The College has reached another milestone by marking its fifth anniversary this fall. We look forward to commemorating this wonderful occasion with a variety of events, including forums, lectures, and open houses during the year.
We have much to be proud of as our model continues to surpass expectations. The three-year graduation rates for our first three graduating cohorts (49%, 44%, 46%) are triple the national 16% average at comparable two-year urban public colleges. As we welcomed our sixth entering class to Summer Bridge and Convocation, the official start of the new academic year, we look forward to graduating an even higher percentage of students in the coming years.
This summer we celebrated the outstanding academic achievements of the 30 Guttman students who were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. We were also delighted that Hector Castillo, a business administration major and Vice President of the Student Government Association, won a prestigious Kaplan Educational Foundation scholarship. This program supports high-potential associate-degree students to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Hector is the first-ever Kaplan Scholar from Guttman Community College since the program’s inception. He is in good company among a cohort of seven CUNY community college students who were chosen this year.
We were disheartened by the September 5 announcement that the Administration plans to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program. While this is a difficult way to begin a new year, we will maintain our commitment to do all we can to educate and support our “Dreamer” students just as The City University of New York has helped support generations of immigrants to attain better lives for themselves and their families.