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For Immediate Release: September 26, 2012
Contact: Darren Johnson, (518) 728-4474
Schenectady County Community College To Participate in New York State "Completion Day" on October 3
Schenectady County Community College's President Dr. Quintin Bullock will urge students to complete their degrees and one of SCCC's most intriguing alumni, Dr. Stacy M. Grant, an explosives expert for the Air Force, will Skype in on Wednesday, October 3.
The event is part of SCCC's participation in New York State Completion Day, an initiative of all 37 community colleges in New York state, which have a combined enrollment of 335,000.*
The 30 State University of New York (SUNY) and seven City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges have set aside Wednesday, Oct. 3, to send a simple message: Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year schools. Dr. Bullock's talk, titled "Effective & Transforming Mentoring for Desired Outcomes," will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Stockade 101.
Dr. Grant, who went from earning an AS in Science at SCCC in 2003 to a BS in Chemistry from SUNY Buffalo and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Kent State, will talk to students via Skype starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Lally Mohawk Room. She is the Team Leader in the Air Force's Explosives Properties Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. "We want our students to succeed and be able to achieve their goals through higher education with the degrees they are working towards, said Dr. Bullock. "It's important for us to come together to discuss the College Completion Agenda, strategies, and best practices to help students succeed."
SCCC students will also be asked to sign a large banner in the cafeteria, pledging to seek out advisement on course selection, career planning and support services that will help them reach their graduation goals. New York's two-year schools have each planned multiple Completion Day events. These include campaigns asking students to sign a pledge to complete their degree or certificate program. Campuses will also hold resource fairs to provide information about academic, advisement and financial support services that can help students reach their goals.
At Finger Lakes Community College visiting speaker Isa Adney, author of "Community College Success" (March 2012, NorLights Press), will offer advice for making the most of community college. Her presentation will be made available to the other community colleges via webstream, including at SCCC, starting at 1 p.m. in the Lally Mohawk Room.
The state's community colleges have adopted the slogan of "Commit. Complete. Compete" for Oct. 3 to emphasize that graduation puts students in a better position to compete for scholarships, internships and jobs in an uncertain economy. SUNY and CUNY schools are sharing statistics and information with students to boost the case for completion, such as:
• Students who complete an associate degree can expect to earn $400,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate. For those who transfer and earn a bachelor's degree, the figure rises to $900,000. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
• An August 2012 report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that almost half of the jobs lost in the recession have been recovered and virtually all of those jobs required some form of postsecondary education. (Source: "The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm")
• New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY or CUNY two-year college with an associate degree are guaranteed entry to a four-year SUNY college. (Source: SUNY Transfer Guarantee Program Guidelines, Document Number: 3303)
* Fall 2011 enrollment data, SUNY and CUNY combined
One of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation's largest comprehensive system of higher education, Schenectady County Community College in upstate New York enrolls more than 7,000 students. SCCC offers more than 40 career degree, transfer degree and certificate programs. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to provide affordable comprehensive higher education and adult educational opportunities in response to local educational needs. To learn more, visit www.sunysccc.edu.
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