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LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—April 28, 2016—Tickets are available for May 2016 theatrical productions of The Sensuality Party and Passing Strange at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, a non-profit professional theater located at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. See prices below. As well, playwright David Rimmer, who teaches English at LaGuardia Community College, will debut his new work, The Reunion Guy, in which audience members will be part of the performance staged as an actual college reunion. In lieu of payment (members of the public are invited to attend at no charge), Mr. Rimmer asks that audience members bring their imagination. Credentialed media who want to attend a performance, or speak with theater directors or artists, should contact Luda Spajic at (718) 482-5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sensual Party, brought to life in common rooms and student unions at college campuses across all 5 NYC boroughs, is a new play written by Justin Kuritzkes. Directed by Danya Taymor, the play portrays six college students – 3 women and 3 men – who reflect on an afternoon of group sex they shared during their first semester, and how what began as a rather casual experiment went suddenly and horribly wrong.
• What: The Sensuality Party • When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM & 7 PM • Where: LaGuardia Community College’s C-Bldg., 29-10 Thomson Ave., C-401, Long Island City, Queens • Price: General Admission: $35 (students with valid ID $10)
Passing Strange, which The New York Times described as “a sprawling work of performance art, complete with angry rants and scary drag queens” when it was performed on Broadway in 2008. Written by singer-songwriter and playwright Stew (Mark Stewart), who describes the piece as “a rock concert with a story to tell,” the piece is written as an autobiography of a young African-American artist who embarks on a journey of self-discovery through Europe.
• What: Passing Strange • When: May 11-21, 2016, 5/12-5/17, 5/19-5/21 at 7:30 PM & 5/18, 5/19 at 2:30 PM • Where: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Little Theater. Entrance on Van Dam St. between Thomson and 47th Aves. (closer to 47th Ave.), Long Island City, Queens • Price: General Admission: $10
The Reunion Guy, an original work written and directed by David Rimmer, who teaches English at LaGuardia, about a guy who goes to other people’s college reunions and the effect he has on the people he meets at the events. Audience members will “attend” a college reunion, featuring refreshments, awkwardness, self-aggrandizement, insecurity, and other usual happenings at school reunions (in the style of the award winning off-Broadway hit, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding).
• What: The Reunion Guy • When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM • Where: LaGuardia Community College, Poolside Café Entrance on Van Dam St. between Thomson and 47th Aves. (closer to 47th Ave.), Long Island City, Queens • Price: Free
For More Information & To Reserve Tickets: Visit LPAC.NYC or call (718) 482-5151
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About the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College Reflecting the College’s values of helping individuals fulfill their potential, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center serves as an arts incubator—offering a creative home for artists to showcase and workshop their pieces before moving onto festivals or other venues. As well, the Center serves as a front door for members of the community to become familiar with the College, and its well-regarded theater program. Productions that spark discussions across cultures and communities about social justice, such as Beyond Sacred, a work about the Muslim culture and experience, are regularly featured at the Center. Additionally, the Center is a site of the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series annual spring and fall productions.
LaGuardia Community College to Provide English Language Skills Training for NY-area Whole Foods Market Employees
Part of Pilot Program in NYC, Miami & Houston, Led by the National Immigration Forum in Partnership with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education, for Retail Employees for Whom English is a Second Language
Ingrid Guzman, originally from the Dominican Republic, has been a Whole Foods Market employee for approx. 10 years. She is studying ESOL at LaGuardia Community College to improve her communication with customers and team members. Here she is holding a photo of one of the expertly decorated fruit tarts she makes as a pastry chef at the Upper West Side store.
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—April 25, 2016—LaGuardia Community College has begun providing English language training, contextualized for the retail sector, for NY-area employees of Whole Foods Market. A pilot program led by the National Immigration Forum, in collaboration with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education and Miami Dade College, the 12-week course is designed to increase English language skills among retail sector employees for whom English is a second language.
“We are very pleased to be working with the National Immigration Forum to provide NY-area Whole Foods employees with the classes they need to improve their English communication skills,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “English proficiency can be a key factor in determining earnings and career advancement for immigrants in New York City, so this kind of investment in skills development is so important.”
Funded by the Walmart Foundation, this program, known as Skills and Opportunity for the New American Workforce, is provided at no cost to these retail employees looking to increase their English proficiency and their career pathways in the retail sector.
Thus far, two cohorts of approximately 20 Whole Foods employees each have begun the program at LaGuardia; four additional cohorts will begin in the next few months, making the potential reach for the program a total of nearly 250 employees.
In the New York area, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training for Whole Foods Market employees is being provided at Westchester Community College in addition to LaGuardia. The program is also being piloted in Miami and Houston ( Lone Star College), with employer partners Publix and Kroger, respectively.
Mark Wilkins, in New York-area leadership of Whole Foods Market, said of the project, “We at Whole Foods are excited to partner with the National Immigration Forum, Westchester Community College and LaGuardia Community College to offer our team members the opportunity to improve their language skills, further enhancing their ability to interact with and serve our shoppers while supporting their families and taking part in the communities where they live and work.”
“We started this training program because the retail sector has one of the highest levels of limited-English-proficient workers, at nearly 1.5 million, approximately half of whom are women,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “Retail companies are eager to get involved, because they understand the profound impact that improved access to educational opportunities can have on advancement, retention, improved work quality and economic success.”
“Community colleges play a vital role in supporting their communities through programs that build the skills of immigrant workers and benefit the businesses that employ them,” said Teresita Wisell, Executive Director of the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education and Vice President of Workforce Development and Community Education at Westchester Community College. “CCCIE is proud to be a partner in this initiative to build a replicable model that can be scaled nationwide, with the opportunity to support retail employees’ personal and career growth and contribute to increased productivity and effectiveness among retailers and the sector as a whole.”
Robust English Language Programs & Contextualized Instruction Expertise at LaGuardia Community College LaGuardia Community College was selected for this initiative, in part, because of its robust ESOL programs, and expertise with contextualized instruction—in which career-focused curricula and industry-based authentic materials are used to teach both basic academic skills, such as English language skills, and technical skills. This retail-focused program emphasizes active listening, industry-specific vocabulary, spontaneous conversation skills, and other workplace skills. Training is centered on building the vocabulary and context employees need to be successful working at Whole Foods Market—increasing customer satisfaction, improving communication with their colleagues and supervisors, and improving safety. “Over the past decade, LaGuardia’s adult education programs have been at the forefront of a national movement to integrate career-based content and ESOL curricula in order to meet our students’ employment-related goals,” said John Hunt, LaGuardia’s Executive Director for Adult Community Learning, Division of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE). “We have found that when ESOL lessons are contextualized to the language that students need in their daily lives, they are highly motivated to come to class and use what they learn right away.”
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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 the National Immigration Forum
The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation. As a part of these efforts, the Forum runs a national program, New American Workforce, that partners with hundreds of businesses to offer their employees citizenship services and English training, at the worksite. Skills and Opportunity for the New American Workforce was launched Fall 2015 as a part this partnerships with business, through New American Workforce.
About the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education
The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education is a national network of community colleges and other professional organizations that have joined forces to increase educational and career opportunities for immigrant students. CCCIE’s mission is to build the capacity of community colleges to accelerate immigrant and refugee success and raise awareness of the essential role these colleges play in advancing immigrant integration in our communities. CCCIE is hosted and led by Westchester Community College in Valhalla, N.Y.
LaGuardia Community College:
Elizabeth Streich, Public Relations Manager, (718) 482-6131; email@example.com
National Immigration Forum:
Cathleen Farrell, Director of Communications, 202-403-4190; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Casner-Lotto, CCCIE Director, (914) 607-5644; email@example.com
To read a New York Daily News article about this program, click here
A student confers with faculty at the Liberal Arts advising table during the LaGuardia Community College Advising Fair. Photo credit: Alan Li, student, LaGuardia Community College
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—April 13,2016—An on-campus student advising fair was held recently in the Atrium of the main campus building (the “E” building) here at LaGuardia Community College, where faculty and staff set-up shop to provide students with information to help them navigate the college’s academic departments, support services, and financial aid opportunities. Advising teams and faculty from across the campus engaged hundreds of students throughout the day, in a fun setting that included games, giveaways, tasty snacks, and more!
“Not only did the advising fair provide a lot of valuable information, but it was fun,” said Tashi Sherpa, a New Media Technology major at LaGuardia Community College. “The many prizes and giveaways seemed to increase foot traffic to the various tables at the fair, where students could learn about the faculty advising teams for their majors – e.g., how to contact their advising team, where to find them on campus, members of the team, etc. People normally don’t want to take advice, but they’re much more willing to do so when it’s an enjoyable experience.” Ten of the most popular activities featured at this year’s fair included:
1. The Wheel of Fortune game, which faculty used to test students’ knowledge about services offered by various campus offices. E.g., where can a student rent a laptop (answer: the Library!); and which office helps students complete their personal taxes (answer: Single Stop!) 2. Single Stop, where students received information about opportunities to apply for free metro cards, groceries, and tax preparation assistance 3. Wellness Center advisers educated students on how to identify and deal with stress, and how to access its counseling, support groups, workshops, and other services 4. LaGuardia Foundation staff informed students about the wide-range of scholarships for tuition and fees, textbooks, and the requirements to qualify for these scholarships 5. Financial Aid representatives gave our information about how to qualify and apply for financial aid 6. Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) faculty advised students about requirements to complete STEM programs at LaGuardia, and about transferring to four-year colleges specializing in their fields of study 7. Business and Technology advisers gave out useful brochures about career opportunities in these fields 8. Liberal Arts advisers informed students about options for transferring to four-year colleges and career paths available to liberal arts majors 9. Education & Language Acquisition faculty provided students with valuable information about programs in Teacher Education, Modern Languages and Literatures, Academic ESL and the skills needed to succeed in their respective fields 10. Last but not least, food and beverage, a small but salient aspect of the advising fair, was very popular. Riko Peruvian Restaurant provided mouthwatering rotisserie chicken and creamed potatoes to students anxiously awaiting their savory, delicious samples
The goal of the 2nd annual advising fair is to keep students on track towards graduation, transfer to four-year colleges, and establish a career. Overall, the fair was a gleaming success!
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Written by Keri Franklin
My name is Keri Franklin and I am an Advertising and Public Relations major at The City College of New York . I graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Spanish Translation & Interpreting . I currently work as a college assistant in LaGuardia’s Department of External Affairs, within the Division of Institutional Advancement.