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For Immediate Release: May 2, 2012

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SCCC Foundation Hits High Note With $100,000 Contribution for New School of Music Recording Studio

Members of the Schenectady County Community College Foundation this evening announced that the Foundation will contribute $100,000 to equip a new state-of-the-art recording studio, part of a $3.9 million School of Music Addition currently being constructed on the SCCC campus.

"This $100,000 gift to the College represents a cross-section of contributions from individual donors, corporate and business sponsors and annual gifts given in tribute to or in memory of family members, friends and colleagues," said Michael Tobin, Chair of the SCCC Foundation Board of Directors.

The Foundation presented a symbolic check to Dr. Quintin Bullock, SCCC President, and Dr. William Meckley, Dean of the SCCC School of Music. "We are honored to be entrusted with these gifts and to know we are putting them to good purpose, providing a valuable, hands-on educational experience for students in the music program at SCCC."

"This wonderful gift will help us to properly equip our magnificent and attractive new Music building, further bolstering one of our signature programs," said Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, President of SCCC. "Contemporary studios and performance areas with superb acoustics will allow music students hands-on, professional training and further our track record of helping students find jobs in the industry and transfer to top four-year music programs. We are very grateful."

The new recording studio will allow the College to revamp the Music/Business A.A.S. degree program, one of three academic programs within the renowned School of Music, to include a recording and music technology focus. Students will gain hands-on experience in a true recording environment with a post-production studio.

"This most generous gift from the SCCC Foundation will make it possible for us to even further expand and enhance the educational opportunities in the School of Music," said Dr. William Meckley, Dean of the School of Music. "Our students will garner real-world type experiences using state-of-the art music technology in a superb facility. We are humbled to have earned the trust of many close friends and supporters who value the quality musical education offered at SCCC and vow to continue to strive for excellence in all we do for our students."

College officials expect the new addition to be completed in Fall 2012. In addition to the industry-standard live recording studio and control room, the 12,600-square-foot space will house teaching studios, specialized music classrooms, practice rooms and a student lounge.

The Foundation also announced that the $100,000 contribution will be part of a matching gifts campaign. "Our goal is to see this $100,000 matched, and we're calling on everyone who loves music any and all music to help make this happen," Tobin said.

The Foundation hopes to raise the $200,000 needed to purchase electronic equipment, software, and a Yamaha C6, 7-foot grand piano to fully equip the new recording studio. "Additional naming opportunities throughout the School of Music are available," said Carmel Patrick, Executive Director of Development. "We look forward to speaking with potential investors who want to join us in this important initiative."

The School of Music addition will allow even more students studying to become performers, educators and music industry professionals to take classes in the nationally-accredited music program.

The project is equally funded by both the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and Schenectady County. In addition to Music/Business, SCCC offers the Performing Arts-Music A.S. degree and a Music certificate program. SCCC is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, a rare accomplishment for a two-year college.

For more information on giving opportunities, please contact the SCCC Foundation at (518) 381-1324 or patriccr@sunysccc.edu.

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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 over 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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