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Adult and Continuing Education

Division of Adult and Continuing Education

Continuing Education at LaGuardia Community College opens doors to opportunity. As the largest continuing education division among all the CUNY campuses and one of the most comprehensive in the country, we offer a wide range of programs that serve thousands of New Yorkers of diverse cultures, ages, ethnicities, and educational and economic backgrounds. For more information visit

English Language Learning, High School Equivalency & Pre-College

Through our rigorous and high quality High School Equivalency, Pre-College and English as a Second Language programs and courses, we equip you with the knowledge, skills and support you need to achieve your educational goals and move forward in life.

Career Skills & Workforce Training

Our innovative, professional training programs, taught by experts in the field, give you the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience you need to enter into high demand industries, including health- care, technology, finance, construction and more.

Small Business & Entrepreneur Services

If you run a business or are just starting out, LaGuardia’s Small Business & Entrepreneur Services has the resources and support you need to grow your company and be successful. We also partner with employers to promote industry informed workforce development. For more information visit

ACE Advisement Center

The Advisement Center offers support services to help all Continuing Education students seeking enrollment in college studies at LaGuardia Community College to transition smoothly and seamlessly. Services include assistance with applying to LaGuardia, scheduling of placement testing, and registration; referrals to special programs, such as First Year Institute, CUNY Start, ASAP and College Discovery; financial aid and scholarship workshops; and individual and group counseling and academic advisement. Advisement on how to expedite earning college credits through ACE certificate programs, the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) process, and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is also provided. For more information call (718) 482-5355 or email

Adult Basic Skills (ABS)

The Adult Basic Skills Department prepares adult continuing education students to earn a high school equivalency diploma and achieve their college and career goals. ABS offers free and low-cost classroom instruction (reading, writing and math skills) to adults over 19 years of age in both English and Spanish for adult basic education (ABE) and high school equivalency (HSE) preparation. Students also receive advisement services on career and college pathways planning, applying to CUNY, financial aid for college, and registering for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) examination. Classes are offered in the morning and evening. ABS is an official New York State HSE TASC Testing Center. For more information call (718) 482-5385 or email

ASL-English Interpretation Program (AEIP)

The American Sign Language (ASL)-English Interpretation Program (AEIP) is a Bachelor’s level program offered in collaboration with senior institution SUNY/Empire State College. AEIP is a rigorous two-year academic program that prepares selected individuals who are fluent in ASL to become ASL-English interpreters, with a special focus on interpreting in educational settings. AEIP incorporates national interpreter education standards recommended by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). A professional certificate track is also offered. Applications are accepted once a year in the spring. For more information call (718) 289-4185 VP, or email AEIP@lagcc.

Bridge to College and Careers Program

The Bridge to College and Careers Program at LaGuardia Community College helps adults and out-of-school youth prepare for the high school equivalency exam while exploring topics in healthcare, technology or business. For more information call (718) 482-5385 or email

Career and Professional Programs (CAPP)

Career and Professional Programs prepare students for a wide variety of careers, with over 20 certificate and license training courses in areas including tech training, healthcare, bookkeeping and accounting, construction management and more. Working professionals can upgrade their skills in order to advance in their career. Programs range from one month to one year in duration. Instructors are experienced professionals working in their fields. For more information call (718) 482-5481 or email

Career Services

Career Services, comprised of the Career Development Center (CDC) and the Career & Technical Education Assistance Center (CTEA Center), offers assistance to Continuing Education students at LaGuardia with their academic and career needs.

  • Career Assessment, Career Counseling and Advisement

  • Career Readiness Workshops (resume writing, interview skills, maintaining a professional social media presence)

  • College and Job Training Enrollment Support

  • Referrals to Academic and Job Training Programs

  • Employment Assistance (after job training completion) For more information call (718) 482-5355 or email

Center for Contract Training (CCT)

The Center for Contract Training provides customized consultative learning and development services for corporations, public sector agencies and nonprofit organizations. Our expert staff assesses, designs, develops, delivers and evaluates customized training initiatives that support the growth of an organization’s employee skill base. For more information call (718) 482-5330 or email

Center for Immigrant Education and Training (CIET)

The Center for Immigrant Education and Training offers free, contextualized English classes and job training programs, along with career counseling and case management services to low- income immigrant adults. Its goal is to support students in becoming lifelong learners and independent, contributing citizens of New York City. For more information call (718) 482-5460.

CUNY English Language Immersion Program at LaGuardia (CLIP)

The CUNY Language Immersion Program provides intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) studies—25 hours per week for up to one year—to students who have been accepted to LaGuardia or other CUNY colleges and have chosen to defer their enrollment in order to concentrate on improving their English language skills. The instructional format includes classwork, research projects, a range of computer applications, orientation to college, and out of class assignments. The curriculum reflects a holistic approach to language development that integrates listening, speaking, reading and writing, in the context of academic preparation. For more information call (718) 482-5966.

CUNY Fatherhood Academy

CUNY Fatherhood Academy is a free program that helps young fathers between the ages of 18 and 30 who are unemployed or underemployed to earn a high school equivalency diploma while focusing on academic and personal success; prepare for college; get work experience through a part-time job or an internship; explore careers; and learn about important topics such as parenthood, health and financial literacy. For more information call (718) 730-7336 or email

CUNY Start/MATH Start

CUNY Start is an intensive 18-week academic program that provides remedial instruction in academic reading, writing and math for college-bound high school and equivalency graduates. MATH Start, an intensive 8-week program, offers instruction for students who need to increase their math proficiency in particular before starting credit classes. The programs allow students to save financial aid for credit courses and offer advisement on college and career planning. For more information call (718) 482-5137 or email

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/Paramedic/Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Programs (CCMA)

The Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Programs train individuals in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care. New York State certification depends upon satisfactory attendance, successful completion of course exams, and passing of a final exam administered by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Program trains students to become an important member of the medical team who assists the physician with procedures such as taking vital signs, preparing patients for medical procedures, and performing phlebotomy (blood drawing) and electrocardiography (EKG). In order to take the CCMA national certification exam, students must successfully pass all five courses in the program. (Some exemptions are possible.) For more information call (718) 482-5768.

The English Language Center (TELC)

The English Language Center offers non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) programs on a full-time or part-time basis, as well as specialized workshops for skill development and test preparation. Beginning, intermediate and advanced level courses are available to recent immigrants, international students or visitors and others in need of ESL instruction. Students can also practice their English skills using the latest technology in the TELC Media Center. TELC issues I-20s to qualified students. Students who complete the intensive programs are eligible to enter CUNY without taking the TOEFL. For more information call (718) 482- 5360.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

10,000 Small Businesses is an initiative developed by Goldman Sachs to help small businesses across the U.S. grow and create jobs through greater access to business education, support services and capital. LaGuardia Community College is the initiative’s first community college partner. For more information visit www.lagcc.cuny. edu/10ksb/ or email

NYC Welcome Back Center

The NYC Welcome Back Center provides orientation, counseling and career support to internationally trained nurses. In addition to receiving support in obtaining appropriate professional credentials and licenses for the nursing profession, members can also receive assistance in exploring relevant educational programs, job and volunteer opportunities, and alternative career options. For more information email


NYDesigns, a business incubator, helps designers and hardware tech firms grow by providing low cost studio space, business counseling, manufacturing advice and a 5,000 square foot proto- typing facility, all under one roof. For more information visit or call (718) 663-8404.

Opportunity Academy

Opportunity Academy is a training program for construction office administration. Courses are developed and taught by industry experts, and students receive a paid internship as well as career guidance and support to help them with job interviews. For more information call (718) 730-7482 or email

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps New York City businesses—in particular, small, minority and women business owners—market their goods and services to government agencies. For more information or call (718) 482-5306.

Program for Deaf Adults (PDA)

Program for Deaf Adults at LaGuardia Community College is one of the country’s largest and most comprehensive programs for Deaf and Deaf-related postsecondary educational and support services. Students pursuing an Associate Degree are supported by academic, personal and job development counseling; registration assistance, classroom interpreters, tutors and note takers; testing accommodation; and special sections of Basic Skills Reading and Writing taught in American Sign Language. Courses offered under Continuing Education include High School Equivalency Preparation, Adult Basic Education, Driver Education, American Sign Language and more. PDA also offers a Bachelor’s level ASL- English Interpretation Program.

For more information call (718) 482-5324 (Voice) or (917) 832- 1207 (VP) or email

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The LaGuardia Small Business Development Center provides free, one-on-one professional counseling for existing and start-up businesses in English, Spanish and Korean. Areas of advising include how to start a business; legal requirements; business and financial planning; marketing; business expansion; assistance with franchises; international trade and more. For more information visit, call (718) 482-5303 or email

Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Small Business Transportation Resource Center – Northeast Region, located at LaGuardia Community College, helps new and emerging businesses obtain transportation-related contracts. SBTRC provides training and advising on marketing to the DOT and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification as well as short- term lending and bonding assistance. For more information call (718) 482-5941 or email

LaGuardia TechHire-Open Code

LaGuardia TechHire - Open Code is an accelerated training in web development, software development and networking administration to help young adults launch careers in high growth, high demand technology jobs. This is a grant-funded program with scholarships available to eligible individuals, aged 17-29, and delivered in partnership with General Assembly and other industry partners. For more information call (718) 730-7616.

Veterans Workforce Initiatives

LaGuardia Community College is dedicated to serving veterans of all eras and assisting them with the transition into their next phase of life. Veterans Workforce Initiatives facilitates enrollment of veterans into a variety of free and affordable training or pre-college programs while also offering case management and other support services. For more information call (718) 482-5231.

Workforce Education Center (WEC)

The Workforce Education Center provides free vocational skills training; high school equivalency preparation for teens; and youth programs. . For more information call (718) 482-5340.