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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.

— Schenectady County is budgeted to pay $2 million in chargeback fees this year. The fee is determined by the state.

SCCC’s expansion announcement also came shortly after college officials estimated a 1.5 percent enrollment increase. At more than 7,000 students, college officials said enrollment is at a “favorable” level due to expansion efforts, such as its new student housing and music building.

Students attending classes in Albany will be able to park at the Times Union Center’s parking garage for free. SCCC students could also ride CDTA busses for free through an agreement with the college. The service is subsidized through the college’s student activity fee.

“We have plenty of parking … but we are not going to need it because we are going to be riding CDTA, going green,” McCoy said.

There is a CDTA bus station near the Albany location and local officials estimated it would take about 25 minutes to travel between the two campuses, with a direct line between it.

At the close of the press conference, McGraw “branded” McCoy by handing him one of the college’s T-shirts.

“We are very proud of our Schenectady County Community College brand, so we are going to brand him today,” McGraw said.

“Hopefully it fits,” McCoy replied with a smile.

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