Center for Distance Learning

Special Programs and Partnerships

Empire State College’s long experience educating working adults makes the college uniquely prepared to partner with corporations and businesses, government agencies and the military, labor unions and community organizations and associations to provide learning opportunities to their members and employees that lead to a State University of New York degree.

Partnership benefits are available to employees, members and students of partner corporate and community organizations.

The Pathways Transfer Program for Community College Transfer Students is a partnership with community colleges across New York State to provide a seamless transfer into our bachelor’s degree programs for students who have earned an associate degree.

Why partner with Empire State College?

Empire State College was founded to serve nontraditional students, including mature, working adults with additional commitments to family and community.

As a single-source solution for educational and training needs, the college offers its partners:

  • high-quality academic programs
  • affordable tuition
  • flexible, convenient online and/or onsite study options, or blended programs
  • programs leading to state credentials and certifications
  • faculty with in-depth expertise in key industries

Empire State College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

For information about a partnership with SUNY Empire State College contact us at 518-587-2100, ext. 2851 or 800-847-3000, ext. 2851 or

If your employer or organization is already a partner, contact Empire State College for information about becoming a student.

Visit Special Programs and Partnerships to learn more.

Scholarship for Online Students

The Morton Bahr Online Learning Scholarship provides scholarships to Center for Distance Learning students who are union members and their families.