JCC & BOCES Team Up to Provide "Foundations in Business" to BOCES Students

Jefferson Community College (JCC) and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) of Jefferson-Lewis Counties are pleased to announce a partnership that will provide the opportunity for BOCES students to take four Jefferson Community College courses in business administration at a reduced tuition rate.  Beginning in September 2013, the “Foundations in Business” courses will be offered through Jefferson’s EDGE concurrent enrollment program and will be taught at BOCES locations in Watertown and Glenfield by credentialed BOCES instructors.   At the Charles H. Bohlen Technical Center in Watertown, the classes will be taught by Arlene Burgess and at the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center in Glenfield, the classes will be taught by Linda Smith.

The four Jefferson courses to be offered are Personal Finance (BUS 104), Spreadsheet Applications (BUS 160), Applied Business Math (BUS 116), and Intro to Entrepreneurship (BUS 150).    The first two courses will be offered each fall semester followed by the latter during the spring semester.  These courses are available to students, both in high school and adult learners, who register for BOCES business programs in Applied Business Technology or Virtual Business.

For each course completed successfully, students will receive 3 college credits for a total of up to 12 college credits that will be accepted by Jefferson Community College and other academic institutions for transfer to an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) business administration degree.  In addition to the jumpstart in college credit earned, students will benefit from the academic rigor they will experience as well as the opportunity to further develop the discipline and study skills required to be successful in college. Students who do not pursue a college degree in business or another major will benefit from the valuable skills and knowledge gained in the fundamentals of business and personal finance.

Jefferson EDGE tuition is one-third the rate of Jefferson’s regular tuition and fees.   Books and supplies for each course will be provided by BOCES.  Jefferson’s EDGE program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). To become accredited, the EDGE program demonstrated that it meets or exceeds standards of excellence pertaining to curriculum, students, instructors, assessment, and program evaluation.  “BOCES students will experience the same academic rigor as when the course is offered on Jefferson’s campus,” said Kathryn L. Brownell, assistant professor of business and EDGE business liaison. “BOCES instructors will receive additional training from JCC and use an identical curriculum, syllabus and some of the same exams as Jefferson.”

“This partnership has allowed us to offer an unprecedented opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in business. They can save money and time by taking advantage of these dual credits, all while participating in a student-centered project-based approach that incorporates the 21st century skills required in both college and employment,” said Tracy J. Gyoerkoe , director of career, technical, adult and continuing education (CTE) at BOCES.

“This is yet another rewarding partnership we have with BOCES,” said Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College.  “BOCES and Jefferson Community College share a common goal of making educational opportunities and job market training available to students of all ages within our community.” 

For additional information, please contact Tracy Gyoerkoe, CTE director at BOCES, 315-779-7200 or John Trumbell, EDGE Coordinator at JCC, 315-786-2309.  High school students interested in signing up may also speak with their guidance counselor.


Front (shaking hands):   Jack J. Boak, district superintendent, Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and Carole A. McCoy, president, Jefferson Community College

Back Row (left to right):    Thomas J. Finch, vice president for academic affairs, Jefferson Community College; Jill M. Pippin, dean for continuing education, Jefferson Community College; Linda Smith, Business teacher at the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center (BOCES); Kathryn L. Brownell,   assistant professor of business and EDGE program business liaison, Jefferson Community College; Tracy Gyoerkoe, director of career, technical, adult and continuing education, BOCES;  Arlene Burgess, business teacher at the Bohlen Technical Center (BOCES); John A. Trumbell, continuing education and EDGE Program coordinator, Jefferson Community College.