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January 5, 2012

SUNY Empire State College and Fulton-Montgomery Community College Announce Pathways Transfer Agreement

Empire State College President Alan Davis with Fulton-Montgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger

 State University of New York Empire State College and Fulton-Montgomery 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.

 The Pathways Transfer Program is designed for Fulton-Montgomery 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 Fulton-Montgomery 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 Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduates.

 “The Pathways agreement removes barriers of time and place and makes it easier for Fulton-Montgomery 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 Swanger and his team have done outstanding work in making this agreement possible.”

 “We are very excited about this new partnership as it not only benefits both our colleges, but it’s a terrific benefit for our students,” said Fulton-Montgomery President Dustin Swanger, Ph.D.

Dean Gerald Lorentz, of the college’s Northeast Center, and Irene Norsworthy, mentor/coordinator of the College’s Johnstown Unit were also present for the signing. A Pathways agreement smoothing the way for transfer between the two colleges’ nursing programs was previously signed.

 With appropriate advising, Fulton-Montgomery Community College students may complete up to 80 lower-division credits including the associate degree at Fulton-Montgomery 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, Fulton-Montgomery 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 Fulton-Montgomery Community College

Fulton-Montgomery Community College is located on 195 acres in the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains between Albany and Utica, NY. Fulton-Montgomery is dedicated to providing students with a quality education in an environment that nurtures success. With over 45 degree and certificate programs, we offer small classes, individualized attention, and many diverse programs.

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.

 For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link.




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