Adult Education Program Among LaG CC ‘Jewels’
For more than 35 of the 40 years LaGuardia Community College has been in operation, Jane L. Schulman has been at its division of adult education. At the May luncheon meeting of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce at Dazies Restaurant on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, Schulman called LaGuardia’s adult education division “one of our jewels”, instituted by “entrepreneurial educators”. She introduced Edgar Hernandez, director of LaGuardia’s Procurement Technical Center, or P-Tech, and he in turn introduced a businesswoman who discovered the center and found it to be invaluable.
Schulman described four aspects of LaGuardia. Academic and preparatory programs, the latter including GED, range from testing aids to courses that allow students some educational perspective. Most continuing education programs in other schools are not linked to the degree-granting part of those schools, but at LaGuardia they are considered “aspirational”, Schulman said. One-fifth of continuing education students at LaGuardia go on to academic programs.
Workforce development programs are aimed at the job market. Schulman said that too many adults currently lack skills necessary to meet the requirements of available jobs and LaGuardia is working to change that by training the businesses that apply to them to train their workers. Lately, the emphasis has been on work in sustainability, such as health and environmental programs.
LaGuardia also offers programs for the community that are fee-based but not creditbearing. Finally there are business services. Concerning this last part, Schulman said LaG CC President Gail Mellow has been influential with indoctrinating the concept of “help to the business community”. Business services began with a program of re-contracting with government, in which students learn skills and gain credentials, thus qualifying them to make deals. She said that collaboration with the business community is strikingly realized by 10,000 Small Businesses, which was established for community colleges in 2009. The 10,000 Small Businesses program, of which Schulman is executive director at LaG CC, is funded by Goldman Sachs and is intended to make businesses in the earnings range of $150,000-$4 million more dynamic when their owners are encouraged to expand their experiences and imagination.
Goldman Sachs started 10,000 Small Businesses with LaGuardia, where it has become what Schulman said is a showcase program and “M.B.A. boot camp”. Businesspersons who are already established but seeking better ways of doing things can apply to 10,000 Small Businesses and perhaps be chosen. Thus far, 170 women and men have been through it and 28 are enrolled in the latest class.
Edgar Hernandez, director of the LaG CC Procurement Technical Center (P-Tech), announced that the next P-Tech class would be at the Con Edison Learning Center on Vernon Boulevard on June 8. He introduced Jody Glick, president of Jody Builders Corp., a commercial interior painting company and contractor at 33-01 38th Ave. near Northern Boulevard Glick said she started her business in 1987, aspiring to be a good government contractor. These days, her company specializes in alteration and renovation of government property and exporting expert advice to other contractors in need of it, she said. She heard of P-Tech after getting into business and, realizing it was practically “in my back yard”, signed up for it. Eventually she was gaining the bulk of her business from it. PTech is always there when she needs it, she said, and the amazing thing is that it’s free. Among its other virtues is the “ferment” of