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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.

Whether you want to learn English, earn a high school equivalency diploma, go to college, get job training, begin or advance in a career, or grow your business, we can help you achieve your goals.

  • Expert Instructors

  • Supportive Classroom Environment

  • Diverse Student Body

  • Affordable Programs

  • Scholarships Available for Many of Our Programs

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 reach 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 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.

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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 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 General Educational Development (GED®) examination. Classes are offered in the morning and evening. ABS is an official New York State GED® Testing Center. 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, manufacturing 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 Development Center (CDC)

The Career Development Center is a one-stop office for students currently enrolled in or who have graduated from a Continuing Education program at LaGuardia Community College. CDC helps students identify career goals and next steps, whether it’s college, job training or a basic skills development program.

  • Assistance with the CUNY application process

  • Help with Financial Aid application (FAFSA)

  • Exploration of majors

  • Career assessment

  • Career workshops

  • Support for a successful semester

  • Referrals to appropriate college departments

  • Guidance from counselors

For more information call (718) 482-5355 or email

Career & Technical Education Assistance (CTEA) Center

The Career & Technical Education Assistance Center provides career development services for LaGuardia students. Through established partnerships, industry insight and knowledgeable staff, the CTEA Center offers career advisement, work readiness and job placement services for students graduating from Career and Technical Education training programs. The CTEA Center also collaborates with academic and workforce development faculty and staff to identify and develop work-based learning opportunities for all students.

  • Resume Assistance

  • Interview Coaching/Mock Interviews

  • Real-Time Labor Market Information

  • Work-Based/Experiential Learning

  • Job Placement/Search Assistance

For more information call (718) 482-6031 or email

The CTEA Center and the Career Development Center collaborate with the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) to offer services to LaGuardia credit students. For more information on CCPD call (718) 482-5235 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. CCT's expert staff assesses, designs, develops, delivers and evaluates customized training initiatives to upskill organizations’ employees. 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 or email

Community Health Worker Training Program

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are public health professionals whose main responsibility is to help bridge gaps between different populations and healthcare or social service systems by providing outreach, basic health education, referrals and follow-up service, case management and home visiting services. The current Community Health Worker program trains English language learners to become CHWs. For more information call (718) 730-7616 or email

Credits for Success

Credits for Success is an initiative to enable students to earn college credit for knowledge, skills and credentials acquired through life and work experiences. Credits for Success allows students to save time and money while getting a degree. Scholarships are available for eligible applicants. For more information visit or email

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—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. CLIP is a low-cost program that helps students improve their academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English. Students also receive assistance transitioning to credit-bearing classes after studying in CLIP, including applying for financial aid and scholarships, and have access to career pathways workshops, guidance from counselors and more. For more information call (718) 482-5966 or email

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 (347) 840-0266 or email

CUNY Start/MATH Start

CUNY Start is an intensive 18-week academic program that provides developmental 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 students 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 or email

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 classes 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 or email

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

Mental Health Peer Specialist Training Program

The Mental Health Peer Specialist Training Program trains individuals with lived experience with mental health challenges and/or trauma to become peer support workers in the human services sector. The program, which is offered at no cost for eligible participants, includes NY State certification preparation, an internship, employment readiness training and placement assistance, and a stipend for completion of the entire program, including the internship. For more information visit 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 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 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 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 – OpenCode is no longer recruiting. However, there are opportunities to hire program graduates for internships or part-time and full-time employment. Software Engineer bootcamp students completed an intense, accelerated training provided in partnership with industry leaders General Assembly, Software Guild & Udacity. IT/Networking students prepared for certification in CompTIA A+ and Network+. For more information visit or email

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 or email

Workforce Development Programs

Current Workforce Development Programs span the fields of technology and construction and include the Data Analytics and Data Science Program, Web Development Program, Electrical 1 Training Program and Plumbing 1 Training Program. For more information on the Data Analytics and Web Development programs email and on the Electrical 1 and Plumbing 1 programs call (718) 482-5231 or email

Workforce Education Center (WEC)

The Workforce Education Center runs the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and the free Pathways to Graduation Program (High School Equivalency for ages 17 – 21). For more information call (718) 482-5340 or email (for SYEP) or (for Pathways).