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Celebration for the first group of LaGuardia Community College paraprofessional students , May 1971

Fern Khan (at center of photo) and her students who were the first group of students to enroll at LaGuardia. These students were paraprofessionals employed by the Board of Education. The program was funded following an agreement between the [...]

Joe Shenker, founding president of LaGuardia with the first group of students who were paraprofessionals

In 1970, Joseph Shenker was appointed president of what was then still called "Community College Number Nine," which would soon become LaGuardia Community College. Still in his twenties, Shenker brought a youthful optimism and a spirit of [...]

LaGuardia Community College - An Assessment of the Needs of the Western Queens Community, 1980

LaGuardia Community College opened in 1971 but in order to expand outreach and continuing education with the communities it served, this needs assessment of various communities in western Queens was undertaken in 1980. This study was initiated by [...]

Community Service Programs, 1984-85

This selection from the 1984-5 catalog of LaGuardia Community College's Continuing Education division highlights several of the college's offerings for the western Queens community. Of particular note is the school's programming for Deaf adults and [...]

Program for Deaf Adults Newsletter, Winter 1989

This newsletter from Winter 1989 provides a glimpse into LaGuardia Community College's Programs for Deaf Adults department. The newsletter includes interviews with students and faculty, announcements of course offerings, and other news from within [...]

"Post-Secondary Education and the Non-Traditional Deaf Student"

This is the text of a May 1988 presentation prepared by Desiree Duda, academic coordinator of Programs for Deaf Adults at LaGuardia Community College, for the Conference on Post Secondary Education for Hearing Impaired Students. The presentation [...]

"Open Admissions and LaGuardia Community College"

This June 1972 report provides an outside assessment of LaGuardia Community College at the close of its first academic year. The document, which focuses on various aspects of Open Admissions at the college, examines both the observed successes and [...]

"Major Goals, 1987-88"

This 1987-8 report lists the "major goals" of LaGuardia Community College's Division of Adult & Continuing Education. Outlining each of the components within the division, the report highlights the many initiatives of the college, particularly [...]

"A Case Study in Academic Audacity"

Framing this 2002 case study of LaGuardia Community College around the larger conversation of community colleges nationwide, in this article, LaGuardia Professor Joanne Reitano explores the influence of Fiorello LaGuardia, former mayor of New York, [...]

Handbook for Teachers of Deaf/Hard-Of-Hearing Students

This is a handbook that was created for use by professors at LaGuardia Community College who had "a deaf or hard-of-hearing student in his/her class." The guidebook seeks to educate its readers on the realities of life with a hearing disability [...]

LaGuardia's Liberal Arts Program Evaluation, 1972

Written at the close of LaGuardia Community College's first academic year, this assessment of the college provides a sobering account of the difficulties present at the school in its infancy. The report, written by Dr. Carole Leland, examines [...]

"College in Queens Teaches the Deaf"

This New York Times article from September 1984 highlights the efforts of LaGuardia Community College to provide educational opportunities to Deaf students. Written on the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Programs for Deaf Adults [...]

News from The College For Children, January 1986

This January 1986 newsletter from "The College for Children" at LaGuardia Community College provides a brief look into the college's unique program designed for the youth in western Queens. The newsletter includes mention of several course offerings [...]

"On the 20th Anniversary of the Program for Deaf Adults"

This is the text of a presentation given by Fern Khan, former director of LaGuardia Community College's community service programs, on November 8, 1996. Delivered in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the college's Programs for Deaf [...]

LaGuardia's Community Service Programs, 1987-88

This selection from the 1987-8 catalog of LaGuardia Community College's Continuing Education division highlights the college's commitment to serving the western Queens community. The diverse array of programs cater to local children, young adults, [...]

"Breaking Tradition — Planning and Organizing a Conference on Education and Employment Opportunities"

In this article from the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, Robert Jones, a professor at LaGuardia Community College, examines a number of the considerations that are involved in designing and holding a conference aimed at addressing the [...]

"A Community College Examines Its Community"

This article penned by Fern Khan examines LaGuardia Community College's efforts "to become more responsive to the varied needs of its community." This project consisted of an in-depth examination of social and economic characteristics of the [...]

"Education for Deaf Students at LaGuardia Community College"

This article from the CUNY Research Foundation's Annual Report of 1985 highlights the achievements of LaGuardia's programs for Deaf students.

Division of Continuing Education: Annual Report, 1979-80

The Division of Continuing Education at LaGuardia Community College produced this Annual Report for 1979-80. It describes the Division's accomplishments, and the range of programs aimed at the diverse communities served by the college, and makes the [...]

LaGuardia Works: LaGuardia Community College, the First 25 Years

This booklet, published in 1997, tells the story of the first 25 years of LaGuardia Community College, from its conception as "Community College Number Nine" in 1968 through its 1971 opening and beyond. The author describes the social and economic [...]

LaGuardia Community College Division of Continuing Education: General Statement

This undated document details the accomplishments of the Division of Continuing Education at LaGuardia Community College. The division's programs were designed to provide access to higher education for nontraditional learners and to respond to the [...]

"Governor Cuomo Visits LaGuardia CC's Program for the Deaf"

This article published in a CUNY-wide bulletin describes a visit by then-governor Mario Cuomo to LaGuardia's program for Deaf adults. Recognizing the success of the program, the governor pledged $125,000 in funding for the coming year.

Pathways to the Future: Annual Report, 1988-1989

The Annual Report for 1988-89, prepared by the Division of Adult and Continuing Education, details the array of programs developed by LaGuardia Community College staff to expand the educational reach of the college and meet the needs of its [...]

Project Enable: Training Program for Homeless Heads of Household Residing in Hotels/Shelters

This November 1986 report details the activities of a training program for homeless mothers in New York City conducted by LaGuardia Community College's Division of Continuing Education. The program, which covered personal counselling, job training [...]