LaGuardia Community College’s mission is to educate and graduate one of the more diverse student populations in the country to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens who help shape a rapidly evolving society. Since 1971, students, faculty and staff embraced our founding values: open the doors of higher education to all, ensuring access to underserved and underprepared populations.

The College offers over 60 Associate degree programs in Business, English Literature, Health Sciences, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

According to research from Stanford University, LaGuardia graduates’ socioeconomic mobility rate is 41st in the nation, out of 2,187 colleges. Among all community colleges, LaGuardia ranks 5th in the nation.

LaGuardia’s Division of Adult and Continuing Education is among the most comprehensive in the country, serving 30,000 students annually through certificate programs and other professional development courses. Workforce training programs give students skills and experience to enter high demand industries. With the largest English as a Second Language (ESL) program in New York City, we teach English to thousands yearly. Innovative pre-college programs prepare thousands to earn high school equivalency diplomas, get into college, and enter a vibrant career path. Our business services boost the local economy by helping businesses grow.

As the first community college chosen in 2010 by Goldman Sachs to launch 10,000 Small Businesses, an initiative developed to help small businesses across the U.S. grow and create jobs, LaGuardia helped more than 710 businesses in creating new jobs, securing loans, and negotiating new contracts. Six months after graduation, 68% of the businesses increased their revenue and 49% created jobs. In 2014, Goldman Sachs gave the College a $2 million unrestricted donation. In 2017, the College will complete construction of an on-campus Business Education Center for the program. The 10,000-sq. ft. space received $5 million in grant funding from CUNY 2020, features views of Manhattan, meeting rooms, a business center, and new offices.

The College celebrated the expansion of the Library to nearly 60,000 sq. ft.—a 60% increase of the previous space, including a 75% increase in seating with wired group and individual study rooms and public computers. The renovation of the 100-year-old C-building currently underway includes a critically needed façade renovation that will result in improved energy performance, a lobby upgrade, enhanced outdoor lighting and redevelopment of the rear south lot encompassing installation of a grass courtyard and the planting of 28 new trees. Since the 2008 inception of CUNY’s annual Productivity Awards, LaGuardia has won for best practices and reduction of the College’s carbon footprint on campus.

In 2017, LaGuardia received $4 million in grant funding for STEM CONNECT: Building A Guided Pathway to STEM Success. The grant is funded by the US Department of Education through 2020. For 2017, LaGuardia received $3 million in city funding to build a Center for Career and Employment Training for students to connect to a wide network of employers and access real-time labor market date in their respective industries.

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