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  •  Construction Administration Workforce Development Program
    First Graduation of Opportunity Academy Students, New York City School Construction Authority, LaGuardia Community College, and New York City Department of Design and Construction Partnership


    Construction Administration Workforce Development Program


    Program will provide career readiness for LaGuardia students and help support MWLBE contractors enrolled in the SCA’s Mentor Program


    Long Island City, NY—The first cohort of the Opportunity Academy, an innovative construction administration training program that launched in April 2016, will graduate from the program’s first phase on June 23 at LaGuardia Community College. The pilot program was developed by The NYC School Construction Authority (SCA), in collaboration with LaGuardia Community College and The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) to promote career readiness by training LaGuardia Community College students in public construction processes, including procurement, labor law compliance, and the various phases of construction management. This unique program also aims to create a pipeline of highly qualified construction professionals who will be able to gain valuable job skills through an internship experience with certified minority, woman, and locally based business enterprises (MWLBEs) who are enrolled in the SCA’s mentor program.


    The Opportunity Academy is a free program that offers students a stipend during the training and internship phases and can lead to employment opportunities with city agencies or construction companies throughout the city.


    Twenty-nine students will be graduating from a 10-week training program, led by SCA and DDC construction and procurement professionals. As part of the training, students studied various processes and procedures necessary to conduct business with the SCA and DDC from bidding to project closeout.


    The graduating students will be placed in a 42-week internship program with a certified MWLBE firm, as well as various SCA and DDC departments. By working directly with certified MWLBE firms, and staff of the SCA and DDC, Opportunity Academy graduates will have valuable transferable job skills that will allow them to compete as industry professionals.


    All graduates of the first cohort will begin their internships over the summer.


    What: First graduation of Opportunity Academy
    When: Thursday, June 23, 2:00 p.m.
    Where: Little Theater, LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
    Who: Hosted by NYC School Construction Authority, NYC Department of Design and Construction and LaGuardia Community College/CUNY


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    The School Construction Authority was established by the New York State Legislature in December 1988 to build new public schools and manage the design, construction and renovation of capital projects in New York City. The SCA’s mission is to design and construct safe, attractive and environmentally sound public schools for children throughout New York City. We are dedicated to building and modernizing schools in a responsible, cost-effective manner while achieving the highest standards of excellence in safety, quality and integrity.


    The SCA is committed to working with minority, women and local business enterprise (MWLBE) firms. The Business Development Division (BDD) offers a variety of programs to help MWBLE firms grow their businesses and access contracting opportunities at the SCA. Our BDD group recruits firms through community outreach and participation in various minority trade shows, conferences and forums.


    To find out more, or to join us, please visit www.nycsca.org.


    The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s lenses of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, new or upgraded roadways, sewers, and water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $15 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative, and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to city projects. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/DDC.


    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.


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     LaGuardia Community College’s 14th Annual Small Business & Procurement Expo
    Nearly 500 Small Business Owners Network with Gov’t Agencies at LaGuardia Community College’s 14th Annual Small Business & Procurement Expo

    Long Island City, NY (June 20, 2016)— Nearly 500 small business owners networked and explored potential contracting opportunities with government agencies, procurement representatives and prime contractors at LaGuardia Community College Business Services’ 14th Annual Small Business and Procurement Expo, held at the Con Edison Learning Center in Long Island City, NY on June 10.

    LaGuardia Community College’s  14th Annual Small Business & Procurement Expo

    Left to Right: Michael Jones-Bey, Con Edison; Mohamed Hamdan, T-Mobile; Van Thompson, Skanska Gail O. Mellow, LaGuardia Community College; Melinda Katz, President, Borough of Queens; Beth Goldberg, U.S. Small Business Administration; Pamela Newman, ISS Action; Linda Mellon, LaGuardia Business Services; Glen Greene, Granwood Inc.; Robert Chory, Valente Yeast (Photo Credit: LaGuardia Community College.)


    “LaGuardia Business Services continues to play a key role in the establishment and success of New York City small businesses,” said Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College. “Through services and resources, education and training, assistance with government contracting opportunities, and access to capital, we empower existing, new and emerging businesses—helping them to grow and thrive, and in turn support the local economy.”


    Exhibitors at the Expo included the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, Empire State Development, General Services Administration, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New York City Economic Development Corporation, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Department of Transportation, and Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, among others. Participants attended workshops on topics such as accounting for government contracting; alternative financing; sales; and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business certification.


    Queens Borough President Melinda Katz gave the keynote speech at the Expo, which was sponsored by Con Edison, Skanska and T-Mobile.


    "Skanska is committed to working with local businesses on our construction projects. We always look forward to working with LaGuardia Community College Business Services to achieve our mutual goal of supporting small-business owners, especially those right here in Queens,” said Michael Viggiano, Executive Vice President, Skanska USA Civil. “In the long run, programs like these help improve engagement with diverse subcontractors and suppliers and help foster sustainable growth for these companies while supporting our communities and local workforce.”


    “We are proud to host this event once again this year,” said Michael Jones Bey, Director, Supplier Diversity, Con Edison. “Our partnership with LaGuardia Community College Business Services consistently yields positive results. This is a great opportunity for minority and/or women-owned business enterprises to meet representatives from government agencies and private corporations that are committed to increasing expenditures with diverse firms.”


    In addition to organizing this annual Expo, LaGuardia Business Services’ procurement services includes the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), which helps New York City businesses—in particular, small, minority, and women business owners—market their goods and services to government agencies. Since its inception in 1999, PTAC has served over 4,800 businesses; helped create over 4,600 jobs; and assisted clients in obtaining over $250 million in contracts.


    Granwood Inc., an information technology and staffing company, became a PTAC client in 2014, when the company needed assistance breaking into the government contracting market. Working closely with PTAC, by February 2016 Granwood had become an approved MTA vendor, one of only 29 companies selected from over 200 submissions, allowing it to bid on upcoming consulting opportunities within the various agencies of the MTA system.


    And with help from PTAC, ISS Action, a woman-owned security services firm, has been awarded $41 million (including option years) in government contracts since 2009. ISS Action expanded from state government contracts to federal ones, with counsel from PTAC. In December 2011 the company was awarded the Security and Protective Contract for a NASA location in Mississippi. Two years later, it was awarded the prestigious United States Merchant Marine Academy Federal contract for armed guards. And in August 2015, the company was awarded by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey the armed PATH train contract, which utilizes ISS Action armed guards in both New York and New Jersey.


    For more information on PTAC or LaGuardia Business Services contact (718) 482-5329 or business_services@lagcc.cuny.edu or visit www.laguardia.edu/Businesses/Home.

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    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.

     20th Anniversary of CUNY Language Immersion Program
    20th Anniversary of CUNY Language Immersion Program at LaGuardia Community College Marked by First-Ever Scholarship Awards for Outstanding ESL Students

    Scholarships from $75,000 gift from former ESL educator at LaGuardia, Gloria Gallingane

    Long Island City, NY (June 16, 2016)— The CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) at LaGuardia Community College recognized three outstanding English as a Second Language (ESL) graduates, Yessica Armero, Huiling Cai and Abraham Inda, as recipients of the first Gallingane Scholarship Awards at a recent ceremony that marked the 20th anniversary of the CLIP program at LaGuardia.


    20th Anniversary of CUNY Language Immersion Program

    Photo caption: Yessica Armero, Abraham Inda and Huiling Cai (left to right) were honored as the first recipients of the Gloria Gallingane Scholarship at the annual CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) Awards Day on May 27


    CLIP is an innovative language immersion program for students who have been admitted to a City University of New York (CUNY) college, designed to improve their literacy in the English language in order to prepare them for college studies. Students meet for 25 hours a week for one year, taking intensive courses in reading, writing, speaking and listening. More than 4,000 students, including 550 in the 2015-2016 academic year, have been served by CLIP since it first opened at LaGuardia in 1996. The program, which will mark its 20th anniversary on July 1, 2016, is led by Jane Schulman, Vice President of LaGuardia’s Division of Adult and Continuing Education, and Marian Blaber, CLIP Director.

    “We’re very proud to be marking the 20th anniversary of CLIP, which has helped thousands improve their English speaking and writing skills so they can expand their job and educational opportunities. As well, CLIP has helped become a national model for how to help adults improve their English language skills,” said Dr. Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College. “CLIP reflects our commitment to meeting our students where they are with the exact program they need to keep moving forward to realize their personal goals. This generous gift from Gloria Gallingane will help ensure that more of our students are able to realize their potential.”

    More than half of all students at LaGuardia are foreign born and speak over 100 languages natively.

    Gloria Gallingane, a former ESL educator at LaGuardia, made a recent gift of $75,000 to the LaGuardia Community College Foundation to establish the Gallingane Scholarship Award to provide tuition support for CLIP students transitioning to a LaGuardia credit-based degree program, as well as emergency aid to current CLIP students under special circumstances.

    “We’re extremely honored that our colleague, Gloria Gallingane, has established this generous scholarship to support ESL learners,” said Schulman. “This gift reflects her strong belief in the power of education as a means of advancement, and her eagerness to lead by example. Her dedication to excellent instruction and her commitment to helping immigrant students succeed were instrumental in the expansion of ESL services at LaGuardia. Through this scholarship, she continues to set high standards for students and colleagues alike.”

    In 1974, just three years after the college first opened its doors, Gloria Gallingane began teaching as an assistant professor in what was then called the Reading Department (now known as the Education and Language Acquisition Department). She soon began teaching ESL in The English Language Center, eventually being named its director. She also simultaneously led the Freshman English as a Second Language Program. She retired from LaGuardia as an associate professor in 1990.

    “I’m happy to support such deserving students to achieve their educational goals,” said Gallingane. “I am sure they will prepare for a rewarding future through their studies.”

    About the First-Ever Recipients of the Gallingane Scholarship Award for Outstanding ESL Students

    A native of Cali, Colombia, Yessica Armero came to the United States with her family in search of a better life three years ago. After immerging herself in a new culture, she joined CLIP to feel at home in the United States and help navigate life in a foreign country. An avid storyteller, she dreams of traveling the world as a journalist to write the stories of those who cannot speak for themselves.

    Huiling Cai immigrated from Fuzhou City, China almost a year and a half ago to join her husband, who is a local chef. She says the turning point that motivated her to enroll in CLIP was when she tried to apply as a volunteer in Queens Library, she was unable to read the information due to her inability to read English script. She now excels in the program as a straight A student, and is planning on enrolling in human services so she can make a contribution to society.

    Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Abraham Inda immigrated to the United States two years ago in search of better opportunities. A finance major and avid lover of math, Abraham aspires to attain his MBA and ultimately hopes to establish a mutual fund company. His experience in CLIP has translated his love of math into a love of writing, which he says has helped him acquire a higher level of analysis, comprehension, and abstraction which are important skills to use in finance.

    “One year ago, I would never imagine how much different I would think about writing and how much I would improve,” said Inda. “Nevertheless, here I am, writing a $1,000 essay in order to pay for my studies, but principally to improve my writing. CLIP changed my goal of becoming a mathematician to a writer mathematician, which is more challenging, but I like to be challenged.”

    Each of the three Gallingane Scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship for two semesters of studies.

    An additional $1,500 has been allocated as emergency aid to be available for the most vulnerable current CLIP students in any given year. Emergency needs may include funds to purchase MetroCards, books, and other expenses that provide barriers to student success, as determined by CLIP.

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    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.

     Awards Associate’s Degrees to More than 1,500 Graduates at 44th Commencement

    LaGuardia Community College Awards Associate’s Degrees to
    More than 1,500 Graduates at 44th Commencement

     

    Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, long-time champion of higher education, delivered keynote to audience of approx. 10,000

     

    Long Island City, NY (June 13, 2016)—More than 1,500 graduates celebrated earning their associate’s degrees at the 44th Commencement of LaGuardia Community College held earlier today. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, a long-time champion for higher education, gave the keynote address.

     

    Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has been a dedicated advocate on behalf of LaGuardia Community College—having allocated $2.75 million to LaGuardia programs including the development of high-quality, customized technology-driven and entrepreneurial training center.

     

    “We warmly congratulate our graduates for earning their associate’s degrees,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “Many had to balance caring for their children or working (often full-time or several part-time jobs) while attending classes and completing coursework, making this achievement especially meaningful for them. It was wonderful to celebrate their hard work with those who are dear to them, as well as with our faculty and staff who helped guide our graduates towards their degrees and the next chapters of their lives.”

     

    Approximately 10,000 people, including friends and families of the graduates, LaGuardia faculty, staff, and leadership, and CUNY administration, attended the festivities held in The Quad at Queens College.  To view or download an infographic of the LaGuardia Community College Class of 2016 profile, click here.

     

    “Having the graduation at Queens College was fitting because of the synergies between our two colleges, as sister CUNY institutions located in the proud borough of Queens. As well, LaGuardia graduates often transfer to Queens College to pursue their bachelor’s or graduate degrees, so it was beautifully symbolic to mark their sendoff at a college where many may attend in the future,” said Dr. Mellow.

     

    LaGuardia’s Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Arcario, EdD welcomed the graduates, faculty, staff, family, and friends to the ceremony.

     

    The City University of New York was represented by Brian Obergfell, member of the Board of Trustees, and Frederick Schaffer, CUNY General Counsel and Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, who both addressed the graduates.

     

    “It is my honor to join my CUNY Board of Trustees colleagues in wishing each member of the LaGuardia Community College graduating class of 2016 a future of success, health and happiness,” said Trustee Obergfell. “Today’s graduates represent the pride of LaGuardia Community College, the pride of CUNY, and the pride of Queens and New York! We know that each graduate has worked long and hard to overcome many difficulties and challenges, and earning an associate’s degree is a very proud achievement.”

     

    Rachel Chambers, who represented LaGuardia Community College nationally as a face of Heads Up America, a campaign to make two years of community college tuition-free for qualifying students, was the 2016 Class Speaker.

     

    She shared her story of moving from Jamaica to the U.S. at age 16 to pursue her education, and credited LaGuardia’s Young Adult Internship Program with giving her the foundation to pursue her dreams—including encouraging her to enroll at LaGuardia. As well, she credited LaGuardia’s Peer Advisor Academy for keeping her on track towards graduation, and the Kaplan Leadership Program for the scholarship she received that allowed her to focus solely on her education.

     

    As she told her fellow graduates, "Many of us here today have struggled, cried for either sadness or happiness, pushed ourselves beyond the limits we thought we had and with all of that came growth. All of you are in this audience today and now you are graduates of LaGuardia Community College! We continue to break the stereotype against community college students because our success is immeasurable, and we know the changes we will continue to make."

     

    Chambers received her Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities and will attend Emory University in the fall on a full scholarship.

     

    Tiffany Lambert, LaGuardia Class of 2007, gave the alumni speech. Lambert is a vice president in the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs, where she works within the Quantitative and Algorithmic Trading Strats group focusing on interest rate products. Lambert is a member of board of The Carlito's Wish Foundation and the Computer Science Advisory Board of LaGuardia Community College. As well, she works closely with Girls Who Code in coordinating the summer emersion program at Goldman Sachs.

     

    Lambert holds an Associate of Science in Computer Science from LaGuardia Community College and a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from Brooklyn College. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Lambert was a .Net developer for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at the City College of New York.

     

    The LaGuardia Student Choir performed the Star Spangled Banner, arranged and conducted by LaGuardia Associate Professor of Music and Theater, Lisa DeSpain.

     

    Please click here for more information about LaGuardia’s 44th Annual Commencement, or click here to view/download commencement photos.

     

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    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.

     Queens Borough President Melinda Katz to Keynote LaGuardia Community College’s 44th Commencement on June 13, 2016

    Queens Borough President Melinda Katz to Keynote LaGuardia Community College’s 44th Commencement on June 13, 2016

    Queens Borough President Melinda Katz to Keynote LaGuardia Community College’s 44th Commencement
    Photo of a previous year’s Commencement at LaGuardia Community College

    Long Island City, NY—Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will give the keynote address at LaGuardia Community College’s 44th Commencement on June 13, 2016.

    Melinda Katz, a long-time champion for higher education, has been a dedicated advocate on behalf of LaGuardia Community College – having allocating $1.75 million that has allowed LaGuardia to deliver high-quality, customized technology-driven and entrepreneurial training programs.

    Ms. Katz and other distinguished guests will address an expected 1,500-plus graduates and their friends and families who will attend the exercises in The Quad at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, Queens. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. ET.

    Members of the media interested in attending LaGuardia Community College’s 44th Commencement are asked to RSVP by replying to this email or calling (718) 482-5060 or (718) 482-6131 by Friday, June 10th, 5 p.m. ET.

    WHAT: LaGuardia Community College’s 44th Commencement
    WHERE: The Quad at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., at the corner of the Long Island Expressway (LIE) and Kissena Boulevard (Exit 24) in Flushing, Queens, 11367
    WHEN: Monday, June 13, 2016, 10:00 AM
    Press Call: 9:00 AM. Press check-in will be located inside the Q Side entrance of the Dining Hall (look for red canopy above the entrance).
    Note: Parking will be available in Queens College Parking Lots based on first come first serve basis.

    WHO:

    - 1,500-plus graduating students who’ll receive their associate’s degrees from LaGuardia Community College, as well as our graduates’ friends and families
    - LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow, and additional College leadership, faculty and staff
    - Keynote Speaker: Melinda Katz, the 19th President of the Borough of Queens
    - Alumni Speaker: Tiffany Lambert, AS, BS, LaGuardia Class of 2007, a software engineer at Goldman Sachs where she works on the Interest Rate Product team developing high frequency trading systems
    - Class of 2016 Speaker: Rachel Chambers, a Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities major, who has represented LaGuardia Community College nationally as a face of Heads Up America, a campaign to make two years of community college tuition-free for qualifying students


    For more information about LaGuardia’s 44th Annual Commencement please visit: http://www.laguardia.edu/Commencement/

    Media Contacts/ RSVP:

    - Luda Spajic, w (718) 482-5060; lspajic@lagcc.cuny.edu
    - Elizabeth Streich, w (718) 482-6131; m (347) 229-8674 (call/text); estreich@lagcc.cuny.edu


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    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.

     Plans Unveiled for New Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Education Center


    Plans Unveiled for New Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Education Center at LaGuardia Community College

     

    Announced at 20th Graduation of 10,000 Small Businesses in New York—attended by Lloyd Blankfein,
    Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Jack Dorsey and Michael Porter
      

    —New Center Supported by $5M from Governor Cuomo’s CUNY 2020 Program—

     

    Long Island City, NY (June 7, 2016) At an event held earlier today at LaGuardia Community College, which was attended by Lloyd Blankfein, Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Jack Dorsey, and Michael Porter, plans were unveiled for the new Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Education Center located on the LaGuardia Community College campus.

     

    The event marked the 20th graduation of 10,000 Small Businesses in New York, a program created through a partnership between Goldman Sachs and LaGuardia Community College to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and in turn, create jobs and economic opportunity, by providing access to business education, capital and technical assistance.

     

    “Our partnership with Goldman Sachs on 10,000 Small Businesses in New York perfectly aligns our dedication to helping existing small businesses grow their businesses, with our knowledge about the power of education to improve lives,” said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “Our College is devoted to making a positive impact on New York City by promoting workforce development, and, in order to help people get out of poverty and to safeguard the middle class.”

     

    “We are so proud that LaGuardia Community College was our first partner when we launched 10,000 Small Businesses five years ago and that today more than 600 local entrepreneurs have been served through the program,” said Dina Powell, Head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing Business and President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. “Through this important partnership we’ve been able to see firsthand the power of small businesses when they are given the tools and resources they need to grow. This new Center will help continue our mission to spur business growth and economic development.”

     

    In July 2014, Governor Cuomo announced a $5 million award for a new Education Center from CUNY 2020, as part of $55 million in total funding for eight innovative projects involving 20 participating CUNY campuses, which are designed to spark local workforce development and entrepreneurship, with the goal of supporting the creation of more than 3,800 jobs over six years.

     

    The new Center will consolidate and expand the current offerings for 10,000 Small Businesses in New York, at LaGuardia Community College, and is expected to be completed in 2017.

     

    “As interest in our 10,000 Small Businesses program continues to grow, it has become clear that we need a new state-of-the-art center that can serve as a central location for the classes and events designed to spur business growth among participants, as well as expand the number of entrepreneurs served by the program each year,” said Dr. Mellow.

     

    The new 10,000 sq. ft. space will feature two large and five smaller meeting rooms, a business center, and nine offices. “The new north-facing space will have gorgeous views of Manhattan—which we hope will inspire the entrepreneurs as they strive to grow their businesses,” said Dr. Mellow.

     

    It was designed by Ahuja Partnership Architects, a firm that specializes in educational and institutional projects, including several for CUNY over the years. It will be located on the 7th floor of LaGuardia’s “C” building, at 29-10 Thomson Ave. in Long Island City, Queens, on the same floor as LaGuardia Community College’s NYDesigns, an on-campus incubator for startup tech and design companies.

     

    “There’s a lot of synergy between our 10,000 Small Businesses program and NYDesigns, and we selected the location for the new Center to encourage even more collaboration,” said Jane Schulman, Vice President of LaGuardia’s Division of Adult and Continuing Education and Executive Director of 10,000 Small Businesses in New York at LaGuardia. “Some companies in 10,000 Small Businesses decide to rent space in NYDesigns, which allows them to use an onsite laser cutter, 3D printer, and other high-tech tools in NYDesign’s FabLab, or use its procurement and development centers.”

     

    One example of this synergy is the story of Nadira El Khang, originally from Morocco, who graduated from LaGuardia Community College in February 2014 with an associate’s in accounting. While studying at LaGuardia, Ms. El Khang began NadiraBag—a store featuring her unique and fashionable handmade leather bags. She connected with Queens-LaGuardia Small Business Development Center where staff urged her to apply for the Capital One Entrepreneurial program at NYDesigns, a 10-week training for aspiring entrepreneurs, featuring business workshops and mentoring. At the program’s conclusion, Ms. El Khang took home the top prize in the Capital One Student Design Entrepreneur Challenge, which came with $1,000 to put towards her business and additional business counsel from Capital One.

     

    She then rented office space at NYDesigns, where she received counsel on her business plan. After building a thriving e-store on Etsy, she then sought assistance to grow her business and was accepted into 10,000 Small Businesses in New York at LaGuardia. “10,000 Small Businesses helped unlock my fears about expanding my business, and gave me the confidence to broaden my leather goods store from online, to in-person at a pop-up store called Made In Queens,” said Ms. El Khang who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business at Brooklyn College. “The store’s grand opening will be June 15th in Long Island City, and I’m so excited for my future and for the future of NadiraBag.”

     

    Nearly 6 Years of 10,000 Small Businesses in New York at LaGuardia Community College

     

    In 2010, LaGuardia Community College was selected by Goldman Sachs as the first community college in the country for its 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. Since the founding of the program, the program at LaGuardia has trained more than 600 businesses that have created new jobs, secured loans, and negotiated new contracts.

     

    Given the success of the program at LaGuardia, Goldman Sachs expanded 10,000 Small Businesses throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, and to date has established programs in 31 sites worldwide, and has served nearly 6,300 small businesses. The program results have been outstanding. Sixty-nine percent of participants have reported increased revenues within six months after graduating and forty-eight percent of participants have reported creating net new jobs within six months after graduating. 

     

    To learn more, visit https://10ksbapply.com/.

     

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    LaGuardia Business Services represents the many programs at LaGuardia Community College that help entrepreneurs create and retain jobs through specialized programs that provide business advisement and support services, government procurement assistance, education and training,access to capital and more to help businesses grow and meet the needs of the rapidly changing business community. To date, LaGuardia Business Services has helped more than 21,100 small businesses expand and created over 8,900 jobs. Click here.

     

    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.

       

    Architectural renderings of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Education Center at LaGuardia Community College (images provided by LaGuardia Community College and Ahuja Partnership Architects):

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