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SCCC expands reach into Albany

Satellite campus touted as boon for education and downtown businesses

SCCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Denise Murphy McGraw presents Albany County Executive Dan McCoy with one of the college’s T-shirts. College officials on Friday, Jan. 18, announced SCCC would open a satellite campus in downtown Albany.

SCCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Denise Murphy McGraw presents Albany County Executive Dan McCoy with one of the college’s T-shirts. College officials on Friday, Jan. 18, announced SCCC would open a satellite campus in downtown Albany. Photo by John Purcell.

— “We are still working through those final details … we will look at all avenues that we can use to support this effort,” Bullock said.

The Albany campus will offer general education courses for students beginning coursework, with specific offerings still being planned. Bullock said new programs could be offered in Albany, too, but didn’t give specifics. SCCC has some new courses being reviewed by SUNY officials, he said.

In addition to classrooms, the Albany satellite campus is to include common areas, faculty offices and advisement, according to McGraw.

“It is the first step in creating a formal extension center in Albany County,” Bullock said. “We envision SCCC’s Albany location to be similar in design and scope to our Center City location, offering students more academic and geographic flexibility in achieving their dreams and coursework for a college certificate or degree.”

There is room for further expansion on other vacant floors of the building, too, but Bullock was tight lipped on the prospect. Bullock said the college is working on its facilities master plan to chart the next 10 years.

“It is our vision to be an accessible community college where we embrace students learning and celebrate their success, as well as being responsive to the needs of our workforce community,” he said.

Local lawmakers praised the partnership as an example of how municipalities should think regionally.

“At a time in local government when we are all facing challenges, this is just another great example of how we can work together — not just locally, but regionally — to maximize our community assets,” said Schenectady County Legislature Chairwoman Judy Dagostino.

Success in Albany would benefit Schenectady County as well, since Albany campus students would be likely to attend classes on SCCC’s main campus as they continue their studies.

Both counties are seen as benefiting from a chargeback agreement, which lays out what a county pays for a resident attending a community college in a different county. SCCC sees it as a new revenue source and Albany County would pay less than it does for students attending Hudson Valley Community College.

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