October 5, 2010

SUNY Empire State College and Hudson River Community Credit Union Partner for Employee Education

Gerald Lorentz, Dean of the Northeast Center, and Sue Commanda, HRCCU Chief Executive Officer

Gerald Lorentz, Dean of the Northeast Center, and Sue Commanda, HRCCU Chief Executive Officer

(QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – Oct. 5, 2010) – Finding time to go to college while balancing a full-time job and a busy life isn’t easy, but employees of one of the region’s credit unions are getting a little help from their employer in overcoming obstacles.

Through a partnership between SUNY Empire State College and Hudson River Community Credit Union (HRCCU), credit union staff will be provided access to an educational model designed to fit the schedule of busy working adults.

“The Hudson River Community Credit Union needs specific programs for their employees, which is what we do best,” said Gerald Lorentz, dean of the Northeast Center of the college. “ SUNY Empire State College crafts individual degree programs that meet particular needs and their particular goals. That’s the goal for HRCCU’s employees and that’s the goal for our students, so this is really a win, win.”

“Education for employees is a critical component of retaining our talent as we grow,” said HRCCU Chief Executive Officer Sue Commanda. “With the complexities of modern life, there is a need for providing flexibility in terms of time and place, which is why our partnership with SUNY Empire State College is a perfect fit.”

Combining options such as online courses, guided independent study and small group studies, affords the credit union’s employees an opportunity to work and learn together. Creating a culture of learning within the workplace is just one of the many supportive directives that Sue Commanda, HRCCU CEO, has accomplished during her tenure with the organization. Providing an employer-sponsored tuition benefit, in-house training and access to higher education are just a few of the many things that Commanda and her team offer to help employees achieve personal and professional goals. It also can be an effective way to recruit and retain good workers, foster employee job satisfaction and improve the overall success of a business.

A formal signing ceremony took place Tuesday, Oct. 5 at SUNY Adirondack’s Regional Higher Education Center, where the Adirondack Unit of Empire State college is also located.

About SUNY Empire State College

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 by removing barriers to their education. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies, and are encouraged and assisted to balance career, family and civic commitments with academic study. They also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. SUNY Empire State College serves more than 20,000 students worldwide with 34 locations in New York state and online. For more information, visit www.esc.edu.

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