Guttman Community College is celebrating its fifth anniversary this academic year, and what wonderful five years they have been! We welcomed our inaugural cohort of 289 students in 2012, and now almost 1,000 students call Guttman home. Our fourth commencement on June 19th was the largest so far, with 238 graduates receiving their diplomas. We are extremely proud of our graduates.
During the last five years, our academic program has been very successful, with graduation rates exceeding the national average almost three-fold. The students are engaged in meaningful experiential learning opportunities, including studying abroad as part of our signature Global Guttman program. The College also continues to serve as a model of how a community college can enhance student success through faculty and advisors working with others on campus to ensure students have a hands-on approach to their learning and clear pathways to graduation and beyond.
This anniversary gives us the opportunity to focus on the unique relationship between New York City and our curriculum. We are planning forums with business, civic and community leaders, student civic engagement projects, and open houses. We invite everyone – students, parents, community and government leaders, researchers – to become involved and to get to know Guttman.
Our first five years are the beginning of greater things to come as we look toward moving into our permanent building in several years. We will continue providing students with an innovative, high-impact education and opportunities to become engaged with their city as future leaders.
We invite you to celebrate our milestone anniversary. Check back for details about our five-year commemoration.
Scott E. Evenbeck
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College