Guttman Bridge Program

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The Bridge Program will be held February 21 – 27, 2023

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 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.

Hybrid Delivery

Bridge 2023 will be a hybrid program with both in-person and remote activities and assignments. Students will spend Tuesday, February 21st, and Wednesday, February 22nd  on campus at Bryant Park. 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.

Tuesday, February 21st-Wednesday, February 22nd:

In-person activities on the Guttman campus at Bryant Park


Thursday, February 23rd-Monday, February 27th:

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