New York, NY – December 5, 2018 –Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, part of The City University of New York, was honored at Robin Hood’s 29th annual Heroes Breakfast on December 4 along with two other organizations—Good Call and NEW (Non-traditional Employment for Women)—as exemplars of Robin Hood’s work to combat poverty. Robin Hood selected Guttman alumnus Bobby Ashley as the face of Guttman for this award.
Guttman was recognized for its extraordinary success using innovative approaches to help ensure brighter futures for many of the city’s low income and struggling students. Robin Hood supports Guttman’s signature two-week required Summer Bridge program for incoming students to transition successfully from high school to college. Bobby Ashley, a member of Guttman’s inaugural class and a graduate of the class of 2014, gave an inspirational talk about always wanting to be a filmmaker and crediting Guttman with helping him gain confidence and find his artistic voice. “Guttman really is about community. I was learning from my classmates and my teachers to be a better artist,” he commented.
Since he graduated from Guttman, Bobby went on the complete a bachelor’s degree in filmmaking at Brooklyn College. His first series, “The Ave,” on Amazon Prime Video, has had more than 20 million views so far.
Scott Evenbeck, President of Guttman, says that “The support of Robin Hood has been critical for Guttman Community College. Students get off to a great start at our College, and Robin Hood has made that possible. Robin Hood’s impact in making our city a better place and stressing measurable outcomes have been transformational for New York City. It is humbling for Guttman to be named a Robin Hood Hero.”
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College’s three-year graduation rates are significantly higher than the national rate of 18% at urban community colleges. It was ranked the #1 community college in New York State in 2018 by BestColleges.com. The College offers associate degree programs as part of an innovative model with an emphasis on experiential education, the adoption of learning communities and instructional teams, and a strong value placed on being simultaneously “high tech” and “high touch.”