February 17, 2011

Herkimer County Community College and SUNY Empire State College Partnership Broadens Higher Education Access for Students

HCCC President Ann Marie Murray and
SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis
sign Pathways agreement as members of their staffs look on.

HCCC President Ann Marie Murray and SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis sign Pathways agreement as members of their staffs look on.

(HERKIMER, N.Y. – Feb. 17, 2011) – State University of New York Empire State College and Herkimer County Community College formally entered into a Pathways Program for Community Colleges yesterday at HCCC.

SUNY Empire State College’s Pathways Transfer Program agreement broadens access and opportunity for HCCC students seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Media coverage was extensive and examples are included below. The press release associated with the event follows the news clips.

YNN

Breaking down barriers to bachelor's degrees

WKTV

HCCC enters into partnership with SUNY Empire State College

Utica Observer-Dispatch

HCCC signs onto state’s Pathway Transfer Program

Herkimer Evening Telegram

HCCC, Empire State College sign transfer agreement

Little Falls Times

HCCC, Empire State College sign transfer agreement

WIBX 950 AM

New Partnership Creates Pathway For Bachelor’s Degree

Herkimer County Community College and SUNY Empire State College Partnership to Broaden Higher Education Access for Students

40th Anniversary Logo Herkimer County Community College Logo (HERKIMER, N.Y. – Feb. 16, 2011) – Herkimer County Community College President Ann Marie Murray and State University of New York Empire State College President Alan R. Davis today signed a Pathways Transfer Program agreement which broadens access and opportunity for HCCC students seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree.

The Pathways Transfer Program is designed for HCCC students who have completed or will complete an associate degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.) prior to enrolling at SUNY Empire State College. Through the agreement, all of the credits students earned at HCCC can be transferred toward a bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S. or B.P.S.) at SUNY Empire State College providing a seamless transition for HCCC graduates.

HCCC President Ann Marie Murray said, ““Herkimer County Community College is pleased to partner with Empire State to provide our students with an efficient and innovative pathway to achieving their dreams. This initiative will help our students maintain their connection with our college while completing their next higher education degree.”

“The Pathways agreement removes barriers of time and place and makes it easier for Herkimer County Community College graduates to live and work in their communities while earning a SUNY Empire State College bachelor’s degree,” said Davis. “Our partnership builds on the SUNY system-wide efforts facilitating student transfer, and President Murray and her team have done outstanding work in making today’s agreement possible.”

“Empire State College's Pathways Program for community college students is an important example of SUNY's commitment to strengthening the education pipeline and increasing college completion. And, an educated population is key to economic growth and revitalization," said Chancellor's Deputy for the Education Pipeline and SUNY Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges Johanna Duncan-Poitier. "Students in 15 SUNY community colleges, including Herkimer County Community College, can now seamlessly transfer up to 80 credits toward a bachelor's degree at Empire State College. With Empire State's flexible, distance-based degree options, students can finish college where they live and schedule courses around work and family commitments.”

SUNY Empire State College faculty mentors educate learners online and face-to-face through independent studies, seminars and residencies with 34 locations in New York State. With appropriate advising, students may complete up to 80 lower-division credits including the associate degree at HCCC as long as the courses meet bachelor’s degree requirements. The remaining 48 upper-division credits will be completed at Empire State College.

HCCC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael McCaskey, said “This opportunity will be especially attractive to our non-traditional students, particularly those enrolled in our Internet Academy, who may not have the flexibility in their lives to take traditional college classes. Through this partnership, we are enabling our students with work and family commitments to take that next step toward their higher educational goals while still continuing with their daily lives.”

About Herkimer County Community College

One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Herkimer County Community College offers more than 40 associate degrees and certificate programs designed for career placement and transfer to a four-year college. About one-third of HCCC’s student body studies online through the College’s Internet Academy, which offers 19 complete degree programs, four certificates, and comprehensive online student support services including tutoring, financial aid and advisement. Approximately two thirds of Herkimer’s graduates transfer to continue their education at four-year colleges and universities. Nearly 19,000 Herkimer alumni live and work in all corners of the world. For more information, visit www.herkimer.edu.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please go to suny-empire.esc.edu/40th-anniversary/

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