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  •  First Graduates from Novel High School Equivalency Program for Deaf Students at LaGuardia Community College
    First Graduates from Novel High School Equivalency Program for Deaf Students at LaGuardia Community College

    First Graduates from Novel High School Equivalency Program for Deaf Students

    LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow and staff from LaGuardia's Program for Deaf Adults with the First Graduates from the National External Diploma Program


    Long Island City, NY (February 6, 2017)—LaGuardia Community College’s Program for Deaf Adults recently celebrated the first deaf students to earn their high school equivalency diplomas through a pilot of an alternative program that better accommodates deaf and hard-of-hearing learners.


    The program, the National External Diploma Program (NEDP)®, was recently approved by the New York State Board of Regents as an alternative pathway to a high school equivalency diploma.


    This is the first-ever implementation of NEDP through the use of American Sign Language (ASL), which is the preferred language for many deaf and hard-of-hearing persons, and the first time it has been used at a CUNY college.


    “Once again, our Program for Deaf Adults is pioneering pathways to help narrow education and earnings gaps between deaf and hard-of-hearing persons as compared with their hearing counterparts,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “These graduates are now ready to pursue their college degrees, so I hope that the next time I shake their hands will be when they earn their associate’s degrees from LaGuardia.”


    The graduating students are Channel Arthur and Pamela Manzueta, both of NYC. They both finished high school with Individualized Education Program (IEP) diplomas, which meant that in order to attend college or qualify for many jobs, they needed to earn their high school equivalency diplomas. However, they had both failed the high school equivalency test—despite coming very close to receiving a passing score.


    “For many members of the deaf community, ASL is their first and primary language. As a result, coursework or tests that rely on complex written prose, such as the high school equivalency exam, can be challenging,” said Lakshmi “Sasha” Ponappa, Director of LaGuardia's Program for Deaf Adults. “The fact that we are able to integrate ASL in a meaningful way through NEDP offers many built-in advantages for our students.”


    The pilot program at LaGuardia was provided tuition-free, through a grant from CUNY’s Workforce Development Initiative, with supplemental funding from LaGuardia’s Thomas Samuels Scholarship Fund. Additional support was provided by Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems, the organization that owns and administers NEDP, and the New York State Education Department.


    LaGuardia’s Program for Deaf Adults is currently actively seeking new funding in order to continue and expand the NEDP program to other deaf and hard-of-hearing students who want to earn their high school equivalency diploma.


    “We’re also investigating whether the program could be administered remotely using videoconferencing technologies, enabling deaf and hard-of-students in any area of the country to earn their high school equivalency diploma,” said Pacts Cartagna, Project Coordinator for LaGuardia’s NEDP, and Coordinator of Continuing Education Programs for LaGuardia's Program for Deaf Adults.


    Education and Earnings Disparities among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Population


    Data shows that deaf and hard-of-hearing adults have lower rates of high school and college graduation, and relatedly, higher rates of unemployment and lower family incomes, as compared to the general U.S. population. Click here for data on hearing loss among the U.S. population.


    “Channel and Pamela, like many of our deaf and hard-of-hearing students who have taken the high school equivalency exam but not passed it, were extremely hard working and held high school skills, but had difficulty expressing those skills in the format of the test,” said Sue Livingston, PhD, a professor in the Program for Deaf Adults, and in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition. “Unfortunately, these challenges are a cause of educational and earnings disparities among the deaf and hard-of-hearing population.”


    Drive to Find New Route to High School Equivalency for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Students


    After seeing too many deaf and hard-of-hearing students come close to passing the high school equivalency exam but failing, Dr. Livingston began searching for an alternative method that would better accommodate deaf students. A LaGuardia colleague, Amy Dalsimer, Executive Director of the College and Career Pathways Institute and Director of Pre-College Academic Programming, suggested NEDP to Dr. Livingston, who was immediately intrigued.


    NEDP is self-led and directed; rather than classes, much of the learning is done by each participant on their own time—enabling students who work full-time or have family responsibilities to participate without having to rearrange their personal schedules. Each student works independently and with advisors and assessors to fulfill 70 competencies in eight areas that include civic literacy, consumer awareness, geography, history and science. Within these areas, which are based on skills outlined in common core College and Career-Ready standards, participants demonstrate high school level abilities by applying them to real-life situations.


    “Unlike the high school equivalency exam, NEDP gives students multiple opportunities to accrue and demonstrate competencies through mini-tests, known as in-office checks. There isn’t just one test that students must pass,” said Dr. Livingston, who initiated the pilot program.


    “We made some creative accommodations to NEDP for our deaf and hard-of-hearing students. For example, each program assessor provided ASL access that was needed to submit verbal responses to examiners, and each student worked with an ASL-fluent tutor who provided assistance on an as-needed basis,” said Cartagna.


    Next Steps after Successful Pilot of NEDP for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students at LaGuardia Community College


    “Given the success of this pilot, we’re ready to enroll a greater number of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in our NEDP program. The practical life skills it teaches will better prepare young adults like Channel and Pamela, to lead independent lives as productive members of the workforce,” said Dr. Livingston. “We’re so proud of Channel and Pamela, and look forward to watching them take their next steps towards achieving their professional goals.”


    Both Arthur and Manzueta plan to enroll at LaGuardia to pursue their associate's degrees, in the near future.


    “Earning my high school equivalency diploma means everything to me. I decided to participate in LaGuardia's NEDP program in order to better my life,” said Arthur, who plans to open her own business in the future. “LaGuardia’s Program for Deaf Adults staff gave me help and support that kept me going when I was juggling full-time work and school.”


    “Now I'm on my way to earning my college degree and becoming a teacher,” said Manzueta, age 27 of Richmond Hill, Queens. “Pacts and the rest of the Program for Deaf Adults faculty and staff truly had my back since the first day I enrolled. They knew how much I wanted to earn my high school equivalency diploma because I want to be successful, and they supported me every step of the way.”


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    About LaGuardia’s Program for Deaf Adults
    The Program for Deaf Adults at LaGuardia Community College is the largest, most comprehensive post-secondary program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the greater New York metropolitan region. The program recently marked 40 years of helping deaf and hard-of-hearing students pursue their higher education goals—including more than 10,200 LaGuardia students in the past ten years alone.


    The program supports students pursuing associate’s degrees—with special sections of Basic Skills Reading, Writing, and Math taught in ASL. As well, it offers courses taught in ASL, such as high school equivalency, adult basic education, and driver’s education. Through its ASL-English Interpretation Program, ASL-fluent individuals are trained to become ASL-English interpreters. Additional services include classroom interpreters, tutors, note takers, testing accommodation support, as well as academic, personal and job development advisors and other support services.


    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.


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     President Mellow Reflects on Gov. Cuomo’s Tuition-Free College Proposal in interview with Evolllution
    President Mellow Reflects on Gov. Cuomo’s Tuition-Free College Proposal in Interview with Evolllution

    Tuition-Free College Proposal


    Long Island City, NY (February 3, 2017)—LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow recently spoke with Evolllution, an online news publication focused on higher education, about Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship proposal.


    Dr. Mellow defined the enormous impact the Excelsior Scholarship would have on New Yorkers—helping financially struggling students to pay tuition, encouraging those who had presumed that a college degree was unobtainable for them, and more.


    Read full article: Making Tuition-Free College a Reality in New York


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     LaGuardia English Language Coordinator and Volunteers Recognized as NY1s Queens People of the Week
    LaGuardia English Language Coordinator, and Volunteers,
    Recognized as NY1’s Queens People of the Week



    LaGuardia English Language Coordinator, and Volunteers, Recognized as NY1’s Queens People of the Week


    Long Island City, NY (January 31, 2017)—The English Language Center (TELC) at LaGuardia Community College is the largest English language program in New York City. Since 1971, TELC has helped more than 275,000 students from over 80 countries improve their English reading, writing, and speaking skills.


    NY1 recently honored Margaret Culhane, TELC’s Language Clinic Coordinator, and the volunteers who work with English language learners through the program, as Queens People of the Week.


    Each year, Culhane seeks outapprox. 100-150 volunteers to work with between 1500 and 1800 English language learners in small group conversation and one-on-one writing tutoring sessions at the Center’s ESL Practice Program (formerly called the Language Clinic).


    Said Elizabeth Iannotti, director of TELC, “Ms. Culhane runs our very demanding tutoring center, interviewing volunteer tutors, training them, matching them with students in pairs (for writing support) or groups (for speaking support. She has an incredible knack for determining each student’s needs and each tutor’s strengths, and making a pair or group that collaborates well for our eight week tutoring cycle… It is noteworthy that our day student population is a combination of international and immigrant students aged 18 to 60 from over 80 countries. She handles this diversity handily, making it all come together to create tremendous extracurricular learning opportunities for our students. In spite of the stress of her position, she makes every student and volunteer tutor feel welcome and valued. The atmosphere she creates at the tutoring sessions is one of caring and support, even while having high expectations on all of those who participate.”


    See the NY1 story here: Queens People of the Week Help Immigrants Achieve American Dream



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     LaGuardia Community College Launches New Citizenship & Legal Services Program
    New Citizenship & Legal Services Program
    Launches at LaGuardia Community College


    FREE Program to Help NYC Immigrants Become Citizens—Educational Services by LaGuardia’s Center for Immigrant Education and Training and Legal Services by Catholic Migration Services


    LaGuardia Community College Launches New Citizenship & Legal Services Program


    Long Island City, NY (January 27, 2017)—LaGuardia Community College’s Center for Immigrant Education and Training has partnered with Catholic Migration Services, a non-profit legal services organization, to provide New Yorkers with access to free U.S. citizenship classes and legal services. The new program is supported by a two-year $250,000 Citizenship and Integration grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


    “This new program is exactly what our nation needs right now: provide education and legal assistance to help immigrant New Yorkers of good standing to make the United States their home with all the rights and privileges that come with being a U.S. citizen—being able to vote, to serve as a sponsor for family members to move to the U.S. from other countries, and more,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow.


    The first class began earlier this month and more classes will be offered over the next two years. New Yorkers from all five boroughs are eligible to apply for the program. The program aims to assist low-income, low and intermediate level adult English language learners improve their English skills.


    For many immigrants, speaking English enables them to have better communication with their children’s teachers and with healthcare professionals, and supports advancements in their careers. For example, according to American Community Survey three-year estimates, nearly 48 percent of residents in community districts adjacent to LaGuardia’s report speaking English “less than very well.”


    LaGuardia’s program is expected to prepare approximately 200 New Yorkers for the U.S. citizenship examination. Twenty-five will be enrolled every three months for an 11-week program. Participants must be legal permanent residents with a valid Green Card in order to participate. For a complete list of eligibility requirements and to submit a request to attend an upcoming information session about the course, click here.


    Through LaGuardia’s Center for Immigrant Education and Training, participants will review material for the English language skills and civics portions of the U.S. citizenship test—including coursework to improve English reading/writing/speaking skills for those who need it. Classes will be held on weekday evenings (6:30 p.m.—9 p.m.) to better accommodate those with full-time jobs.


    “Our English as a second language programs have become national models for the use of contextualized instruction—in which industry-specific materials are used to teach basic academic and technical skills,” said John Hunt, LaGuardia’s Executive Director for Adult Community Learning. “In this English and Citizenship program, U.S. history and civics information will be integrated into English language skills coursework. Students will, for example, improve their English skills by reading about the U.S. Constitution, and will practice speaking English by talking about our branches of government.


    “Studies have shown that adult learners are much more engaged in coursework if they believe the material is directly relevant to them,” said Hunt.


    Over 9,000 adults have been served by LaGuardia’s Center for Immigrant Education and Training since it opened in 2001. It has been ranked highly proficient in New York State Education Department’s adult education report card rating each fiscal year. And in 2011, the Center received a National Council for Continuing Education and Training Exemplary Program Award.


    Partnering with LaGuardia on this program is Catholic Migration Services. For 46 years, Catholic Migration Services has been providing legal services to low-income immigrants, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or race. Every year, Catholic Migration Services helps hundreds of immigrants become U.S. citizens. “We are very excited about our new partnership with LaGuardia. Our program will provide the integrated educational and legal services that immigrants need to become citizens,” said David Colodny, Esq., Director of Legal Services, Catholic Migration Services. This grant supports CMS in providing naturalization legal services to 250 lawful permanent residents over two years.


    New Yorkers interested in this program should visit the Center for Immigrant Education and Training at LaGuardia Community College in person, located at 29-10 Thomson Avenue, Room C-239, Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101. Or call the Center for Immigrant Education and Training at (718)-482-5460.


    For information on accessing free naturalization legal services from Catholic Migration Services, click here.


    To watch a NY1 story about the program, click here.


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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 CIET
    LaGuardia Community College’s Center for Immigrant Education and Training provides high-quality education to enable ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners to become life-long learners and independent, contributing citizens of New York. The Center offers free ESOL classes, which use innovative strategies where coursework draws from specific careers and job training programs, along with career counseling and case management services to low-income immigrant adults. Visit http://www.laguardia.edu/ciet/ to learn more.


    About Catholic Migration Services
    Catholic Migration Services (CMS) is a nonprofit legal services provider, whose mission is to serve and empower low-income immigrants in Brooklyn and Queens, regardless of religion, national origin, or ethnicity. Since 1971, CMS has helped tens of thousands of immigrants adjust their immigration status, obtain asylum, become US citizens, and receive other forms of immigration relief.
    In addition to immigration legal services, CMS provides housing and workers’ rights legal services, as well as community outreach to thousands of immigrants annually.


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     LaGuardia President Gail Mellow & Students Laud Governor Cuomo’s Free Tuition Proposal
    LaGuardia President Gail Mellow & Students Laud Governor Cuomo’s Free Tuition Proposal


    LaGuardia President Gail Mellow & Students Laud Governor Cuomo’s Free Tuition Proposal


    Long Island City, NY (January, 2017)— Governor Cuomo's tuition-free college proposal indicates a resetting of US minimal education standards, writes LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow in The Hechinger Report.

    Click here to read full article


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     LaGuardia Foundation Receives $225,000 from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
    LaGuardia Community College Foundation Receives
    $225,000 From The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation

    Funded by this gift, a new group of LaGuardia students, each year for the next three years, will develop research projects illuminating the history of the NYC metro area, working with faculty and staff at the LaGuardia & Wagner Archives, devoted to NYC’s social & political history

    —First cohort of scholars will study the history of LGBTQ activism in Queens—


    Research at LaGuardia Archives

    A group of LaGuardia Community College students studying at the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives.


    Long Island City, NY (December 20, 2016)—The LaGuardia Community College Foundation has received $225,000 from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to fund the Robert Gardiner—Joseph Shenker Scholars Program, named in honor of the late Robert David Lion Gardiner, a former Wall Street executive and heir to Long Island’s Gardiner’s Island and the late Joseph Shenker, the first president of LaGuardia Community College.


    Each year over the next three years, a new group of Gardiner-Shenker student scholars will develop research projects that illuminate the history of the NYC metropolitan area—focusing on a theme, such as infrastructure, immigration, or housing. Faculty and staff at the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives will guide the students through their work. The Archives, a repository for NYC’s social and political history, is regularly accessed by scholars, journalists, and policy makers; it is housed on the LaGuardia Community College campus.


    “We’re proud to have the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives on our campus,” said LaGuardia President Gail O. Mellow. “Its presence reflects our faculty’s dedication to scholarly work—work that is normally assumed only to occur at four-year colleges and graduate centers. Giving a select group of students the opportunity to work with our Archives faculty, and to conduct original research for a public audience, will be incredibly valuable for these students as they begin their careers.”


    “We’re grateful to our dear friend Susan Shenker, the widow of our visionary first president, Joseph Shenker, for introducing the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to our college. This gift is enormously generous and we’re thrilled to receive this avowal of support from an important New York foundation,” said President Mellow.


    “The mission of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation dovetails with the objectives of the Gardiner-Shenker Program,” said Kathryn Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, based on Long Island. “We share a commitment to increasing public awareness about the heritage of the Long Island and the New York metropolitan area, and are pleased to support this important program at LaGuardia Community College.”


    Gardiner Foundation Board Chairman Joseph Attonito added, “The multi-disciplinary LaGuardia students participating in this project and their involved professors and support staff make the Gardiner-Shenker Program an innovation in the study of regional history.”


    “Both Joe and Robert David Lion Gardiner were passionate about history, so it’s fitting that this initiative is named in their honor. In fact, Joe founded the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives as a tribute to the college’s namesake, Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia,” said Mrs. Shenker. “And as a pioneer of experiential learning—where students engage in studies that impact real organizations or receive on-the-job training through internships and other programs, Joe would be pleased that mentorship is a cornerstone of this initiative.”


    Fiorello LaGuardia

    Former Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia makes a mayoral address over the WNYC-FM airwaves (NYC’s National Public Radio station); image provided by the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives.


    “The mentoring the student scholars will receive from our Archives’ sociologists, archivists, and historians will allow them to observe first-hand the process of encapsulating information for educational and archival purposes. They’ll get to work closely with academics—learning valuable story-telling, critical thinking and analytical skills that will aid them in their future careers,” said Richard K. Lieberman, PhD, professor of history and director of the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives.


    First Cohort of Gardiner-Shenker Scholars Will Study LGBTQ Activism in Queens


    “Despite the sizable LGBTQ population here, Queens has been largely neglected by scholars,” said Dr. Lieberman. “To address this oversight, the 2017 Gardiner-Shenker scholars will study LGBTQ activism in Queens—effectively expanding the focus of LGBTQ studies beyond Manhattan to the outer boroughs. We’re in the business of telling the real history of New York.”


    “The history of LGBTQ activism in Queens that our student scholars will document honors this community’s struggles and triumphs, and will be an important resource for years to come,” said President Mellow.


    A group of English and Commercial Photography majors will be selected as scholars. English faculty members Neil Meyer, PhD and James Wilson, PhD, will work with the students to produce essays, poetry and/or short theatrical works to be disseminated through blogs, Facebook, and published for libraries, historical societies, museums and online for researchers worldwide. As well, photography faculty members Javier Larenas and Thierry Gourjon will develop a public photography exhibit, for display in summer 2017.


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    About the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
    The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, established in 1987, primarily supports the study of New York State history, with an emphasis on Suffolk County, in honor of its namesake’s passion for New York history. Previous recipients include the Long Island Maritime Museum, the Suffolk County Historical Society, and Columbia University. Robert David Lion Gardiner was, until his death in August 2004, the 16th Lord of the Manor of Gardiner’s Island, which at 3,350 acres is reportedly one of the largest privately owned islands in the world. The Island is part of the town of East Hampton on Long Island. The Gardiner family and their descendants took ownership of the Island in 1639, following a grant from King Charles I of England to Lion Gardiner (1599-1663), a New York State settler from England. Robert David Lion Gardiner was the last heir to bear the name Gardiner. Visit www.RDLGfoundation.org to learn more.


    About the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College
    The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, established in 1982, serves as a repository for NYC’s social and political history, which includes the largest collection of New York City mayoral papers. Archive records include the personal papers and official documents of Mayors Fiorello H. LaGuardia, Robert F. Wagner, Abraham D. Beame and Edward I. Koch, the records of the New York City Housing Authority, the piano maker Steinway & Sons, The Council of the City of New York and a Queens Local History Collection. Assets from these collections are regularly referenced in news stories, and studied by journalists, policy makers, and other researchers.


    The Archives regularly produces public programs exploring its collections, including an annual calendar produced in partnership with The New York Times and the City University of New York. Each year, the calendar is devoted to a theme of importance to the Greater New York Metropolitan area. The 2017 calendar, which will be distributed in January, is devoted to housing in NYC; the 2016 calendar focused on labor. Visit www.LaGuardiaWagnerArchive.lagcc.cuny.edu to learn more.


    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.


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     PIX11 and LaGuardia help Brooklyn mom finally finish college
    PIX11 and LaGuardia help Brooklyn mom finally finish college

    PIX11 and LaGuardia help Brooklyn mom finally finish college


    Long Island City, NY (November, 2016)—PIX11 reporter Monica Morales brought good news to Kameka Marsh, a mom of three from Brooklyn. The LaGuardia Community College Foundation will provide the returning LaGuardia student with scholarship funds and other support to help her realize her dream of finishing college and making a better life for her and her children.


    Read full article: PIX11 and LaGuardia help Brooklyn mom finally finish college


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     Two LaGuardians Honored by City & State
    Two LaGuardians Honored by City & State!


    Two LaGuardians Honored by City and State


    Long Island City, NY (November, 2016)— City & State recently honored two LaGuardians! Francesca Fiore, Assistant Dean of Workforce Development for the Division of Adult & Continuing Education, was honored as one of Queens Top 50 for her leadership of programs that support small businesses and the development of specialized education-to-employment programs. Helen Ho, LaGuardia's Director of External Affairs, was selected as a NYC Rising Star for leading outreach to businesses and community organizations in Long Island City and beyond to spread information about opportunities to partner with LaGuardia, as well as for her work advocating for homeless families, and other achievements.


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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.


    Please click on the links below to access media coverage about the LIC Exhibit at Astoria Bank’s new Long Island City branch:


    Please click here to view event's gallery


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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, 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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     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

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