Then AND Now
In 2011, LaGuardia Community College celebrates 40 years of opening the doors of higher learning to all. By challenging expectations and daring to do more everyday, LAGCC is at the forefront of momentous shifts in the landscape of higher education in the 21st century.


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LaGuardia Community College thanks The LaGuardia Institutional Archives for contributing not only archival material but also historical knowledge and unparalleled dedication to the College’s 40th Anniversary projects and displays.

Looking into the Future

Then AND Now: The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives

The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives has always set itself apart from other repositories. Unlike others that lock their collections in cold rooms where few venture, ours has always opened its rich collections to faculty and students and those outside the College community. Now it is taking another bold step by reaching out to an even larger audience via the Internet.

But, like every LaGuardia innovation, it all began when a member of the College community asked, "What if?"
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LAGCC Naming Ceremony December 5, 1970

December 5, 1970 is a day that marks a special moment in LaGuardia Community College's proud history: The College's naming ceremony took place, establishing Community College Number Nine as Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College, in honor of New York's most popular mayor, "The Little Flower." LaGuardia was the first community college created within CUNY to be named after such a prestigious historical figure. From the beginning, and in more than name only, we were destined to be unique.
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LaGuardia's M-E Link 40th Anniversary Timeline and Poster Exhibit

Students in Humanities Professor Tom Regan's HUN180 Introduction to Intercultural Communication urban study course attended the opening reception for the latest installment of LaGuardia's M-E Link 40th Anniversary Poster Exhibit in September, and afterwards viewed the College's timeline exhibit on display in the E building lobby. Using the 40th anniversary exhibits as a teaching tool, Professor Regan had the students write essays on what they saw and what they learned from the displays. The following quotes are a selection from their classwork.


"…the poster exhibit takes us back in the past. Photos help the students to understand the history of LaGuardia. We can find many pictures of New York's leaders and supporters. Besides this, the posters demonstrate the real evidence of LaGuardia's guiding principle: to the doors of higher education to all." Ilona Palomeque

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Tune-in to the 40th Anniversary special edition of "LaGuardia News"

The show was written, produced, directed, and edited by Media Studies and New Media Technology students: Holly Celentano, Gary Alvarez, Ammanni Mselle, and Shante Boyd, under the inspiring supervision of WebTV station manager, Tom Seymour. The students have devoted much of their time and energy to their roles on the news team, while taking classes full-time this term, AND holding down part-time jobs.


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Our students are the seeds of the future.

LaGuardia students always dare to do more, they never settle for the status quo. From education to career to personal goals, LAGCC students write their own futures, impacting their communities and society in ways that strengthen our economy and help us build a better world for all. Learn where four current LaGuardia students see themselves at forty.


Maria Munoz

I am Ecuadorian and moved to New York City three years ago. I decided to study at LaGuardia because it would help me develop my English speaking skills. I am an International Studies Major at LaGuardia, and will be studying International Relations, Women's Studies and Economics at Sarah Lawrence College.

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