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SUNY Plattsburgh and Adirondack Community College Team up to Offer Two Unique Degree Programs

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and Adirondack Community College have teamed up to offer two unique degree opportunities for students in Saratoga, Washington and Warren counties.

ACC President Marshall Bishop (sitting, left) and SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling (sitting right) sign an MOU and announce the new degree programs. Also in attendance were Dr. Shelle Kelz, vice president for academic and student affairs at ACC, and Dr. Robert Golden, vice president for academic affairs and provost at SUNY Plattsburgh. Students will now be able to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology or criminal justice from SUNY Plattsburgh by taking classes at Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, N.Y.

"SUNY Plattsburgh and Adirondack Community College have enjoyed an important partnership for more than 20 years. These new degree programs offer an exciting opportunity for students and strengthen our already strong ties between the two institutions," said John Ettling, president of SUNY Plattsburgh. "This is certainly a win-win-win situation for SUNY Plattsburgh, Adirondack Community College and students in upstate New York."

Dr. Marshall E. Bishop, president of ACC, said, "This agreement represents an opportunity for our students to pursue four-year degrees from Plattsburgh right here. This will extend the partnership with our colleagues to the north, enhance ACC's course offerings and inspire us to develop other joint programs."

The SUNY Plattsburgh Extension Site at ACC also provides courses for master's degrees in education, liberal studies and a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Thomas Corigliano, SUNY Plattsburgh Extension director in Glens Falls, said, "We have the opportunity to expand our mission by offering quality programs in the Saratoga-Glens Falls region, and ACC can increase the programs available to their associate degree candidates."

"The biggest winners are the traditional and non-traditional students in the region for whom a four-year SUNY education is now more accessible," said Corigliano.

The bachelor's degree program in psychology will be open to students who hold or will hold an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts by the time they begin classes for the bachelor's degree. The criminal justice program is intended for students who hold or will hold an associates degree in criminal justice.

Students will be admitted to SUNY Plattsburgh at the junior-year level and attendance may be on a full- or part-time basis. All Plattsburgh State courses will be held on the campus of Adirondack Community College in Queensbury.

The programs also require participation in an extended weekend course on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus during January in the second year of the program. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a SUNY Plattsburgh Bachelor of Arts degree.

Dr. Robert Golden, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said that initial studies indicate strong interest in these programs.

"We are pleased to be able to help students in the region meet their educational goals," said Golden.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2005 semester. For additional information, or to apply for the program, students should contact Tom Corigliano, director of the SUNY Plattsburgh Extension Center at Adirondack Community College, at 518-792-5425 or email him at [email protected]

The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh opened its doors 115 years ago as the state Normal and Training School for teachers. Today, SUNY Plattsburgh is comprised of 35 academic buildings, 12 residence halls and stretches across 300 acres in the City of Plattsburgh on the banks of the Saranac. Plattsburgh State, which is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, offers nearly 60 majors within its three academic divisions of liberal arts and sciences, school of business and economics and education, health and human services.

As part of the State University of New York, Adirondack Community College is a two-year college accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The institution offers extensive Associate degrees and Certificate programs. Situated in the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, the community college is conveniently located in Queensbury between Saratoga Springs and Lake George. Abundant in natural resources, the area is surrounded by numerous ski centers, rivers and lakes and the high peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains. The area is also home to cultural sites such as the renowned Hyde Art Collection, the Lake George Opera Festival and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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