• 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.

    Room: E-Building, E-115
    Phone: (718) 482-5409
    Email: collegenow@lagcc.cuny.edu

  • 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

    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.

    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

    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
    LEGACY Dr. Salvatore Ferrera Amanda Mak amak@thechildschool.org 212-223-5057
    Vivian Selenikas Gregory Levine
    Glevine5@schools.nyc.gov 718-545-7095
    MANHATTAN COMPREHENSIVE NIGHT & DAY Kris Erickson Ji-Myung Nam jimyung.nam@mcndhs.com 212-353-2010
    MULTICULTURAL Peter Ng-A-Fook Mabel Martinez mabelmartinezgomez15@gmail.com 718-827-2796
    NEWCOMERS Elizabeth Messmann Kevin Jackson kjackson@schools.nyc.gov 718-937-6005
    NEWTOWN John Ficalora Madeline Gonzalez mgonzalez11@schools.nyc.gov 718-595-8400
    PAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL Waleska Velez Shirley Torres storres@panamericanihs.org 718-271-3602
    PATHWAYS TO GRADUATION, JAMAICA Jeffrey Robbins Catherine Grechkosey cgrechk@schools.nyc.gov 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 Louis Garcia 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 C. St. Aubain 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

    Please refer to the Campus Services page for current hours.

    Title Name Phone Room Email
    Director Tyleah Castillo, MBA (718) 482-6056 E115P tcastillo@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Coordinator Leslie A. Bialecki, MSW (718) 482-5366 E115N leperez@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Recruiter Marisol Lisboa, B.S. (718) 482-8718 E115L mlisboa@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Data Manager  Mario Pena, B.S. (718) 482-5636 E115D mpena@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Office Manager Jacqueline Liriano, A.A.S (718) 482-5409 E115C jliriano@lagcc.cuny.edu
    College Assistant Elizabeth Frederickson (718) 482-5409 E115 efrederickson@lagcc.cuny.edu 
    College Assistant Roxana Contrenas (718) 482-5409 E115 rcontreras@lagcc.cuny.edu