LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and the College proudly carries forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate, and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students.
LaGuardia Community College’s Division of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) has a distinguished record in serving the community and fostering economic growth. ACE at LaGuardia is the largest continuing education program at a public college in New York City. Offering a wide variety of programs that reflect the diversity of adult, family, community, and business needs in the Borough of Queens, ACE provides quality instruction and services for more than 32,000 continuing education students and clients per year. Through public and private funding and employer contracts, ACE has developed programs for a wide spectrum of the community. ACE serves new job seekers, incumbent workers and professionals, low-income residents, recent immigrants, out-of-school and incarcerated youth, and new and existing businesses.
Solar One’s mission is to empower learning and innovation that result in more sustainable and resilient urban environments. Solar One changes the way people think about energy, sustainability, and resilience by engaging and educating a diverse set of stakeholders and beneficiaries. It delivers environmental education programing to New Yorkers of all ages throughout the five boroughs and beyond. The programs help individuals and communities explore new ways of living and working that are more adaptive to a changing world. Solar One also hosts arts and events along the East River at Stuyvesant Cove Park.
Solar One’s Green Workforce Training Program offers green hard skills technical training and industry recognized certifications tied to green building operations and maintenance and energy efficiency. Solar One delivers courses in active, hands-on formats at a state of the art training lab located in Queens.
Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. Located at the northeast corner of Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, QBG is a private, nonprofit institution that serves one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. Nearly 200,000 people, speaking more than 140 languages and dialects visited the Garden last year. QBG is a resource for the Queens community, providing its visitors with the beauty of its gardens and a range of educational programs and events for adults and school children including classes, concerts, tours, and workshops.
QBG has emerged as a leader in sustainable design. Its award-winning Visitor & Administration Center achieved Platinum LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Garden was also named as a Great Public Space in the American Planning Association’s 2009 Great Places in America program.