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Extended Learning Center Opens on Campus—Resource for Workforce Development and Bachelor’s/Master’s Programming

On June 23, Jefferson Community College (JCC) celebrated the grand opening of the Extended Learning Center (ELC) and launch of the College’s Higher Education Center (JHEC) initiative with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house event themed “Education After Hours.”

The newly remodeled ELC building is designed to be adult-learner friendly providing a quiet study area outfitted with whiteboards and comfortable seating for individual or small group study, a student lounge where food and beverages can be obtained and personal effects can be stored, and WiFi capabilities throughout. All instructional space is technologically smart and laptops are available for students to check out and use in the building during office hours.

The JHEC initiative, housed in the Extended Learning Center, provides the platform for North Country community members to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in various programs by taking classes offered primarily in an evening and weekend format. Current partner institutions are SUNY (State University of New York) Empire State College, Keuka College, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Potsdam, Upstate Medical University, and SUNY Colleges of the North Country. Degree programs available through the JHEC initiative are early childhood studies, criminal justice systems, social work, respiratory therapy, business administration, medical technology, nursing, curriculum and instruction, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric nurse practitioner, information and communication technology with a concentration in organizational leadership, childhood education, literacy specialist, and literacy educator.

During the grand opening, Jefferson unveiled a plaque in honor of four organizations whose contributions helped bring the ELC and JHEC initiative to fruition. The Jefferson County Local Development Corporation, Development Authority of the North Country, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and United States Department of Labor all awarded Jefferson grant funding that was utilized for educational technology and specific programming needs in the ELC.

“This is a momentous occasion in the history of Jefferson Community College and Jefferson County,” says Jefferson president Carole A. McCoy. “The College’s higher education initiative and the Extended Learning Center specifically provide the means for local citizens to access higher education in a variety of programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s levels from premier colleges and universities.”

(l–r) Dr. Deborah P. Amory, vice provost, Empire State College; Dr. John W. Mills, president, Paul Smith’s College; Dr. John F. Schwaller, president, SUNY Potsdam; Dr. Carole A. McCoy, president, Jefferson Community College; Dr. David R. Smith, president, Upstate Medical University; and Thomas H. Hefferon, chair, Development Authority of the North Country Board of Directors.