May 11, 2011
UPDATE: A photo gallery of the open house for the new Troy Unit is now available here .
(TROY, N.Y. – May 11, 2011) - SUNY Empire State College today held an open house to recognize the college’s brand new 35 th location: 216 River St., Troy, N.Y.
“Troy is a beautiful and historic city and we are pleased to be part of such a vibrant community,” said college President Alan R. Davis. “We opened a new unit in Troy to meet the needs of the community, which advances our education mission, creates a better educated workforce and stimulates the area economy.”
“I want to commend Empire State College for helping students of all ages, backgrounds and situations pursue higher education and the professional accomplishments that a degree can help a person realize. I am hopeful that this new location in Troy will allow even greater educational opportunities to the residents of Rensselaer County,” said Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino. Jimino is an alumna of the college having earned a master’s degree in Social Policy in 2004.
State Sen. Roy McConald at left and State Majority Leader Ron Canestrari at right present a joint resolution congratulating the college for its 40th anniversary at the open house for the Troy Unit.
“The opening of this location is only more evidence on the resurgence of my hometown, the City of Troy. Empire State College provides a great academic resource for people of all ages, and this new unit will help to further strengthen and educate the Capital Region workforce,” said State Sen. Roy McDonald.
“The arrival of SUNY Empire State College to the Collar City brings with it the promise of a better tomorrow for the people of Troy, Rensselaer County and beyond. The college’s presence represents an investment in Troy’s future and reflects SUNY’s steadfast commitment to providing educational opportunities to all New Yorkers,” said New York State Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari.
“Once people visit Troy’s friendly and walkable downtown and see the beautiful architecture, they may come as strangers but leave as friends. I’m happy SUNY Empire State College has decided to open a new unit right here in downtown Troy,” said Mayor Harry Tutunjian.
A distinctive statewide institution within SUNY, Empire State College comprises a community of learners primarily serving adults both onsite and online.
Left to right: Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino '04, President Alan Davis and Troy Major Harry Tutunjian at the open house for the new Troy Unit.
“Through SUNY Empire State College's flexible programs, residents of Troy and Rensselaer County can earn a SUNY degree without leaving their community, during times and at a pace that suits their needs,” said the college’s Northeast Center Dean Gerald Lorentz, who oversees the operation of the new Troy Unit.
During the past four years, the number of learners from Rensselaer County has grown by more than 35 percent.
In the region, more than 2,500 adult learners advance their educational goals through the college’s Northeast Center, Center for Distance Learning and the School for Graduate Studies.
The average age of an undergraduate is 36 years old and a learner enrolled in the School for Graduate Studies averages 40 years old.
At the undergraduate level, learners work individually with faculty mentors to develop a degree plan that suits the needs and goals of the learner.
In addition to the new Troy Unit, the college’s Northeast Center, located in Latham, oversees the operation of the Plattsburgh, Queensbury, Saratoga Springs, Johnstown and Schenectady units.
Currently, three faculty mentors are housed in the Troy Unit. In the near future, two from the Northeast Center and two from the Center for Distance Learning will be housed there.
The unit will eventually house six faculty mentors from both the Northeast Center and the Center for Distance Learning and is projected to serve more than 400 learners.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. 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 35 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, union members and more.
For additional information, visit www.esc.edu . For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link .
David M. Henahan, Director of Communications 518-587-2100, ext. 2918 David.Henahan@esc.edu
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