SUNY Plattsburgh's Branch Campus Celebrates New Education Center
New Facility to Benefit Students
The housing market may be in a downturn, but the mood at one recent open house was certainly upbeat.
On Jan. 22, SUNY Plattsburgh faculty and staff joined a large crowd to celebrate the opening of the J. Buckley Bryan Jr. Regional Higher Education Center at Adirondack Community College.
The REHC is the new home of the SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus at ACC. The Branch Campus' administrative and faculty offices, as well as classrooms, are now under one roof in a beautifully designed building, equipped with the latest technology.
The center is named in honor of J. Buckley Bryan Jr., a retired airline pilot and lifelong entrepreneur who has earned four degrees at least in part on the ACC campus.
Branch Campus Helps "Place-Bound" Students
"We have experienced incredible growth at the branch campus," said President John Ettling, Ph.D., SUNY Plattsburgh president, who participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "The new facility will help attract students and provide us with an opportunity to look more closely at enhancing and possibly expanding our offerings in the Queensbury area."
SUNY Plattsburgh has had an extension center at Adirondack Community College for more than 20 years. But after careful consideration of the opportunities in the Glens Falls area, the decision was made to turn it into a full branch campus and offer an expanded array of opportunities, including the ability to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees without traveling to the main campus. Currently at the Branch Campus, students can earn undergraduate degrees in criminal justice, psychology, childhood education, management and nursing (online) as well as various graduate degrees in education.
Success Defined by Forward-Thinking Partnership
The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony was emceed by Dr. Ronald C. Heacock, Ph.D., president of Adirondack Community College.
"Ten years of work. Fifty years of dreaming, and now we have this building," said Heacock. "ACC was founded more than 40 years ago to provide quality, affordable educational opportunities for people across our region.
"Our community's investment in this wonderful new facility allows us to partner with our fellow colleges to expand those opportunities to a level local people have been dreaming of ever since."
Risa Palm, the provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York, was on hand for the celebration and noted that the partnership model between ACC and SUNY Plattsburgh is one that other SUNY colleges across the state are looking to as a model. She remarked that many new educational opportunities could be provided to New Yorkers if other schools in the system followed the example set by ACC, SUNY Plattsburgh and Empire State College, the other partner school that is housed in the REHC.
New Facility a Boon for Students
Tom Corigliano, associate dean of the SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus, noted that the new location helps reinforce the college's standing in the region as well as its offerings.
"We are absolutely delighted to be in ACC's new Regional Higher Education Center," Corigliano said. "Not only does this facility give us new state-of-the-art classrooms and excellent office space, it gives the Branch Campus an academic identity and credibility with our students and with the residents in the area.
"Being in the RHEC will allow us to interact more with our students before and after class. The RHEC will, in effect, become somewhat of a home for them on campus. With the lounge areas, students have space to study and work between classes and to meet informally with their faculty. All of which enhances our ability to serve them and meet their needs."
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