Guttman Bridge Program

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The Bridge Program will be held August 22-26, 2022.

Convocation & Presidential Instillation will be held on August 29th, 2022.

Joining Guttman Community College represents an exciting new beginning and a journey of self-discovery. To prepare for success in their transition to college, all incoming first-year students are required to complete the Bridge Program, including all assignments, in order to enroll in classes for the upcoming semester.

During Bridge, students are introduced to Guttman’s academic expectations while practicing the strategies and study skills needed to meet them. Participants explore their strengths and challenges as learners, practice academic and professional goal-setting, and gain an understanding of the resources available at the College.

Bridge is also an opportunity to meet and work with Guttman faculty, fellow classmates, and staff, such as the advisor – Student Success Advocate – who provides guidance and support throughout the entire First-Year Experience. Overall, the Program is designed for students to become immersed in the Guttman community.

Meetings & Events

Schedule of Required In-Person Meetings & Events

You will be notified of the time block for your in-person Bridge schedule during the month of July.

Monday, August 22
Exploring Community with Faculty

  • Discuss the Common Read with faculty and peers

LaBSS: Building Community with your Student Success Advocate

  • Learn about the Bridge Program and make connections with your SSA and peers

Technology Workshop

  • Learn how to navigate important academic technology tools such as Guttman email accounts, my.guttman, Starfish, and Blackboard

Tabling Event

  • Connect with Guttman staff (e.g., Information Technology, Financial Aid) and current students (e.g., Student Government Association) to begin building your own Guttman community

Tuesday, August 23
Studying Community with Faculty

  • Learn how to conduct your own research on a community of your choice guided by faculty

LaBSS: Introduction to the First-Year Experience & Learning Communities

  • Learn about Guttman’s unique first-year program and what to expect in your first year of college

Introduction to the Guttman Library

  • Tour Guttman’s Information Commons and hear about all the available resources from Guttman Librarians.

Student Success Workshop

  • Learn about academic strategies that will lead to success in your first year of college

Monday, August 29

Participate in the 2022 Convocation & Presidential Installation. Arrive at BMCC Performing Arts Theater, located at 199 Chambers Street by 8:30 am. Breakfast will be provided.

Hybrid Delivery

Bridge 2022 will be a hybrid program with both in-person and remote activities and assignments. Students will spend Monday, August 22nd and Tuesday August 23rd on campus at 50 West 40th Street. The remainder of the program will be held remotely on Blackboard, an online platform that can be accessed using CUNYfirst. There, students will connect with their classmates, faculty, advisor, and other members of the Guttman community by participating in required asynchronous modules, workshops, meetings, and events.

Monday, August 22nd – Tuesday, August 23rd:

In-person activities on the Guttman campus at 50 West 40th Street.


Wednesday, August 24th – Friday, August 26th:

Asynchronous, online workshops and assignments hosted on Blackboard.

We strongly encourage the use of a desktop or laptop computer for full and effective participation in the Bridge Program. After completing New Student Orientation, students become eligible to borrow a laptop from the College and/or set up a Wi-Fi hotspot for the duration of the Program and their first semester. Additionally, the Robin Hood Foundation has offered support for students that may need support in paying for their internet. For more details, refer to the Resources page.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bridge program, students will be able to:

  • Identify academic and social skills needed for a successful transition to college;
  • Describe how one’s social identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, class) intersect with one’s identity as a college student and as a contributing member of the Guttman community;
  • Apply critical thinking skills by reading and analyzing texts;
  • Conduct research by identifying and using textual and quantitative data; and
  • Use Blackboard, Starfish, Guttman email, and other online platforms to engage in Program activities and communicate with faculty, staff, and classmates.


  • Academic modules that explore the meaning and construction of community through qualitative and quantitative research
  • Assignments in which students author multiple texts, including poetry, analytical writing, reflections, and blogposts
  • Self-assessments that identify educational goals and guide students in creating action plans to achieve them
  • Workshops on mindfulness, time management, professional communication, and various academic skills