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JCC Appoints Dean of Continuing Education

Jefferson Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Terrence H. Harris, Bronx, New York, as dean of continuing education and community outreach.  In this role, Mr. Harris will oversee the Continuing Education Division at the College which includes non-credit Jefferson Express offerings for professional development and personal interest, the College’s concurrent enrollment program (Jefferson EDGE) in area high schools, credit programs offered on Fort Drum and in correctional facilities, and the Jefferson Higher Education Center initiative which provides upper level degree programs on JCC’s campus through partnerships with four-year academic institutions.     

Dean of Continuing Education Terrence HarrisDean of Continuing Education Terrence HarrisMr. Harris brings more than twenty years of administrative and teaching experience in the field of higher education to Jefferson Community College.   He is a member of the Continuing Education Association of New York and the American Society of Public Administration.  The majority of his career has been with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY), where he has taught graduate students in the public administration program since 1996 and undergraduate criminal justice students from 1996 through 2001.  From 1999-2011, Mr. Harris also served as the director of continuing education at John Jay where he managed all non-credit programming, community-based education, and business and industry training, as well as recruited and supervised faculty and personnel within the division.  During his tenure at John Jay, Mr. Harris initiated and implemented an offsite program that allowed New York State corrections officers to earn an associate of correctional administration degree while working in the field.  After developing and successfully launching the program, Mr. Harris served as its administrator from 1998 through 2005, collaborating with the NYS Department of Corrections and ensuring compliance with CUNY and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  From 1995-1999, Mr. Harris served as administrator for John Jay’s inmate education program where he oversaw programs on Rikers Island and in four Borough correctional facilities, and assisted with the development of adult basic skills development courses and work-based education initiatives.

More recently, Mr. Harris served as the director of continuing education for ASA College in New York City where he was responsible for the development and operation of ASA College’s continuing education program across three branch campuses in New York City, Brooklyn and Miami, Florida.  He set up the division infrastructure, collaborated with local businesses to assess training needs and resources, developed non-credit curriculums, recruited personnel, and ensured compliance with the New York State Education Department and other state and federal regulations.

Mr. Harris has also worked extensively with educational programs for youth in two Bronx-based organizations.   As senior resource developer for Goodwill Neighborhood Development Center, Mr. Harris coordinated a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program and placed more than 2500 youths annually in academic and vocational training programs throughout New York City.  As director of youth empowerment for the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association (BKCIA), Mr. Harris provided daily oversight and management of the BKCIA/NYC Department of Employment educational and vocational training programs for youths aged 16-21.

Mr. Harris holds both a bachelor’s and master’s of public administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.  He joins Jefferson on June 2, 2014.