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Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
Guttman Community College

50 West 40th Street

New York, NY
Planning Period 2008-2012
Opened August 20, 2012
Type Public
President Scott E. Evenbeck
Provost José Luis Morín
Campus Urban

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College[edit]

The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College located at 50 West 40th Street, Midtown Manhattan, was formerly known as The New Community College. The college accepts students with either a high-school diploma or GED for their associate degree programs. The associate-degree majors offered are Business Administration, Human Services, Information Technology, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Urban Studies. Founded in September 20th 2011, Stella and Charles Guttman is the first new community college the City University of New York (CUNY) has established in over 40 years.[1] In April 2013, the college was renamed in honor of the largest gift given to a New York State Community College from the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation.[2] The college has a differentiated curriculum and calendar, where students are required to attend Summer Bridge, a 12-day program. It is mandatory for students to attend full-time throughout the entire the first-year experience that consists of 2 semesters with 2 sessions, Fall I/II and Spring I/II that last for both 12 and 6 weeks.[3] The founding class began in the fall with a total of 300 students when the institution officially opened doors on August 20th of 2012.[4] On December 11th, 2012, Guttman Community College became an accredited institution.[5]

Founding Class: Second Year Students of Guttman Community College



The planning of the new CUNY Community College began in 2008 and was initiated by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. The goal was to obtain a new educational model for community colleges that would establish growth and degree attainments at CUNY.[6]The Planning Team, lead by Tracy Meade, approached CUNY’s community college faculty members to understand how and what to improve in this education system. The question to be answered was: “In light of what we know today about community college education, what would we do differently if given the opportunity to create a new institution?”[7] The plan was to create a college that helps in each step of the process of entering college, enrollment, applying for financial aid, assessment, and the Summer Bridge Program. In addition, they created a new education model were students are required to attend full-time throughout the first year experience. This was to enhance retention and graduation rates, preparing students for transfer and future employment.[8]

The developing process of the New Community College had two phases. As a result of the first phase, the document A New Community College Concept Paper was completed in August 2008 and it explored the ideas of faculty and staff from across the nation, combining their ideas and experiences.[9] The second phase consisted of designing a new college with the Concept Paper, with the help of the Planning team and Working Committees.[10] November 16th, 2009, a meeting was held in order to explore the pathways that would be provided with the NCC, such as health-related careers.[11] Faculty members from all around the country attended this meeting and approximately 90 guests were present to discuss various issues. The discussion was based off of education for the health workforce, as many of those who are part of the workforce are minorities and CUNY is the foremost institution of health care in NYC.[12] The Summer Bridge Program was discussed as a requirement for all students entering NCC, a time for learning what is expected as well as enhancing their study skills.[13] NCC is an open admissions institution, however, students are required to meet with NCC personnel during the admissions process to better understand the colleges expectations.[14] Pathways to graduation are also a part of NCC. Helping students graduate is the college’s responsibility, adapting to each students needs.[15] NCC decided it would offer resources to support students in terms of financial aid, work-study programs, and scholarships. The college would also provide students with counselors and advisors who will help students develop.

Student Life[edit]

Student Government Association[edit]

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of every student at the college. The members of the SGA devote themselves to advocate for issues that will help improve the educational, social and career development of the students. Beside this, the SGA is responsible for the allocation of student activity fees, shaping policies affecting student life, coordinating extracurricular activities, and chartering new clubs and organizations. [16]The duties of SGA are executed by an elected body. The elected body consists of Senators and Executive Officers: President, Vice President Treasurer and Secretary.

Executive Officers[edit]

  • President- the role the President takes in SGA is convene and preside at general meeting SGA and also executive committee. The President must also serve as a delegate to the Guttman College Council. Guttman inaugural President was Stephen Icaza[17], as of Fall 2013 the President is Alfajo Jallow. [18]

  • Vice President (VP)-The Vice President assist the President in overseeing government responsibilities. The VP also delegate to the Guttman College Council. The VP is also chair of the Clubs and Program Committee. Guttman inaugural Vice President was Sherine Smith[19], as of Fall 2013 the Vice President is Angie Urena. [20]

  • Treasurer-The Treasurer serve as chair of the Finance Committee, maintain the financial records of SGA. Guttman inaugural Treasurer was Alfajo Jallow[21], as of Fall 2013 Samuel Van Der Swaag. [22]

  • Secretary- The secretary must maintain minutes of General, Executive Committee, and special Meetings. Guttman inaugural Secretary was Henesse Molina[23]; as of Fall 2013 the Secretary is Reina Osorio. [24]


At Guttman Community there are four Senators because the number of registered students is less than 500. Senators are responsible to serve as permanent members of one Standing Committee. Guttman inaugural Senators were Paloma Cruz, Cassandra Ortiz, and Richard Persaud[25]; as of Fall 2013 the Senators are Gabby Rosario, Daphney Oliveira, Edgar Gomez, and Jessica Leung. [26]


Guttman Community College has been open since August 2012. Within this time, two clubs have been created and three upcoming clubs are in the process of being created. [27]

Newspaper Club[edit]

The newspaper club at Guttman Community College was the first official club at the college. The newspaper club known as Fast Times N.Y.C. is a digital paper available to students and faculty. [28]When creating the club, the goal of the newspaper was to provide online resources for students.[29]The online paper features different sections, which includes campus life, sports, fashion and an opinion column. The paper is updated on a monthly basis except for the campus life section, which is updated weekly. [30]

Trending News Club[edit]

Fashion Club[edit]

The Fashion Club will be launching in Spring 2014

Fitness Club[edit]

The Fitness Club will be launching in Spring 2014

Art Club[edit]

The Art Club will be launching in Spring 2014


Below are all the resources Guttman Community College offer their students.

Peer Mentors[edit]

Guttman Community College provides students with a peer mentor program. The peer mentor program helps students with both their academic and student life experiences. Peer mentors are current students at Guttman who have completed one year at the college as well as students from another CUNY colleges. [31]There are three different types of peer mentor positions at Guttman: Admissions and Access Mentors, Leadership and Service Mentors, and Academic Success Peer Mentors. Each Peer Mentor is assigned a lead peer mentor who is the group team leader and advisor. Admissions and Access Peer Mentors provide students who are interested in Guttman with a clear understanding of the Guttman College experience and provide assistance with the admissions process. Admissions and Access Peer Mentors hold events such as information sessions and campus tours. During these events they address questions from prospective students about the unique components of Guttman. Leadership and Service Peer Mentors engage students to participate in campus activities and workshops. Leadership and Service mentors create and plan a variety of workshops and activities as well as also collaborate with the Student Government Association to engage student organizations. Academic Success Peer Mentors assist students with general academic support as well as study tips and time management skills to help guide them into a path of a more successful student. Some Academic Success Peer Mentors provide students with study sessions called Meet-ups in particular classes or subjects. Some Academic Success Peer Mentors work with Graduate Coordinators in Studio classes. The Graduate Coordinators are doctoral candidates who teach Studio, a weekly 90-minute academic support session.

Health and Wellness[edit]

Guttman Community College provides students with a Wellness and AccessABILITY office which offer students a variety of mental-and wellness-based services and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities can request accommodations. The Wellness/AccessABILITY office also provides short-term, personal counseling for 30-45 minute weekly sessions.[32]

The One Stop Resource and Benefits Office[edit]

GuttmanCommunity College provides students with a financial support program. The One Stop Resource and Benefits Office connects students with helpful resources. The resources they help provide students with assistance including food stamps, government benefits and housing. [33]

Office of Partnerships and Community Engagement[edit]

The Office of Partnerships and Community Engagement works with community partners to provide students with career preparation.They also create connections with professionals and businesses in New York City to help students who are seeking employment. [34]

Student Success Advocates (SSA’s)[edit]

During students’ first year at Guttman Community College, they work with a Student Success Advocate (SSA) who provides each student with educational support, academic advisement, and counseling. [35]

Career Strategists[edit]

A Guttman Career Strategist is an academic and career success coach. They help guide students towards degree completion and help prepare them to transfer to a baccalaureate program and/or a career. Career Strategists provide students with individual advising, transfer planning, and creation of professional and co-curricular portfolios, career preparation, career-focused scholarship and professional skills training..[36]


Strategic Planning[edit]

In February of 2008 a newly formed team of imaginative, inventive visionaries were charged with the responsibility and development of the City University of New York’s first community college to be opened in over 40 years. The initiative for the creation of this new model came from CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and was to include a curriculum for the attainment of an associate’s degree, through higher education, based upon research and best practices. The leaders of this team were Senior University Dean of Academic Affairs John Mogulescu and Project Director Tracy Meade. By September of 2008 the Concept Paper, laying the foundation, for the New Community College was published and the first Advisory meeting of national experts was held. The following year in 2009, between the months of January and March, the development of majors and the implementation of the college’s educational model are contrived through planning teams and committees established through the New Community College Initiative. [37]

Now, in order for there to be the application of majors to the curriculum here at Guttman Community College the committees and planning teams were to create research proposals for each major being explored. The initial programs of study that were in the running for implementation were as follows:

With each of the above programs of study as the forerunners for the course curriculum here at Guttman there were some viable questions that had to be answered in order for any decisions to be made. These questions covered many different aspects of each major and involved a plethora of statistical data. These eleven key questions are as follows:

  1. Describe the ways in which the proposed program of study is consistent with the mission of the college to prepare its students to be active participants in developing and sustaining the future of New York City.
  2. Describe why prospective college students will be interested in pursuing the program of study and/or describe the ways that significant numbers of students without clearly defined interests might become interested.
  3. Describe how the program of study will both be aligned with employment in fields with substantial openings in the future and provide individuals entering the fields with salaries and benefits that make the acquisition of the credential worthwhile.
  4. Describe how the program of study will equip graduates to qualify for a position in a variety of different employment opportunities related to the field of study and/or qualify them for admission as a transfer student to one or more baccalaureate degree programs.
  5. Explain why a program of study in this major could be designed to ensure that students taking required and elective courses will acquire skills in reading, writing and mathematics.
  6. Describe how the program of study will be complementary to the other proposed programs of study and will contribute to the strengthening of inter-disciplinary connections.
  7. Describe how the new college will be able to recruit and select faculty and staff needed to develop and implement the program of study.
  8. Describe the extent of overlap or duplication of the program of study with existing programs of study at CUNY community colleges and, as necessary, explain why the new program is needed.
  9. Describe the external partnerships that will be developed to support field-based learning for the program of study and provide employment opportunities to graduates.
  10. Describe the special resources, if any, that will be needed to support the program of study.
  11. Indicate whether this program of study is a match with one or more of the CTE schools intended to be partner school with the college.


On May 29, 2009, the planning team and committees, who had been pouring over their research information over the course of the previous year, submitted their Summary of Second Round Research on Majors for a New Community College. This report introduced the overview of majors, as a result of the answers and comments received after the First Round Research Summary, that were decided to be used with the opening of the school in 2011. The overview given below shows the twelve primary majors of interest that were to be carried out with the commencement of the new college:

2nd Round Purposed Majors[edit]

1. Health Sciences[edit]

  • Nursing (AAS)
  • Surgical Tech (AAS)
  • Medical Informatics (AAS)

2. Business & Info Studies[edit]

  • Business Administration (AA/AS)
  • Energy Services Management (AAS)
  • Supply Chain Management (AAS)
  • Information Technology (AAS)

3. Education & Human Services[edit]

  • Teacher (Urban) Education (AA)
  • Human Services (AA)

4. Liberal Arts and Sciences[edit]

  • Urban Studies (AA)
  • Environmental Sciences (AS)
  • Liberal Arts (AA)


Nevertheless, by the time admissions began taking applications and convocation commencing the founding of the New Community College at CUNY (now known as the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College) this list had been narrowed down to five majors overall. As you continue to scroll down the page you will see these offered majors as well as their descriptions, goals and learning outcomes, in addition to possible employment and career opportunities.

Current Majors[edit]


In its broadest sense business handles many different facets of the world around us. Obtaining an associates in business will help one to not only grasp but to understand the importance of this degree when entering the work force. If a person has his/her eyes set on being employed with or owning their own company one day, a degree in business administration will aid them in the strengthening of the proper skill set to accomplish their tasks. With a business degree a person will develop foundations in accounting, finance, marketing, economics, statistics, and human resources. Employers today are searching for newcomers with exemplary budgeting, organizing, planning, and overall management abilities. A few examples of positions available with a business degree are Operations Management, Human Resources Management and General Management. [40]

Business Careers[edit]

Human Services[edit]

When thinking about a career that focuses on the well-being of other people a degree that may be a suitable fit would be a human services degree. Human services are programs or facilities that are introduced to meet the requirements of people who are in need. These requirements may include basic health, welfare, and attending to the poor, sick and elderly. Maintaining a commitment to quality of life, those who decide to enter into a human services degree must be proficient in communication skills and must also be dedicated to the growth and progression of people from all walks of life. Focusing not only on the caliber of direct services, human service professionals also, through improvements in accessibility, accountability, and coordination with others in this field, search for remediation and the overall improvement of the lives of those in society around them. A few examples of the careers one can go into after receiving their education are Occupational therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Health Administration. [41]

Human Services Careers[edit]


Liberal Arts and Sciences[edit]

In a way a Liberal Arts Degree takes the essence of meta-cognition and applies this to most every aspect of everyday life. With a Liberal Arts degree one is educated in many different subjects covering a variety of topics. Such subjects include the social sciences, the humanities and the natural sciences. Each of these fields of studies have applications in the way human beings live their daily lives. The social sciences takes the development and behavior of people in society and applies this to the influences they have on the world around us. The humanities discuss topics such as classic languages and literature, philosophy as well as art and the natural sciences include any organic subject such as biology, chemistry, botany, and physics. Pursuing a Liberal Arts Degree aids in the expansion of an individual’s learning capacity and enhances their ability to think critically and analytically, work in teams, take initiative in addition to creating solutions for issues on a macro and micro level. Careers obtained with a Liberal Arts Degree include Financial Analyst, Social and Community Service Manager and Sales Representative. [43] [44]

Liberal Arts Careers[edit]


Information Technology[edit]

Considering many corporations, institutions and businesses now a days are reliant on the advancement of as well as the ongoing operations of their technological equipment, a strong choice for a degree path would be Information Technology. For anybody interested in and impassioned about electronics an Information Technology Degree will help to build a person’s knowledge base of different programs, databases and infrastructures. With the expansion of ones skill sets these individuals will learn to utilize their new found knowledge in a wide selection of careers. Using technical abilities coupled along with interpersonal talents those with an Information Technology degree will be helping other employees, and possibly employers, navigate their way through a company’s technical infrastructures. Careers with an Information Technology Degree may include Technical Manager/ Enterprise Applications, Software Engineer, and Technology Sales Specialist.

Information Technology Careers[edit]


Urban Studies[edit]

Gaining an understanding of the inner workings of your community, town or city is what an Urban Studies Degree is all about. Using different lens such as economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, literature, and environmental sciences an individual who is pursuing an Urban Studies Degree will learn to confront many issues concerning their local government and urban environments. Through this degree people will sharpen their research, analytical, and solution making skills to then take into a field of their choice. People who may are interested in this degree will learn about historical change, social change, cultural change and will develop insight into how these topics impact an urban environment. Careers attainable with an Urban Studies Degree include Community Organization, Public Administration, and Economic Development.[47] [48]

Urban Studies Careers[edit]



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