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Queens Botanical Garden and LaGuardia Community College to Honor Graduates of New Green Jobs Training Program

              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                

Darcy Hector – Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800, ext. 330

Natalia Argüello – NYDesigns, LaGuardia Community College

Flushing, NY – May 24, 2012 – On Monday, June 4, 2012 at 4pm Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) will hold a graduation ceremony for the latest cohort of its new Green Jobs Training Program. Developed through a partnership with LaGuardia Community College, the program trains unemployed workers and career changers for employment in the emerging green industry.

Launched in October of 2011, the Green Jobs Training Program has provided hands-on training to NYC job seekers in the fields of waste management, green cleaning, and sustainable landscape design. Queens Botanical Garden education staff teaches the program content, using the Garden’s sustainable landscapes and LEED-Platinum certified Visitor & Administrative Building as classrooms. LaGuardia coordinates recruitment, job readiness, special skills workshops, and job placement assistance. The Green Jobs Training Program operates through funding from the Port Authority of NY & NJ.

Beyond the June 4th ceremony the new cohort of graduates will continue to receive ongoing job placement support from LaGuardia. The Green Jobs Training Program has thus far helped secure employment in a variety of fields for 82 former participants, nearly 60% of the total graduates.  

On hand to honor the graduates will be New York City Council Members Peter Koo (District 20) and Peter Vallone, Jr. (District 22). Queens Botanical Garden Executive Director Susan Lacerte will deliver remarks, as well as QBG Senior Museum Instructor and Green Jobs Lead Educator Gennadyi Gurman. Natalia Argüello, Director of NYDesigns, a program of LaGuardia, will speak about the college’s experience with Green Jobs. Philippa Karteron, Executive Director of the Council for Airport Opportunity, will deliver remarks about CAO’s partnership with the workforce development program. Scheduled speakers also include Aisha Smith, an employed graduate of the program and Andy DiMarino, owner of ADM Landscape Corporation.

The ceremony will conclude at 5pm with refreshments on the Terrace of the Visitor & Administration Building, where all parties will be available for comment. For more information about the June 4th graduation ceremony or the Green Jobs Training Program, please contact Darcy Hector at 718-886-3800, ext. 330 or send your email queries to Questions may also be directed to Natalia Argüello at 718-663-8402 or


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 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. For travel directions and more information visit or call (718) 886-3800. Queens Botanical Garden is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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 we proudly carry 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. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. 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. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit to learn more.



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