Vice President of Continuing Education at LaGuardia Community College Wins National Award

Long Island City, NY—October 16, 2014—Jane E. Schulman, Vice President of the Division of Adult and Continuing Education at LaGuardia Community College, has been given the National Leadership Award by the National Council for Continuing Education & Training (NCCET). 
The award is presented to an individual who has contributed to the field of community services programming, continuing professional education, workforce and economic development, or learning technologies, and has demonstrated support for NCCET. 

LaGuardia’s Division of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) serves over 25,000 adults, youth and businesses yearly in a wide variety of workforce development, pre-college and business programs, courses and services.   
“Jane Schulman is a gift to LaGuardia and to our community. She leads one of the most vibrant and effective adult and continuing education programs in the nation,” said Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia. “A member of the college’s pioneering staff, she understands the needs of our community and has launched innovative programs that successfully help thousands of students get the education and skills they need to improve their lives.” 

At the college for over 30 years, Ms. Schulman has greatly contributed to making LaGuardia a city, state and national model in the field of adult and continuing education.  She has secured grant funding of more than $35 million, and created and promoted numerous entrepreneurial programs.  

In 2009, LaGuardia was chosen by Goldman Sachs as the first community college to launch the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. Ms. Schulman spearheaded the development of the program at LaGuardia.  
Today over 400 small businesses have graduated from the program, having grown their companies and created jobs in their communities. 

Other innovative ACE initiatives include the Bridge to College and Careers Program, a contextualized curriculum model that has increased the pass rate for those taking the High School Equivalency Exam and helped them gain access to higher education and employment, as well as several integrated education and workforce training programs that assist underserved populations in developing basic educational and vocational skills simultaneously in order to enter or advance in a professional career and increase their earning potential.  

Ms. Schulman is recognized by the New York State Education Department as a leader in career development and has authored training materials that have been implemented statewide.    

She received her Bachelors of Science in Education from State University of New York at New Paltz and a Masters of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. 

The award was presented at the NCCET annual conference in Denver.