Empire State College develops credit-bearing programs to meet the specific needs of community organizations that help employees and members advance their education.
The college has partnered with community organizations including:
- AARP: Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning provides educational opportunities to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees for the employees of AARP.
- Association of Healthcare Administrative Professionals: Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning is a partner with the Association of Healthcare Administrative Professionals offering convenient, online associate and bachelor’s degree programs.
- Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Program, 92nd Street Y: The Metropolitan Center’s association with DEL provides students with an interest or background in the performing arts opportunities in single-genre and interdisciplinary studio and academic studies in dance and music at an undergraduate or graduate level.
- Jason Morris Judo Center: SUNY Empire State College's Northeast Center has partnered with the Jason Morris Judo Center to provide busy, aspiring athletes access to associate and bachelor's degree programs.
- Metropolitan Center Cohort Program in Community Health with UFT: This program accepts applicants who have completed an A.S. in nursing elsewhere and are currently registered nurses. Students in this cohort program complete either a Bachelor of Science in community health or a Bachelor of Science in health-care management. Students can get credit towards the degree for life experience and prior learning in all areas of nursing. This program is an excellent choice for nurses who want to complete a B.S. in a supportive group environment.
- New York State Association for the Education of Young Children: Empire State College partners with the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children as part of the college’s childhood development certificate program.
- NYS Association for Superintendents of School Buildings and Grounds: Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning is a partner with the NYS Association for Superintendents of School Buildings and Grounds offering convenient, online associate and bachelor’s degree programs.
- Year Up New York: SUNY Empire State College's Metropolitan Center and Center for Distance Learning have partnered with Year Up New York to offer an innovative program that paves the way for Year Up New York students and graduates to enter the college with advanced standing.