December 6, 2011

SUNY Empire State College and Clinton Community College Announce Pathways Transfer Agreement

State University of New York Empire State College and Clinton Community College have formally entered into an agreement that will ease transferability of community college credits to a four-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree at Empire State College.

SUNY Empire State College President Alan Davis

“The Pathways agreement removes barriers of time and place and makes it easier for Clinton Community College graduates to live and work in their communities while earning a SUNY Empire State College bachelor’s degree,” said SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis. “Our partnership builds on the SUNY systemwide efforts facilitating student transfer, and President Jablonski and his team have done outstanding work in making this agreement possible.”

The Pathways Transfer Program is designed for Clinton Community College 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 earned at Clinton Community College can be transferred toward a bachelor’s degree, B.A., B.S. or B.P.S., at Empire State College providing a seamless transition for Clinton Community College graduates

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Clinton Community College President John Jablonski

“We are pleased to join with Empire State College in announcing this transfer agreement,” said Clinton Community College President John E. Jablonski. “It provides a clear roadmap for our students, and it underscores the notion that Clinton is a great place to begin studying for a bachelor’s degree.”  

 Dean Gerald Lorentz, of the college’s Northeast Center, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Cheryl Reagan at Clinton Community College also signed the agreement..

With appropriate advising, Clinton Community College students may complete up to 80 lower-division credits including the associate degree at Clinton Community College as long as the courses meet bachelor’s degree requirements. The remaining 48 upper-division credits will be completed at Empire State College.  In addition, Clinton Community College students can complete their bachelor’s degree without leaving their communities.

 SUNY Empire State College faculty mentors educate learners online and face-to-face through independent studies, seminars and residencies at 36 locations across New York state, including Plattsburgh.

About Clinton Community College

Clinton Community College is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system.  Founded in 1969, Clinton Community College is situated at Bluff Point, approximately four miles south of Plattsburgh. The mission of Clinton Community College is “to provide educational programs that enrich minds, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life in our region.” The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs that support workforce development. Clinton is particularly recognized for its outstanding nursing program and the Northeast’s first and only associate's degree program in wind energy and turbine technology. Noncredit contract training is provided to local business and industry.  Clinton Community College enrolls approximately 2,300 full-time and part-time students.

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The Clinton Community College Campus at twilight.

About SUNY Empire State College
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 nearly 20,200 students worldwide at 36 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 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.

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