College and Career Connect

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Room: M-Building, M-311
Phone: (718) 730-7563

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Apply to C3

The application for C3 at LaGuardia is now open! The application will remain open until Friday, December 1. Click the button above to start your application. Whether you’re an interested student, or a high school teacher, guidance counselor, or parent coordinator looking to learn more or recommend a former student for C3, we welcome your inquiry! Please write to us at or 718-730-7563.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have never attended college (Early College/College Now students are eligible).
  • Have graduated from a New York City Public High School in 2020, 2021, or 2022 with a GPA of 2.0 or higher (this is equivalent to a 75% average).
  • Fulfill one of the following English proficiency requirements
    • NY State English Regents score of 65 or higher
    • High school ELA average of 65 or higher

Program Overview

College and Career Connect (C3) at LaGuardia Community College gives out-of-school 2020, 2021, 2022, or 2023 high school graduates a taste of college life.

Being a college student is about more than just going to class and getting good grades; it is also about becoming involved in clubs and on-campus activities, making friends, building a network, and developing career, and financial readiness skills to succeed in college and beyond.

C3 provides a real college experience, at no cost to participants, for six weeks over the summer.

C3 at LaGuardia is supported by generous grants from the Heckscher and Petrie Foundations.

Student Testimonials 

Check out what past C3 students have to say about their experience in the program.

What was the most important thing you learned from your C3 experience?

  • “The most important thing that I learned from the C3 experience is the need to make connections and to ask for help.”
  • “I learned that working together with your mentors, professor and working through the resources was the best!”


What was your favorite part of the C3 program? 

  • “Enjoying the positive vibe with our peer mentors.”
  • “The tour we took in the other buildings to learn more about LaGuardia.”
  • “Learning more about my classmates and mentors!”
  • “My favorite part of the C3 program is going to American Museum of Natural History.”

Program Goals

The goal of this program is to help recent high school graduates develop an openness and enthusiasm to being a college student. Participants take a 3-credit college course for free, and receive comprehensive support around career exploration and paying for college, plus free access to high quality tutoring and mentoring.


  • Take a 3-credit course for free at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY.
  • Build your network and make new friends from across the city.
  • Receive tutoring, mentorship, and coaching from experienced college students.
  • Gain valuable career development and financial literacy skills.
  • Enjoy full access to LaGuardia’s extensive resources, academic, and recreational facilities; including the library, pool and gym!
  • Participate in unique extracurricular activities that extend your learning beyond the classroom.
  • Receive a MetroCard for the duration of your time in the six-week C3 program.
  • Earn a stipend of $500 upon successful completion of the program.

Information for Families

A community college education can have a significant impact on the socio-economic mobility of both students and their families. Over a lifetime, workers with an Associate’s degree earn $400,000 more than workers with only a high school education (Carnevale et al., 2021).

C3 at LaGuardia comes at no financial cost to students or their families. Families do not need to fill out any financial aid-related paperwork. It is completely free. C3 includes a 3-credit class program-related activities such as career and financial readiness workshops, and even a weekly MetroCard. We ask prospective students for their approximate family income on the program application to ensure that there are a range of backgrounds represented in the program.

College involves the whole family; not just the student. With this in mind, families of C3 students will be invited to events to learn how they can actively support their student’s higher education.

Being a college student requires time; students in C3 should expect to spend about 25 hours per week on activities related to the program; including attending classes, program activities, and doing homework.

LaGuardia has numerous resources available for both students and their families, including a food pantry, public benefits screening services, health insurance navigation, and more!


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