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.

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.

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.

Guttman Student Selected for CUNY Women’s Public Service Internship Program

Continuing student and Urban Studies major Mirella Laure has been selected to participate in CUNY’s Public Service Internship Program for the fall of 2015 semester. Amanda Lopez, Human Services major was named as an alternate.

College Holds First International Credit-Bearing Course

Guttman students traveled to Ecuador for 12 days as part of Guttman’s first credit-bearing independent study course. Accompanying the students were professors Derek Tesser and Katie Wilson. This experiential course (LAS 298: Conservation, Culture, and Conflict in Ecuadorian Ecosystems) visited various sites in Ecuador July 10-22.

Guttman Student Is Contestant on Hispanic College Quiz Show

Ramon Mendez, a Guttman continuing student and Liberal Arts and Sciences major, competed against eight other college students for scholarships as part of the 2015 Hispanic College Quiz Show. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Central City Productions (CCP), the show was taped at Central City Productions in Chicago on July 30, 2015.

Guttman Students Gain Laboratory Experience in CUNY Research Program

15 Guttman students participated in the 2014-2015 CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) that provides funded laboratory experiences for Associates degree students over a one-year period. Students must commit to being part of the program for one full academic year plus the summer. The goal of the program is to encourage undergraduate participation in authentic research and to increase participation in STEM (science, technology, and math). On July 22, all program participants with other CUNY participants (150 students) will present their research findings at the CUNY symposium.

Guttman Students take off for the International Ecuador Program

On July 10, six Guttman students will be traveling to Ecuador as part of the LAS 298 (Conservation, Culture, and Conflict in Ecuadorian Ecosystems) course for 11 days. Accompanying the students will be Professors Derek Tesser and Katie Wilson.

Faculty Member Presents at Summer Forum and Selected for National Leadership Institute

On July 23, Assistant Professor of English Nicola Blake represented Guttman at the Lincoln Center Education’s (LCE) Summer Forum, where she participated on a panel: Action Research: Creating a Community of Practice.

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