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Keuka College Becomes Partner in Jefferson’s Higher Education Center

Partnership Brings Baccalaureate Programs in Criminal Justice and Social Work to Watertown

On Wednesday, November 10, representatives from Jefferson Community College (JCC) and Keuka College formally signed a memorandum of understanding, making Keuka College an official partner institution in Jefferson Community College’s Higher Education Center initiative. Keuka College offers a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice systems and a bachelor of science in social work through its Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) on Jefferson’s campus.

The Higher Education Center initiative provides increased access to bachelor’s and master’s degrees and professional certifications for residents in the North Country region. Designed to be an adult-centered learning environment, Jefferson’s Higher Education Center (JHEC) also offers continuing education in non-credit programming and workforce training. Higher Education Center partners provide collaborative educational offerings that benefit the region’s workforce and economic development. The partnership with Keuka College will help meet workforce needs by providing training and educational opportunities for local criminal justice, social work, and human services practitioners.

Keuka College first began offering a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice systems at Jefferson through its ASAP initiative in August of 2008. A second class of seven criminal justice systems students began their studies on August 31. The first social work cohort began classes on September 1, with 18 students enrolled in the program. The ASAP format is designed to meet the needs of working adults and features an accelerated format whereby students attend class at JCC one night per week for four hours and complete the Keuka degree requirements in just over two years. Students must have prior experience in a relevant field and possess an associate’s degree or an equivalent number of transfer credits. Typically, students who do not meet the transfer credit requirements can begin coursework at JCC and transfer to Keuka College upon completion. Graduates of Jefferson’s human services A.S. degree program and criminal justice A.S. degree program enjoy seamless transfer to the respective Keuka College baccalaureate program.

“The benefits of Jefferson’s partnership with Keuka College are already apparent in so many ways and I am pleased they are officially joining the Higher Education Center at Jefferson,” said Carole A. McCoy, D.P.A., president of Jefferson Community College. “Keuka’s ASAP program is a highly successful model for adult education and learning. Of the twenty-five Keuka students currently enrolled in the social work and criminal justice programs, twenty-two have transferred from Jefferson, further testimony to the benefit of this program to Jefferson students and the community at large.”

Jefferson currently has JHEC agreements with SUNY Upstate Medical University, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Empire State College, SUNY Colleges of the North Country consortium, and Paul Smith’s College, along with numerous articulation agreements that facilitate seamless transfer from Jefferson to bachelor-level programs at colleges and universities across the country. Jefferson’s Higher Education Center initiative is currently located in the Extended Learning Center on campus, along with Jefferson’s Continuing Education Division and the NYS Small Business Development Center. A grand opening of the Extended Learning Center and official launch of the Higher Education Center initiative was held in June. Long-range strategic and facilities plans include the construction of a more comprehensive and community-oriented Higher Education Center on campus.

For additional information about programs offered in Watertown by Keuka College, please contact Wendy Ferrucci, ASAP admissions counselor, at or 866-255-3852. To learn more about the Jefferson Community College Higher Education Center, please contact Craig D. Johnson, vice president for community engagement at Jefferson Community College, at 315-786-6566.

About Keuka College

Keuka College is the national leader in experiential, hands-on learning and a national leader in career identification and exploration. Founded in 1890 and located on the shores of Keuka Lake in New York State’s Finger Lakes region, Keuka College is an independent, four-year, residential, coeducational college that places a strong emphasis on career and pre-professional education. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top regional colleges in the north, Keuka offers 33 bachelor’s degree programs, many with specialized concentrations; 25 minors; double majors; and self-designed majors. Keuka offers master’s degree programs in literacy, occupational therapy, management, and criminal justice administration as well as pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, veterinary medicine, and physical therapy.

About Jefferson Community College

One of 30 community colleges supervised by the State University of New York, Jefferson Community College is the community’s leading resource for leading better lives, offering 30+ associate’s degrees for career preparation or for transfer to a 4-year college; certificate programs; online learning; lifelong learning through personal enrichment workshops; business and industry training; and cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire Watertown/Fort Drum region. Learn more at