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SCCC has record enrollment

Bullock credits the school's increased enrollment to several factors.

"We are increasing our presence throughout the community highlighting our programs," said Bullock.

However, more significant than its community outreach efforts is the school's value over a traditional four-year institution, which is generally more expensive, Bullock noted.

There are also different incentives to draw students in.

"We are offering instant admissions activities on campus to work closely with all new students to get them admitted and assisted with financial aid," said Bullock.

Other draws are the college's small classes.

Thornton, for example, is completing his math requirement for his associate's degree, and he estimates that there are about 35 students in his class, which is comparably smaller to introductory math colleges in four-year state schools, which are often taught in lecture halls with hundreds of students.

Bullock also noted that the college's campus is easily accessible within the county.

Also of note is the rapid increase in enrollment in the college's Nanoscale Materials Technology program. Enrollment has more than doubled this year with 27 students enrolled, compared to the 12 students enrolled in 2008.

For more information, visit www.sunysccc.edu.

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