PLEASE NOTE: Starting Spring 2021, The Central New York Learning Community is now The Saturday Residency. Please visit the new website for more information.

Central New York Learning Communities

Join Us for an Enriching Academic Experience

faculty and students around a table

Learning Communities are:

  • a unique opportunity to study and network with other students and faculty
  • courses that use a blend of online learning and three virtual meetings enabling busy students to manage the demands of college study, work and other responsibilities
  • an energizing opportunity to learn about careers in the arts, business and human services, internships and other areas of interest
  • an innovative environment created to facilitate and enhance the learning experience for adult learners with noncredit workshops and stimulating guest speakers
  • study with faculty mentors who draw on academic expertise to provide the comprehensive learning that today’s students need.
panel artwork created by Melissa Clary for Root and Tree study
Panels created by Melissa Clary for Root and Tree study.

“The learning communities make you feel right at home; the instructors are so helpful and you meet so many people. I feel that all colleges should have these elements of learning. The presentations that are held at lunch are very informative and delightful. Hats off to Empire State College!” — Latorra Odom, Learning Community Student

“Learning communities are a valuable and fun aspect of learning because students experience face-to-face interaction with each other, learn about what is available from the college from other students and professionals and enjoy lunch while being educated and/or entertained by guest speakers, as well as attend classes or helpful workshops. It gives us a chance to see what other students are studying and how their experiences play into their education here at ESC.”  — Nicole Rand, Learning Community Student

Fast Facts


  • Courses combining online learning with three onsite meetings
  • Virtual meetings creating a sense of community and the opportunity for enrichment through workshops and guest speakers


Fall 2020 Term: Sept. 8 - Dec. 18
Virtual Meetings: Sat. Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5


Online using Microsoft Teams


Deborah McEligot
Learning Community Coordinator

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Deborah McEligot
Learning Community Coordinator
Central New York