SCCC Fact Sheet

1) Facts About SCCC
2) SCCC Data
3) Accreditation
4) History of the College
5) State University of New York (SUNY)
6) Funding
7) Board of Trustees
8) Advisory Committees
9) County of Schenectady
10) SCCC Foundation
11) Affirmative Action

Facts About SCCC

Schenectady County Community College, established in 1967, is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The College emphasizes high quality academic programs, broad access for students, and responsiveness to the needs of the community. SCCC offers a wide range of transfer degree, career degree and certificate programs. The College has committed, accessible teaching faculty and an attractive campus, located in Schenectady along the Mohawk River - in the heart of the New York State Capital District. Some important facts about the College are listed below. For more detailed information, see the Data Book and the Outcomes Assessment Report.

SCCC Alumni:  15,783
SCCC Degrees Awarded:  17,166
Average Class Size:  21 students.
Student/Faculty Ratio:  26-to-1.
Student Enrollment: Full-time 2,729; Part-time 1,558; College in the High School 2,285; Non-credit & Auditors 866; Total: 7,438.
Gender: Female  55%; Male  45%.
Student (Full time) Average Age:  24 years.
Student (Part time) Average Age:  31 years.
Age Distribution: Under 18 (31%); 18 - 21 (35%); 22 - 24 (10%); 25 - 29 (8%);
30 - 34 (5%); 35 - 39 (3%); 40 - 49 (5%); 50 - 64 (3%); Over 64 (<1%)
Ethnicity: Caucasian 74%; Black 14%; Hispanic 5%; Asian 5%; Other 2%.
County of Residence: Schenectady (59%); Albany (19%); Saratoga (12%); Other (10%)
Faculty: Full-time 66; Part-time 223.
Full-time Faculty Degrees: Doctorate/JD: 18; Master’s 39; Bachelor’s 7.
Degrees Awarded 2013: Transfer degrees (A.S. and A.A. programs) 201; Career degrees (A.A.S. and A.O.S. ) 389; Certificates 109; Total Degrees: 606.
Financial Aid: Federal $19,887,416; state and local aid: $2,958,496; Scholarships: $255,176.
Begley Library: Volumes 74,468 - print; 50,867 e-books; Periodicals 87,022; Sound recordings 3,570; DVD and Video Materials 2,734.
Computers available for Student Use: 1,420.
Campus Size: 50 acres; 5 buildings plus locations at Center City and Richmor Aviation.
College Operating Budget: The College's operating budget for 2013/2014 is
$29.5 million.


For more detailed data about SCCC, see the Data Book, which includes information on student characteristics, graduates, employment statistics, financial data and library collections, and the Outcomes Assessment Report, which contains information about SCCC performance in eight mission areas.


Schenectady County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

SCCC operates as a comprehensive community college under the programs and standards of the State University of New York and is sponsored by Schenectady County. SCCC programs are approved by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York and registered by the New York State Education Department. The College is authorized by the Regents of the University of the State of New York to award associate degrees and certificates. The College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association. The Culinary Arts Associate in Occupational Studies degree program is approved by the American Culinary Federation. The Early Childhood A.A.S. and Certificate programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The College in the High School (SCCC’s concurrent enrollment program) is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

History of the College

Schenectady County Community College was officially established by the Schenectady County Board of Representatives on January 26, 1967, based in part on a study made by a citizens’ committee which showed a need for a community college in Schenectady County. In 1968, Governor Rockefeller appointed four Trustees. Following this, the Van Curler Hotel was purchased by the County and designated as the site for the College.

Located on the western edge of the City of Schenectady, the extensively renovated Van Curler Hotel was transformed into a college, and classes began in September 1969. The building was subsequently renamed Elston Hall in honor of Charles W. Elston. Mr. Elston was a member of the original Board of Trustees and served as chairperson of that board for eight years. Elston Hall houses traditional and electronic classrooms, computer, learning and language labs, science and culinary arts laboratories, the Casola Dining Room, the Van Curler Room, the Lally Mohawk Room, meeting rooms, the College Store, a cafeteria and offices.

In 1978, a multi-purpose building was constructed on campus which houses the Begley Library. This building also houses the SCCC School of Music, designed to meet the needs of students in the nationally accredited music programs, and the Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium, home to musical and theatrical performances and special events.

The campus was further enhanced in 1987 when the Center for Science and Technology (CST) opened. This unique facility contains the College’s physics and chemistry laboratories as well as specialized laboratory facilities for circuits, electronics, vacuum science, and computer networking.

A campus development project was completed in 1992. This added a new student center in Elston Hall, which includes a cafeteria, the College Store, student lounge, recreational space, biology and geology laboratories and 15 classrooms. The South Wing addition to Elston Hall added four new culinary arts laboratories and an expanded restaurant facility, the Casola Dining Room. An enclosed pedestrian bridge connecting Elston Hall with the Center for Science and Technology was also added, providing improved access to the CST.

In the Spring of 2000, SCCC’s new Gateway Building officially opened. The colorful one-story building houses general classrooms, a child-care center, the Gateway Montessori Preschool and offices.

Construction was completed in the Fall of 2001 on the Stockade Building, a three-story academic building that houses computer classrooms, traditional classrooms, lecture halls, conference rooms, Workforce Development, offices and specialty programs. The Stockade Building is connected to Elston Hall and the Begley Library through an enclosed walkway in the heart of campus.

An impressive Culinary Arts Expansion in Elston Hall houses the Casola Dining Room, two culinary arts laboratories, a dedicated kitchen for the Casola Dining Room, a bakery outlet, and a seminar room. The Center for Science and Technology features new labs for Nanoscale Materials Technology.

In Fall 2011, SCCC began offering classes at Center City in downtown Schenectady.

In Fall 2012, the College opened a new $3.9 million, 12,600-square-foot, two-story addition to the Begley Building for the SCCC School of Music. The School of Music includes teaching studios, an industry-standard live recording studio, two specialized music classrooms, practice rooms, recital space, teaching studios, faculty offices and a student lounge.

Also in Fall 2012, College Suites at Washington Square, a new $11 million, 112,000-square-foot student housing building, officially opened. Students live in two- and four-bedroom suites in the new building located directly across from SCCC on Washington Avenue and enjoy amenities including private kitchens, a fitness area, student recreation area, game room, business center, study area and rehearsal space for music students.

State University of New York

Schenectady County Community College operates under the auspices of the State University of New York (SUNY). SUNY’s 64 geographically dispersed campuses bring educational opportunity within commuting distance of virtually all state residents and comprise the nation’s most diverse system of public higher education.

The SUNY Board of Trustees is the governing body of the State University of New York. It consists of sixteen members, fifteen of whom are appointed by the Governor, by and with consent of the New York State Senate. The President of the Student Assembly serves as student Trustee.

Among the authorities of the Board of Trustees is the power to:
-Appoint its own officers, the chancellor, and System Administration senior staff.
-Appoint the president of each state-operated institution, and approve the appointment of statutory and community college presidents by their respective boards.
-Grant all degrees, diplomas and certificates for the completion of studies at any state-operated campus, including honorary degrees.
-Regulate the admission of students, and prescribe qualifications for their continued attendance.
-Regulate tuition, fees and charges, curricula and all other matters pertaining to the operation and administration of each state-operated campus.
-Establish new campuses.

SUNY Board of Trustees

H. Carl McCall, Chairman
Kaitlyn Beachner (Student Trustee)
Joseph Belluck
Henrik N. Dullea
Ronald Ehrenberg
Angelo M. Fatta
Tina Good
Stephen J. Hunt
Eunice A. Lewin
Marshall Lichtman
John Murad, Esq.
Kenneth O’Brien
Kevin Rea
Linda S. Sanford
Richard Socarides
Carl Spielvogel
Cary Staller
Gerri Warren-Merrick

SUNY Administration

Nancy L. Zimpher

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
David K. Lavallee

Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline
Johanna Duncan-Poitier

Senior Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Acting Secretary of the University
William F. Howard

Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs and Planning and Vice Provost
Elizabeth L. Bringsjord

Vice Chancellor for Capital Facilities and General Manager of the Construction Fund
Robert Haelen

Vice Chancellor for Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer
Brian Hutzley

Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
Mitch Leventhal

Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Curtis L. Lloyd

Vice Chancellor for Research & President of the Research Foundation
Timothy Killeen

Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Kathleen Preston

Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Affairs
Jennifer LoTurco

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Government Relations
Stacey Hengsterman

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Advancement
Kaitlin Gambrill

Director of Communications
David Doyle

President, Student Assembly
Kevin Rea

President, University Faculty Senate
Kenneth O’Brien

President, Faculty Council of Community Colleges
Tina Good


Schenectady County Community College is tax-assisted, not tax supported. The College receives operating funds from three primary sources: student tuition and fees; the county in which the student resides; and the State of New York.

Board of Trustees

The College is governed by a ten member Board of Trustees. Five trustees are selected by the Schenectady County Legislature, four by the Governor of New York, and one is elected by the SCCC student body each year. The Board holds a committee meeting and a regular meeting each month at the College, on the second and third Monday, respectively.

Advisory Committees

Affirmative Action
Diversity and Inclusion Ms. Angela West-Davis, Director
Healthcare Professions Opportunity Grant  Mr. Matthew Grattan, Executive Director
Workforce Development Mr. Matthew Grattan, Executive Director

Student Affairs  
Academic Advisement Mr. Michael Mastrella, Director
ADA Transition Services Ms. Susanna Fenlon, Coordinator
Admissions Mr. David Sampson, Director
Career and Transfer Services Mr. Robert G. Frederick, Director
Educational Opportunity Program Ms. Angela West-Davis, Director
Intercollegiate Athletics Mr. Dave Gonzalez, Director
SUNY College & Career Counseling Center Dr. DeShawn McGarrity, Executive Director

Academic Affairs  
Biotechnology Dr. Carlos G. Penaloza, Interim Dean
Criminal Justice  
Early Childhood Ms. Carol DeFries, Dean
Fire Protection Technology  
Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Dr. David Brough, Dean
Human Services/Chemical Dependency Counseling Ms. Carol DeFries, Dean
Library & Instructional Technology Ms. Lynne King, Director
Computer Science Dr. Carlos G. Penaloza, Interim Dean
Music Dr. William Meckley, Dean
Technology Education Dr. Carlos G. Penaloza, Interim Dean


County of Schenectady

Schenectady County Community College is sponsored by the County of Schenectady. Schenectady County Legislators are elected at large within each district to four-year terms in alternating biennial elections.

District 1
Robert Hoffman
Karen B. Johnson, Vice Chair
Michael Petta
District 2
Philip Fields
Gary Hughes, Majority Leader
Jeffrey McDonald
District 3
James Buhrmaster, Minority Leader
Thomas Constantine
Martin Finn
Cathy Gatta
Dr. Brian Gordon, Deputy Chair
District 4
Judith Dagostino, Chair
Anthony Jasenski Sr.
Angelo Santabarbara
Holly Vellano

SCCC Foundation

SCCC Foundation Mission:
The SCCC Foundation exists to raise funds that advance and support the College's mission to ensure student success. To fulfill its mission, the Foundation will identify and strengthen private and public relationships that promote and sustain the College and its community. These relationships enable the Foundation to create opportunities for students through scholarships, investing in faculty development, enhancing facilities, and capital improvement.

SCCC Foundation Vision Statement:
The Foundation’s vision is to provide financial support for all students whose
goal is to obtain a quality education, which will enrich our community with a
well-prepared citizenry and workforce.

The SCCC Foundation Board of Directors listing is in the Alumni, Foundation and Friends section of the Web site.

 Affirmative Action
Affirmative Action Statement
Schenectady County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race and color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or conviction record and predisposing genetic characteristics. This goal reflects the commitment of Schenectady County Community College to provide affirmative action in all areas of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the business of the College.           

SCCC is in full compliance with all applicable rules and regulations pertaining to civil rights for students and employees (e.g., Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).



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