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CUNY Community College Gets $15-Million Gift and a New Name

The City University of New York’s New Community College will receive $15-million and a new name as part of a combined $25-million gift from the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, the university announced on Monday. The institution, which became the university’s newest community college when it opened with 300 students last fall, is focused on improving graduation rates and preparing students for jobs. It will be renamed the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, in honor of the benefactors. The university said the gift was the largest ever to a community college in the state, and the gift is also believed to be among the largest ever to a public two-year college.

Elizabeth Olofson, the executive director of the foundation, said its work in programs on early childhood education and college access had brought it into contact with many students in the city’s public schools. But when asked how those students fared in college, the programs’ administrators said they did not have the resources to track that information.

“We know the number of public school students who go on to CUNY, especially community college, and we really felt our grant could have an impact on helping these students succeed,” Ms. Olofson said. “That’s where the need was greatest.”

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