Tracking Pixel

Jefferson Community College Website

SUNY Empire State College Signs Memorandum to become Official Partner in Jefferson’s Higher Education Center

On Monday, August 30, representatives from Jefferson Community College (JCC) and Empire State College, both of the State University of New York (SUNY), formally signed a memorandum of understanding making Empire State College an official partner institution in Jefferson Community College’s Higher Education Center initiative.

Dr. Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College, and Dr. Alan R. Davis, president of Empire State College.

The Higher Education Center initiative provides increased access to bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as 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.

SUNY Empire State College will move to the campus and staff a JHEC office suite with three faculty and an office manager. Empire State College at JHEC will offer a wide variety of individualized bachelor’s degrees through the Pathways Transfer Program, in addition to theBachelor of Science in Educational Studies, with a concentration in early childhood or related field that meets an important educational need in the North Country region.

“SUNY Empire State College is pleased to join Jefferson Community College’s Higher Education Center,” said SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis. “Together we are opening opportunities for more adult learners to pursue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree. I compliment President McCoy and the Board of JCC for their vision and leadership in establishing Jefferson Community College’s Higher Education Center.”

“Empire State College has long served the needs of adult learners in New York with a unique blend of independent studies, online courses, residencies, and courses offered at locations across New York State,” said Carole A. McCoy, D.P.A., president of Jefferson Community College. “We are thrilled Empire is joining Jefferson’s Higher Education Center initiative, which will provide direct access to bachelor’s degrees for current Jefferson students as well as all North Country residents.”

Jefferson currently has JHEC agreements with SUNY Upstate Medical University, SUNY Potsdam, 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. For the next five years, partners in Jefferson’s Higher Education Center initiative will be 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 earlier in the year on June 26. 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 SUNY Empire State College, please call 315-786-6541. 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 SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars, and residencies. They also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide with 34 locations in New York State and online. For more information, visit

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 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