The Student Technology Mentors (STM) program, under the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), assists students and faculty in exploring the use of digital media in the classroom. STMs receive intensive training and unique experiences that prepare them for success in education and careers. They work closely with LaGuardia faculty, helping them design, create, utilize and maintain technology-enriched teaching resources. Many STMs have gone on to pursue careers in various technology concentrations at four-year colleges. Several have remained on the center’s staff as instructional design assistants (IDA), ePortfolio consultants, student success mentors (SSM) and peer advisors.
STMs reflect the economic and demographic diversity of the LaGuardia student body. For some STMs, this is a first-time working experience. The STM program eases them into a professional setting and expectations and provides them with crucial work experience. The STM position focuses students' energy at the College and helps them acquire new perspectives on learning and teaching — even as they gain entry-level access to rewarding professional careers. Among our culturally diverse STMs are students born in Afghanistan, Burma, Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, USA, Yemen, Zambia, and many other countries.