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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.

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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

     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, 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 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


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    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.

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    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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