The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College Story

This is the history of the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College. Established on September 20, 2011, with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s approval of a Master Plan Amendment, the New Community College at CUNY (the original name) was the University’s first new community college in more than 40 years. The second community college in Manhattan was inspired by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein’s interest in improving graduation rates for CUNY’s diverse urban students with a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. “There is no more urgent task in higher education than to find ways to help more community college students succeed,” the Chancellor has said. In June of 2013, the name was changed to the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, as a result of a large endowment from the Guttman Foundation.

American Council on Education Names Nicola Blake to Prestigious Fellowship

Washington, DC (April 13, 2016)—The American Council on Education (ACE), announced today that Dr. Nicola Blake, Program Coordinator of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Guttman Community College/CUNY, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2016-17.

Guttman Students Participate in Newest CUNY Arts Initiative Partnership

As part of the CUNY Arts Initiative, four Guttman Community College students are working with the New 42nd Street College Corps to gain exposure to the art world. They have paying jobs as theater ushers and receive one-on-one mentorship and counseling from the New 42nd Street staff. The College Corps is the most recent addition to the CUNY Arts Initiative, which aims to bring arts into the lives of students and diversify the workforce of NYC’s arts and culture world. The four Guttman participants are Bria Bethea, a freshman majoring in Human Services; Dominick Hull, a Sophomore in the Business Administration major; Elisa Martinez, a Human Services freshman; and Zhane Jenkins, a freshman with a major in Liberal Arts.

Professor Discusses Importance of Family-Friendly Workplace Policies in News Article

Mary Gatta, Associate Professor of Sociology at Guttman, was recently interviewed for a Talent Economy article discussing ways to improve equality and access in gender-dominated jobs. Professor Gatta specifically mentions the importance of implementing women- and family-friendly workplace policies.

Professor Addresses Salary Equity on NJTV News

Mary Gatta, Associate Professor of Sociology, addressed the continuing pay gap between women and men as part of a May 24 NJTV News segment about NJ Assemblywoman Joann Downey’s bill to prohibit employers from screening applicants based on salary history.

College Holds First Global Learning Summit

On May 19, The Global Learning Summit (GLS), a pilot project between Global Guttman and the Office of Partnerships and Community Engagement, was held. The event encouraged students to reflect on their transformative global experiences (8-24 months post travel) and to begin to translate their experiences into marketable skills for the workforce. 62 Global Guttman Alumni from 2014-2016 were invited to the event along with current Guttman students interested in international study. Attendees networked with one another, explored new ideas and insights related to international travel, and completed exercises to establish their global identity and articulate how their experiences can be directed toward developing career opportunities.

Students Give EoW Presentations to Society for Human Resource Management Staff

On June 5, students from Professor Mary Gatta’s Ethnographies of Work class presented their research on the many challenges employees face in the workplace to members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The presentations were part of the students’ semester-long ethnographic research project.

Introducing Luca: Guttman’s Newest Member

Luca the robot, a Lego device with its own computer, was built by first-year students Gulinoz Javodova and Alejandro Lopez and Information Technology Professor Parviz Kermani. Luca, a work in progress, is able to self-navigate on its own through a path directed by different colors. The device has a sensor to measure color and distance and can identify hard surfaces such as walls. The hope is that when the project is over, Luca will be able to measure distance and detect other devices around itself and eventually find its own way in and out of a room.

CUNY’s New Chancellor Visits Guttman

On August 25 CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken, who joined the University on June 1, visited Guttman Community College for the first time.

Professor Discusses Financial Literacy for Students in Article Q&A

Marla A. Sole, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, discusses the best ways to foster financial literary for students in a Q& A with WalletHub (March 29, 2017).

College Confers 68 Associate Degrees after Spring II Session– Exceeds Three-Year Graduation Rate Goal

On August 14, 2015, Guttman Community College conferred 68 associate degrees: 13 were awarded to students from the inaugural 2012 cohort and 55 were awarded to students who entered in 2013. 16 students from the 2013 cohort also graduated with Honors by having cumulative GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

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