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SUNY Oswego Becomes Partner in JCC's Higher Education Center

Front row: Carole A. McCoy (left), Jefferson Community College President, and Lorrie A. Clemo (right), Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Oswego. Back row (l-r): Thomas J. Finch, Vice President for Academic Affairs at JCC; Terrence H. Harris, Dean of Continuing Education and Community Outreach at JCC; Jill M. Pippin, Dean of Extended Learning at SUNY Oswego; Angela M. Perrotto, Chair of Educational Administration Program at SUNY Oswego. 

On Wednesday, October 21, representatives from Jefferson Community College (JCC) and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego formally signed a memorandum of understanding making SUNY Oswego an official partner institution in Jefferson Community College’s Higher Education Center (JHEC) initiative. SUNY Oswego offers a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Educational Leadership on Jefferson’s campus.

Designed for certified tenured school personnel who hold a master’s degree in any New York State education certification (including student support services), the CAS in Educational Leadership program consists of part-time study and leads to full certification in any school leadership position. It includes both School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) NYS certifications. SUNY Oswego’s program features a combination of integrated coursework, authentic learning inside schools, and field experience. The certificate program is designed to be completed over the course of two and half years, with students meeting one evening per week on JCC's campus. Applications are now being accepted with rolling admissions. The program formally begins in Fall 2016, but candidates can  take one or two courses in the summer preceding their formal entry. 

“SUNY Oswego and Jefferson have enjoyed a longstanding partnership that provides a pathway for Jefferson students to continue their education and this new collaboration through Jefferson’s Higher Education Center provides yet another benefit for the North Country community,” said Jefferson president Carole A. McCoy. “With the addition of this certificate of advanced study from SUNY Oswego, we can now offer an academic pathway to career advancement for those who are currently in, or pursing, educational leadership roles in our community. This certificate truly complements the education-related degree options available locally - beginning with Jefferson’s transfer associate’s program in childhood education and the master’s in education programs currently offered by SUNY Potsdam at the Higher Education Center.”  
"SUNY Oswego is delighted to partner with the Jefferson Higher Education Center and offer this new graduate opportunity for up-and-coming educational leaders in the North Country," said SUNY Oswego president Deborah F. Stanley. "Our college is a decades-long member of the SUNY North Country Educational Services Consortium, serving residents in the area and military personnel at Fort Drum, and this new partnership expands our commitment to education in the region."

Jefferson Community College Higher Education Center academic partners currently include Bryant & Stratton College, the College at Brockport, Keuka College, Nazareth College, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Empire State College, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Combined, these institutions are providing local opportunities for seven program-specific bachelor’s degrees and eight program-specific master’s degrees, along with the individualized bachelor’s and master’s degree program opportunities offered by SUNY Empire State College. Jefferson also has numerous articulation agreements that facilitate seamless transfer from Jefferson to bachelor-level programs at colleges and universities across the country. Jefferson’s Higher Education Center initiative is located in the Extended Learning Center on campus, along with Jefferson’s Continuing Education Division and the NYS Small Business Development Center.

For more information about the CAS in Educational Leadership program, contact SUNY Oswego department chair Angela M. Perrotto, at or call 315-312-2264. To learn more about the Jefferson Community College Higher Education Center, contact Terrence H. Harris, Dean of Continuing Education and Community Outreach at JCC, 315-786-2238.

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.

About SUNY Oswego
SUNY Oswego offers more than 110 programs of study at its 690-acre campus along the Lake Ontario shore, its branch campus in downtown Syracuse, and online. U.S. News counts Oswego among the top 15 public regional universities in the North, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and Princeton Review/USA Today both have recognized Oswego as a "best value college." Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego today is one of 13 master's level institutions in the SUNY system. Visit for more information.