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Highlights of LaGuardia Community College coverage in The New York Times.
AGENDA 2020 By Joanne Kenen October 25, 2017
“One fall morning in Harlem, Marisilis Tejeda sat herself down on the couch in the fifth-floor apartment of Ramon Jimenez, a 62-year-old Guatemalan immigrant who has had heart disease for 20 years…. Tejeda’s visit is an example of an approach that’s beginning to catch on in modern American health care, that of pushing care outward from expensive hospital settings and into people’s homes, keeping diseases in check and preventing patients from cycling in and out of the emergency room.
…That hands-on, person-to-person connection is important to Tejeda, too. She worked for years in the finance and travel industries but increasingly found herself thinking about public health. Bilingual and outgoing, she went back to school and earned a certificate in community health work at LaGuardia Community College (though that’s not a requirement for City Health Works, which runs its own training program). She found her calling…. [serving as] a bridge between doctor and patient.”
Read full article: New York borrows a health care idea from Africa
Boston Magazine Online, New York (September 15, 2017)—For most students settling into campus life this fall, their biggest hurdle involved cramming for the SATs. But for Ninotska Love, that path was a bit more complicated. Getting to Wellesley, where she enrolled this fall, was a very satisfying end result, after a young adulthood that involved a kidnapping, escaping across the border from Mexico, achieving asylum status in the U.S., and coming out as transgender.
Once her asylum application was approved (“I still remember that particular morning, I cried for three hours,” she says), she got her associate’s degree at LaGuardia Community College, and worked with the Kaplan Educational Foundation to find the right college for her.
Read full article: Wellesley Welcomes Its First Trans Students
By Joel Rose October 5, 2017
DACA helped thousands of students across the country go to college and to work legally after graduation. Now, all that is in limbo. Achraf Jellal moved to New York when he was 4 with his parents who are Moroccan. Jellal is studying computer science at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, but he knows that without DACA he might have to leave the U.S. to work in his field.
"I can definitely work back in Morocco with an American degree in computer science,’ Jellal said. ‘But I've never been there. I don't know any of my family, actually."
Listen to the story and read the full article here: Deadline Looms For Thousands Of DREAMers
Ready to Work Business Collaborative, (September 20, 2017)—With the motivation and inspiration of our June leadership roundtable, Employers + Educators = Skills Gap Solutions fresh in mind, I was excited to come across an article highlighting brand new research published last month by Elizabeth Mann of the Brookings Institute on the success potential of one of our key agenda points: partnerships between employers and community colleges.
Read full story: Community Colleges Forming Employer Partnerships, the New DNA (of skills gap solutions)
By Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor of English and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative at The Graduate Center, CUNY October 27, 2017
I have a pet peeve. I find myself annoyed whenever I hear pundits criticize higher education on the grounds that ‘only half of students graduate in four years.’ The implication is that college education is somehow failing and we need a better system. Well, I agree we need a better system-much better. We need a better system of higher education; we need a far more equitable social system-and we need better ways of evaluating data…. what about the students at our least-funded institutions, students who themselves come from the most stressed situations. How do they thrive? They, of course, are the majority of students in college today.
As President Gail Mellow of LaGuardia Community College noted in a powerful opinion piece in the New York Times, ‘The Biggest Misconception About Today's College Students,' some 40 percent of students today go to community college, over half of undergraduates live at home, and some forty percent of students work 30 hours a week or more. A quarter of students in college today work full-time and go to school full-time, and about the same number are over 25 and are single parents.
…There is no magic bullet, no one-size-fits-all solution to student success. However, one thing is sure: successful change does not reside in some expensive, edtech solution that promises to miraculously improve the nation's graduation rate overnight. That's a chimera. Real change might be something as basic and essential as Metro cards.
Read full article here: Surviving and Thriving in College
By Krys Boyd, Contributor October 2, 2017
….Cathy N. Davidson, who directs the Futures Initiative at the City University of New York, notes that the way we do college in this country is still very much influenced by the century-old vision of Charles Eliot, the Harvard president who realized his school was training students for management, not ministry. The Digital Age requires different skills than the Industrial Age did, and this time the change is not originating in the Ivy League. Davidson shares her ideas for making college work again in her book, The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux.
[Cathy N. Davidson:] "…LaGuardia Community College [is] a fantastic community college in Long Island City. The president of LaGuardia is Gail Mellow, who says, ‘We have the hardest job in the world.… How do you take somebody who's come out of prison and give them the skills to survive in the world. What about homeless people? What about mothers who dropped out of high school because they had a baby and never came back? What about immigrants who don't speak English at all?' Her job, and the job of faculty at LaGuardia, is to take students wherever they are and get them to a place where they can do better in the world. That's astonishing. It's a very different thing than taking the smartest, wealthiest, best-prepared, best-supported, most-pampered, most-beloved students — children of the upper classes — and make them better and give them skills to continue that life vs. somebody who has nothing and your job is to make them a viable, active, productive, happy, responsible citizen of the world."
Read full article here: Overhauling our system of higher education should start by looking back to the 19th century
By Thomas Erik Bascome October 29, 2017
The city and owners of [Staten Island’s] Empire Outlets have committed to hire more than 1,200 people to work at New York City's first outlet center through a new workforce training program that began in September. After the most recent graduation ceremony, over 185 potential employees have completed the free 20-hour retail and customer service job training…. All participants who complete the program will be given a first look at Empire Outlets job openings next year and will receive a certificate from the New York State Small Business Development Center and LaGuardia Community College.
Read the full article here: Empire Outlets' workforce program graduates 185 people
By Thomas Cogan October 25, 2017
The long-planned street-naming ceremony for the late Sunnyside community activist and owner of Dazies Restaurant, Lily Gavin, was held on October 21. Under a sunny sky a considerable crowd gathered on the sidewalk at the corner of 40th Street and Queens Boulevard for the renaming to ‘Lillian ‘Lily’ Gavin Place.’
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer called Gavin "a fierce, strong woman" who had friendships in Sunnyside that lasted for decades. She was involved in many organizations and with several institutions, from the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce to LaGuardia Community College to the Sunnyside Flag Day parade, which Gavin organized through the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club. With a civic spirit and an excellent restaurant it was inevitable she would make Dazies a meeting place for politicians for discussion about a local crisis, as it was during the Con Edison blackout of mid-July 2006.
"Gavin made Sunnyside a great neighborhood," the Council Member said, "and it’s up to us to keep it that way." "By honoring her today we are honoring the entire community," Van Bramer concluded.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was impressed by the fact that many politicians "felt comfortable going to Dazies." She said her civic involvement was amazing and if it hadn’t been for Lily, many friendships in the community would not have been made. State Assembly Member Cathy Nolan was also present as well as Council Member Brian Barnwell and former Borough President Claire Shulman.
NYS Senator Michael Gianaris said that Lily and Luke Adams, for years the Executive Director of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, which had its meetings the second Tuesday of each month at Dazies, were the ones to see if you were after the lowdown on the local area….
Read the full article here: Sunnyside Street Renamed In Honor Of Lily Gavin
By Naeisha Rose October 13, 2017
The numbers are in and 53 percent of full-time SUNY and CUNY in-state students, or more than 210,000 New Yorkers, are going to school tuition-free through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship, according to the head of state’s website. The figures included students who were on financial aid, TAP and Pell grants. Some students will have the remainder of their tuition covered by the scholarship, as well. Students who attend Queens College, Queensborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College and York College make up over 2,000 of that student body population, according to Elizabeth Bibi, a spokeswoman for the governor.
Read the full story here: Excelsior Scholarship helps Queens students with free tuition
By Telijah Patterson, an International Studies major at LaGuardia Community College October 24, 2017
"’We think that we don’t stand a chance at getting into highly selective schools and therefore don’t apply. I really struggled to get out of that mindset," said Christian Esquivel, a Fall 2017 LaGuardia Community College transfer at Brown University. Brown, one of the eight esteemed Ivy League schools, had a paltry freshman acceptance rate of 9.8% and an even lower transfer acceptance rate of 5.6% in the year 2016, but that didn’t stop Esquivel from applying, and his case isn’t isolated; a year earlier he was preceded by fellow [LaGuardia Community College] student Edemir Castano.
Traditionally, most transfers to Ivy and other prestigious schools are from other four-year universities, but increasingly students from community colleges are setting their eyes on and being admitted to highly selective schools. In fact, Esquivel was not the first from LCC to attend Brown. Four other students were admitted last year. In addition to Brown, alumni have attended Cornell, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Sarah Lawrence, and even Stanford.
In fact, Esquivel was not the first from [LaGuardia Community College] to attend Brown. Four other students were admitted last year. In addition to Brown, alumni have attended Cornell, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Sarah Lawrence, and even Stanford.
"If you think that there is any possibility you might want to attend, apply, no matter how out of reach it may seem," advises Esquivel. In addition to Brown, he was accepted at Amherst, Tufts, NYU and others….
Read full story here: From a 2-year college to the Ivy League