JCC Teams Up With SUNY Cobleskill For New Degree Program

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The sign still reads 'Jefferson Community College,' but for some students, JCC is becoming a four year school.

A new agreement with SUNY Cobleskill will allow JCC to offer a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Studies.

It's the sixth bachelor's degree offered at the school, along with six master's degrees and a doctorate degree.

"We have been working at bringing these degrees locally so that people can get them here," said JCC President Dr. Carole McCoy.

Along with SUNY Cobleskill, JCC has partnerships with Keuka, St. John Fisher, SUNY Empire, SUNY Postdam and SUNY Upstate Medical.

"Everybody's not able to get up and move and go to school, so it's nice to be able for us to send people here," said Dr. Debra Thatcher, SUNY Cobleskill's provost.

There is another reason for JCC to partner up with other schools.

Officials say they would like to place a multiple purpose center where the adult care facility currently sits.

They say the more degrees offered, the more students enrolled, meaning, the more need for that center.

"It would be a multi-purpose center, but there also would be about a 30,000 square foot classroom building located with it," said McCoy.

And more classroom space could lead to even more degree options.

"It also opens the doors that there may be other areas of need for programs we have that other schools are not already offering," said Thatcher.

Think of it this way, JCC is still the hometown school - you just get to stay in town a little longer.

Friday, August 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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