I currently work as a college assistant in LaGuardia’s Department of External Affairs, within the Division of Institutional Advancement.