Guttman Transfer Learning Community

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The Guttman Transfer Learning Community (GTLC) is a virtual community that helps prepare current Guttman students for a smooth transition to the 4-year college environment by connecting them with important resources, transfer stories, transfer peer ambassadors, and Guttman alumni who offer lessons learned and personal strategies for success. The GTLC is an excellent tool for Guttman students to begin exploring potential 4-year schools while keeping up with local and national transfer trends.

Where are Guttman students going?

Welcome to the GCC Transfer Map where you will see where Guttman Grizzlies go to pursue their bachelors and graduate degrees. You will also see where Global Guttman students have traveled to. Please note that this map includes self-reported student data and does not reflect all Guttman alumni transfer institutions.

Alexa Henry

Alexa Henry

Guttman Community College
Major:  Urban Studies
Class of 2017

Hunter College
Major: Sociology
Minor: Psychology
Degree pursuit: Bachelor of Arts

Getting Connected – Exploring Greek Life

“It took a long time to adjust to not seeing recognizable faces at Hunter. At Guttman, everyone more or less knew each other and everyone was open to new friendships. At Hunter, I would try to converse with people in my classes and they did not seem open for conversation so I eventually stopped trying. However, I still believed there were people who were as open and friendly as I was. Through social media, I found out that it was rush season for Greek life on campus. I was skeptical about it because I never imagined myself wanting to rush for sorority, but I did. Initially, I rushed for one sorority but did not feel the vibe I hoped for from the group of girls. Then, I rushed for Theta Phi Gamma Sorority Incorporated and I immediately felt the connection I had been searching for all along. As I started to gain more knowledge about the sorority’s core values, I realized I was in the right place. Fast forward to now, I am a representative sister of the organization at feel at home at Hunter. I urge whoever is struggling to transition into their senior college to join clubs on campus. If its Greek Life, then kudos to you, and welcome to the family!”

Carl Headley

Carl Headley

Guttman Community College
Major: Information Technology
Class of 2014

New York City College of Technology
Major:  Computer Systems
Degree pursuit:  Bachelor of Technology

My Experience as a Transfer Peer Ambassador

“Being a Peer Transfer Ambassador has been good for me. I have had the chance to learn from fellow Peer Mentors while working to support current Guttman students who were preparing to transfer. My role was to meet with students and help them through each step of the transfer process. We would discuss what may be the best school for them to attend, how to succeed academically in class, how to budget financially, how to build relationships with faculty and staff. Additionally, we’d talk about ways to get involved on their campus. My biggest recommendation for students who are transferring is to get involved on their campus. Being involved on campus not only helps students build relationships, but it can also lead to opportunities beyond the campus walls. So, when it comes time for future internships/jobs or other opportunities, people can be used as resources for letters of recommendation.”

Isabelle Sanginario

Isabelle Sanginario

Guttman Community College
Major:  Liberal Arts and Science:

Social Science and Humanities
Class of 2016

Brooklyn College
Major: Children and Youth Studies
Minor:  Art Studies
Degree pursuit: Bachelor of Arts

Advocating for Myself at Brooklyn College

“I have learned to advocate for myself at Brooklyn College. If I need help, I talk to the professor before or after class. I always explain what my learning disability is and how to help me in the class or with assignments. I often email my instructor an example of my homework to make sure I do my assignments correctly.  Additionally, I joined a club called S.O.F.E.D.U.P.  It stands for: Student Organization For Everyone, Disability United for Progress.  It is a self-advocacy group to improve accommodations at Brooklyn College.  We address issues like fire safety and adding a bus stop for Access-A-Ride.  I made friends in this club and often seek advice if I needed help finding a department or a place to study.”

Jessica Leung

Jessica Leung

Guttman Community College
Major: Business Administration.
Inaugural Class of 2014

Senior College: Brooklyn College
Major: Business Administration
Degree earned: Bachelor of Arts

Reflecting on my Guttman Experience

“I was a very quiet and before starting at GCC. I was skeptical particularly because it was a brand-new institution at the time. It wasn’t until I joined the Student Government Associate that I opened up enough to take advantage of the many leadership opportunities Guttman had to offer. I was able to get to know the faculty and administration on a more personal level. All of a sudden, I went from being introverted to being much more extroverted. I remember I would visit every floor almost daily just to say hi to everyone in the building. I feel fortunate to have established a close relationship to the Student Government advisor at the time, which in turn helped me land a position as a College Assistant. As a College Assistant, I was able to impart some wisdom regarding my Guttman experience and later my transfer experience.

After I graduated from Guttman, I transferred to Baruch. I spent two semesters at Baruch but found that the college environment wasn’t right for me. I took a semester off, thinking I would find a job, but then decided to transfer to Brooklyn College. It was pure coincidence that Brooklyn College opened the Koppelman Business School in 2011, the same year that Guttman started.  I successfully integrated myself within the Koppelman community y joining the Student Leadership Council, a platform for business students to create clubs and advertise business internships and networking opportunities.”

Phaedra Dimitriou

Phaedra Dimitriou

Guttman Community College
Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences:

Social Science & Humanities
Class of 2017

Hunter College
Major: Psychology
Degree pursuit: Bachelor of Arts

Developing as a Leader

“Coming into Guttman, I had some preconceived notions of what a community college was, but all of those were redefined shortly after my first semester. I truly saw that the emphasis was on creating a community of students and faculty that made the support network easily accessible and truly impactful to the student life.  By the middle of my first year, I had made connections in so many areas of the college that I found work in the I.T. Office on campus. That started my interest in seeing all the facets of the college, and I knew I wanted to be more than just a student here.

Once I transferred to Hunter College to study Behavioral Neuroscience, I found another role at Guttman.  I joined the Peer Mentoring Program during the fall of 2017 and was assigned to LaBSS classes with SSAs. In the spring of 2018, I moved to the Admissions Office where I helped students through Guttman’s multi-step admissions process. Entering Guttman as a first-year student, there was no way for me to foresee the role that this community would have on my life.  I have seen exponential growth in myself and in the school, and I am grateful that I can continue to witness this growth.”

Peer Transfer Ambassadors provide one-on-one and group transfer support by assisting students with all components of the transfer process including: researching college options, exploring major options, navigating transfer applications, reviewing personal statements, and discussing the transition period in anticipation of the first semester at the new college or university. In addition, Peer Transfer Ambassadors help design and facilitate Transfer Bridge workshops for students who will be transferring to a four-year college. These workshops cover tips on navigating academic and administrative matters at the senior college, time management and organizational skills, and getting involved on campus.

Bilal Ali

Name: Bilal Ali
College of Attendance: City College
Major: History
Guttman Email: Bilal.Ali@guttman.cuny.edu

Daniel Tiu Caxaj

Name: Daniel Tiu Caxaj
College of Attendance: Hunter College
Major: English & Biology
Guttman Email: Daniel.Caxaj@guttman.cuny.edu

Zachery Chevere

Name: Zachery Chevere
College of Attendance: John Jay College
Major: Criminal Justice
Guttman Email: Zachery.Chevere@guttman.cuny.edu

Sabrina Ramsahai

Name: Sabrina Ramsahai
College of Attendance: John Jay College
Major: Public Administration
Guttman Email: Sabrina.Headley@guttman.cuny.edu

Want to engage in an online community of people asking and answering all you need to know about transfer?

  • Stay connected by following Advising & Transfer Support on Instagram at @GCC_Advising.
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