• College Now

  • College Now is CUNY’s largest school-college partnership with the New York City DOE. College Now is a dual enrollment program embedded in 18 CUNY colleges and over 400 NYC high schools and enrolling over 20,000 students annually. The program offers NYC public high school students both transferable college credit courses which are aligned with first year study at CUNY, and pre-college courses and activities designed to increase academic readiness for college and promote knowledge and awareness of the college-going process.

    LaGuardia’s College Now program seeks to facilitate the high school-college transition by preparing high school students to meet CUNY benchmarks and to be academically successful and socially integrated in college. Most of our classes are held at our partner high schools. We also offer college classes on campus through our Campus Cohort program. Students who earn a minimum of two B’s in College Now courses are permitted to take regular LaGuardia courses through our College Connection program.

  • Myself Third: Spirit of New York Scholarship

    The Myself Third scholarship program has been made possible through a generous gift provided by City College alumnus, Robert Friedman. It was established in 2002 in tribute to those who participated in the rescue effort following the World Trade Center tragedy. The purpose of the program is to encourage and reward civic involvement of high school students.

    The competition is open to New York City public high school seniors who have completed at least one college credit course in the College Now Program. ONE (1), one-time award of $10,000 will be awarded to a CUNY-bound student enrolling in either an associates or baccalaureate degree program at any of CUNY’s 17 undergraduate colleges on a full-time basis.

    For more information, please visit the the Myself Third Scholarship page./

    The Arlene Kahn Scholarship

    The Arlene Kahn Scholarship is open to students graduating high school who have completed at least one credit-bearing course through LaGuardia’s COLLEGE NOW or COLLEGE CONNECTION program, and who have chosen to begin attending LaGuardia Community College in the Fall.

    The Arlene Kahn Scholarship was established in January 2006, in memory of College Now’s devoted director. Dr. Kahn advocated tirelessly for students and sought to infuse all their learning experiences with reading and writing instruction in order to prepare them for the demands of academic life.

    Documents Needed:

    • Completed application
    • Official academic transcript
    • Letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or advisor
    • Typed essay on your College Now experience and your decision to attend LaGuardia Community College

    College Connection

    College Connection is a spring-semester program offered through College Now that enables a small number of students to take regularly-scheduled courses on the LaGuardia campus.Students will have the opportunity to take classes with college students and interact with the faculty. While enrolled in a college course, students may use campus facilities such as the library, computer labs, tutoring center, & the gym.

    This special opportunity enables students to choose from a wider selection of courses than is offered through College Now.

    You are eligible for this program if you:

    • Have received a grade of B or better in at least two credit-bearing LaGuardia College Now courses
    • Meet the academic requirements for the course you choose to take

    Model New York City Council

    The Model New York City Council Project is designed to enhance the public service learning and leadership skills of students in the College Now program.

    During four rigorous Saturday sessions in the fall, you will learn about the legislative process while faculty mentors train you in the art of public speaking and debate. You will discover what it means to be a member of city government as you experience it from the inside.

    On the fifth and final Saturday, you and your fellow Model City Council members will convene in the actual City Council Chamber in City Hall to debate and vote on a piece of real life legislation. After that, join elected City Council members to celebrate your accomplishment at a reception hosted by CUNY

    In order to participate, you must be:

    • A high School junior or senior
    • A current or former College Now student

    Campus Events

    Every semester, College Now students have the opportunity to spend a day at LaGuardia. The morning workshop focuses on various topics such as social justice, and majors and careers in different academic disciplines. After lunch, there is a college tour, a library session, presentation by special programs and a visit to the ID office.

    Available by Phone/Email (no in-person service available)

    Email: collegenow@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Please refer to the Campus Services page for current hours.

    Title Name Phone Alternate Phone Room Email
    Director Tyleah Castillo, MBA (718) 482-6056 (914) 712-8140 E115M tcastillo@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Assistant Director Ingrid C. Dearborn, MSED (718) 482-5437 (929) 314-4596 E115N idearborn@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Coordinator Leslie A. Bialecki, MSW (718) 482-5366 (929) 314-3121 E115L leperez@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Recruiter Marisol Lisboa, B.S. (718) 482-8718 (929) 277-7382 E115P mlisboa@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Data Manager  Mario Pena, B.S. (718) 482-5636 (516) 693-2731 E115D mpena@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Office Manager Jacqueline Liriano, A.A.S (718) 482-5409 (631) 572-8878 E115D jliriano@lagcc.cuny.edu
    College Assistant Elizabeth Frederickson (718) 482-5409 (732) 654-2585 E115 efrederickson@lagcc.cuny.edu 
    College Assistant Roxana Contrenas (718) 482-5409 (929) 314-4877 E115 rcontreras@lagcc.cuny.edu

    LaGuardia’s College Now Program is partnered with numerous high schools in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

    You may contact the College Now Program at 718-482-5409 or collegenow@lagcc.cuny.edu for the most recent information on partnerships or if interested in becoming a partner school.

    Partner High School Principal Name College Now Coordinator Contact Email Contact number
    ACADEMY OF AMERICAN STUDIES William Bassell James Randle

    JRandle@schools.nyc.gov 718-433-2556
    ACADEMY OF FINANCE & ENTERPRISE Victoria Armano Jessica Herrera

    jherrera7@schools.nyc.gov 718-389-3623
    AVIATION Steven R. Jackson Elizabeth Kim ekim62@schools.nyc.gov 718-361-2032
    BROOKLYN INTERNATIONAL Kathleen Rucker Lilian Ghali lghali@schools.nyc.gov 718-643-9315
    D79 PATHWAYS TO GRADUATION, JAMAICA Catherine Grechkosey CGrechk@schools.nyc.gov 718-739-2100
    D79 PATHWAYS TO GRADUATION, MANHATTAN Chelsea Henderson chenderson5@schools.nyc.gov 212-967-4565
    EAST-WEST SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES Anthony Cromer Kristina Golden kgolden@ewsis.org 718-353-0009
    FLUSHING Ignazio Accardi Thomas Carlomusto
    tcarlom@schools.nyc.gov 718-888-7500
    FOREST HILLS Paul Wilbur Carrie Sanchez
    Csanche14@schools.nyc.gov 718-268-3137
    FRANK SINATRA Gideon Rafael Frankel Joanne Maglaras
    Sinatra1112@gmail.com 718-361-9920
    GROVER CLEVELAND Marc Pascente Patrizia Crino praneri@schools.nyc.gov 718-381-9600
    HIGH SCHOOL FOR ARTS AND BUSINESS Ana R. Zambrano-Burakov Evelyn Acosta
    eacosta5@schools.nyc.gov 718-271-8383
    HIGH SCHOOL FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS & HUMAN SERVICES Robert A. Gentile Hakeeb Lanlokun hlanlokun2@schools.nyc.gov 212-780-9175

    rtavarez5@schools.nyc.gov 718-389-3163
    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Jean Woods-Powell Laura Soriano
    Lsoriano@schools.nyc.gov 718-937-4270
    JAMAICA GATEWAY TO THE SCIENCES Caren Birchwood Taylor Lauren Rosen lrosen13@schools.nyc.gov 718-739-5942
    LEGACY Dr. Salvatore Ferrera Amanda Mak amak@thechildschool.org 212-223-5057
    LONG ISLAND CITY Vivian Selenikas Gregory Levine
    Glevine5@schools.nyc.gov 718-545-7095
    MANHATTAN COMPREHENSIVE NIGHT & DAY Kris Erickson Irene Lau irene.lau@mcndhs.com 212-353-2010
    MULTICULTURAL Alexandra Hernandez Tali Kagan Talikgn@hotmail.com 718-827-2796
    NEWCOMERS Lilliam Katcher Kevin Jackson kjackson@schools.nyc.gov 718-937-6005
    NEWTOWN John Ficalora Madeline Gonzalez mgonzalez11@schools.nyc.gov 718-595-8400
    PAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL George Badia Shirley Torres storres@panamericanihs.org 718-271-3602
    QUEENS COLLEGIATE James Harrell Avernell Mitchell msmitchell@queenscollegiate.org 718-658-4016
    QUEENS METROPOLITAN Saida Rodriguez Tabone Katherine Stalford kstalford@queensmetro.com 718-286-3600
    QUEENS TECHNICAL Melissa Burg Anna Karabelas akarabelas@schools.nyc.gov 718-937-3010
    ROBERT F. WAGNER Stephania Vu Liz Madans emadans@schools.nyc.gov 718-472-5671
    UNIVERSITY NEIGHBORHOOD Matthew Willie Angela Kowalsky akowalsky2@schools.nyc.gov 212-962-4341
    WILLIAM C. BRYANT Namita Dwarka Jonathan Young jyoung22@schools.nyc.gov 718-721-5404
    YOUNG WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP SCHOOL, ASTORIA Allison Persaud Alexandra Gialaboukis alexandra@tywls-astoria.org 718-267-2839
    YOUNG WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP SCHOOL, QUEENS Megan Cruz Jessica Kane jkane@tywlsqueens.org 718-725-0402

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