Guttman Community College
Entrance of Guttman Community College
50 West 40th Street, New York City
|New Community College|
|Type||Public community college|
|President||Scott E. Evenbeck|
|Provost||José Luis Morín|
|Students||700 (as of 2015)|
|Location||New York City, New York, United States|
|Affiliations||City University of New York|
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is the newest of City University of New York's seven community colleges. Located at 50 West 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, it was founded on September 11, 2011 and opened on August 20, 2012 as New Community College. In April 2013 the college was renamed following a $15 million endowment from the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation.
Guttman offers 2-year associate degree programs with majors in liberal arts, business, social work, IT, and urban studies. Students are accepted with either a high school diploma or Certificate of High School Equivalency. The school uses the city as an outdoor, hands-on classroom. Instead of remedial classes, it requires first-year students to take a course called “City Seminar,” which blends math, reading, and writing into lessons about sustainability and immigration in New York.
Guttman was the first new community college established by City University of New York (CUNY) in over 40 years. The planning was begun in 2008 on the initiative of CUNY's Chancellor, Matthew Goldstein. The planning phase was supported by CUNY funds, an initial allocation $8.9 million from the City of New York's annual budget, and donations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Michael Bloomberg's Center for Economic Opportunity. Described by the New York Times as "a multimillion-dollar experiment in how to fix what ails community colleges," Guttman College's academic structure and curriculum were designed from scratch in an effort to improve students' chances of completing their associate degrees and transferring to four-year colleges for further study.
In 2010, the first faculty were appointed and Scott E. Evenbeck, professor of psychology and dean of University College at Indiana University-Purdue University, was named the founding President, taking up his post in January 2011. The college was officially established on September 11, 2011 and opened with its first intake of students in August 2012. The college had, and continues to have, an open admissions policy, provided students have a high school diploma or a Certificate of High School Equivalency. However, unlike any of the other schools within CUNY, applicants are not considered until they have attended a lengthy information session and one-on-one interviews with counselors. Of its initial 4,000 applicants, 504 went through the information session and interviews. Of those, approximately 300 decided to enroll in the founding class.
The college opened under the name "New Community College." In April 2013 following the gift of a $15 million endowment from the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, one of the largest ever donations to a public two-year college, the CUNY Board of Trustees passed a resolution renaming the college "Stella and Charles Guttman Community College."
The Office of Partnerships & Community Engagement (OPCE) works with community partners to provide experiential opportunities designed to support an enriched curriculum and career preparation. Helping to provide New York City businesses and organizations with highly motivated and qualified students, the OPCE seeks to establish lasting connections with professionals and businesses in the New York City area. Community partners – individuals and organizations that are part of the civic, cultural and economic life of New York – are involved in a variety of college activities. Some partners collaborate in multiple ways while others target their efforts within a particular area. These partners include Bryant Park Corporation, CUNY IT Specialists Internship Program, Hale House, Housing Works, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, New York Cares and America Needs You.
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