Partnership Brings Doctoral Program To JCC

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With the stroke of a pen and a handshake, it's now official.

Beginning this May, students can earn an education doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester at Jefferson Community College in Watertown.

"Increasingly as the world has become more complex, it's been necessary for individuals to have advanced levels of study and also credentials," said Dr. Donald Bain, president of St. John Fisher College.

Through its Higher Education Center initiative, JCC already partners with several other schools to provide access to six bachelor's degree programs and seven master's degree programs.

This is the first doctorate degree program to come to campus.

By law, community colleges in New York can't offer anything past an associates degree.

They're also open-door insititutions, which means anyone who wants to attend can.

JCC President Dr. Carole McCoy says that's not going to change.

"I would so much rather be a really great community college, that knows to bring really great baccalaureate masters institutions here," said McCoy.

Students in the doctoral program will pay St. John Fisher College tuition, but they will be studying at JCC.

St. John Fisher College will give them their degree.

"Wwe've brought incredible partners, so let them do the part they do well. Let us do the part that we do well. I think everybody wins," said McCoy.

An information session on the newest program to come to JCC will be held March 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room E116 of the Extended Learning Center.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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