LaGuardia Community College and Apex Technical School Partner to Build Pathways for Students in the Trades Seeking College Degrees

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY (January 25, 2024) — LaGuardia Community College/CUNY and Apex Technical School [] have officially entered into a partnership, marking the beginning of a collaborative effort to enhance educational opportunities for students pursuing trades and seeking college degrees. The agreement, signed by Kenneth Adams, President of LaGuardia Community College, and Steve Markowitz, President of Apex Technical School, establishes the Apex–LaGuardia Pathway—a first phase in a longer partnership between the two institutions.
Under this partnership, LaGuardia Community College will offer two college credits to students enrolled in Apex’s Home Digital Automation (focused on energy efficiency to meet climate goals) and Robotics (technology) programs. The collaboration aims to provide students with a seamless transition from technical training to pursuing college degrees, addressing the evolving demands of today’s job market.
Apex Technical School, known for its hands-on training in the trades since 1961, has been a key contributor to equipping New Yorkers with marketable skills for employment. Licensed by the New York State Education Department, Apex Technical School sees this partnership as an opportunity to facilitate easier access to college education for its students.
“Our partnership with Apex Technical School will go a long way in supporting students obtain their college degree after they graduate,” said LaGuardia Community College President Kenneth Adams. “This is another example of how LaGuardia serves the community and helps New Yorkers with socioeconomic mobility and finding sustainable jobs.”
“Apex students will now have easier access to a college education at one of the best colleges,” said Apex Technical School President Steven Markowitz. “This partnership is creating a pathway to college and help students follow their dreams of earning their degree in an area they are passionate.”
“These are the first of a number of pathways between LaGuardia and Apex that will count for college credit,” said Sunil Gupta, Vice President for Adult Continuing Education at LaGuardia. “We hope this pathway will encourage students to explore the opportunity to enroll at LaGuardia and earn their degree.”
LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC), a Hispanic-Serving Institution, located in Long Island City, Queens offers more than 50 degrees and certificates, and more than 65 continuing education programs to educate New Yorkers seeking new skills and careers. As an institution of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his advocacy of underserved populations. Since 1971, LaGuardia’s academic programs and support services have advanced the socioeconomic mobility of students while providing them with access to a high quality, affordable college education.
Apex Technical School [] is a member of The Fedcap Group []. This international nonprofit, headquartered in New York City, is dedicated to creating opportunities for people with barriers to economic well-being. The work of The Fedcap Group is structured through four major areas of practice: Education, Workforce Development, Occupational Health and Economic Development, each led by experts in the field and delivered through top-tier nonprofit agencies across our growing footprint.

Media Contacts:

Elizabeth Streich | office: (718) 482-6131; cell (347) 229-8674;
Manuel (Manny) L. Romero, Ed.D. | office: (718) 482-5061; cell: (480) 235-3366;
Jim Malatras for Apex Technical School | 212-727-4200;