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Annual Report


Schenectady County Community College Board of Trustees Denise Murphy McGraw, Chairwoman Ann Fleming Brown, Vice Chairwoman Michael W. Karl, Treasurer Renee Bradley, Secretary Raymond R. Gillen Gary Hughes Christine Mallozzi Tina Chericoni Versaci Thomas D. Bambury, Student Trustee

Operating Under the Auspices of the State University of New York Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor

Supported by the State of New York

President’s Message These are exciting times for community colleges nationally and statewide, and SCCC is responding positively to meet new demands and higher educational needs. SCCC remains accessible and affordable, and increasingly more students are selecting SCCC as their first choice to access higher education and workforce development. In addition, those in business and industry, locally and regionally, continue to identify SCCC as a leader in economic

Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor Hugh T. Farley, Senator, 49th Senate District Cecilia Tkaczyk, Senator, 49th Senate District Angelo Santabarbara, Assemblyman, 111th Assembly District Phil Steck, Assemblyman, 110th Assembly District

and workforce development. Through our collective efforts, the

Sponsored by the County of Schenectady Schenectady County Legislature

ment to a diverse population in a student-centered environment.

Anthony Jasenski, Sr., Chair Karen B. Johnson, Vice Chair Philip Fields, Deputy Chair Gary Hughes, Majority Leader James Buhrmaster, Minority Leader Thomas Constantine Rory Fluman Cathy Gatta Robert W. Hoffman Jeffrey M. McDonald Brian McGarry Randy Pascarella Michael Petta Grant Socha Holly Vellano

College Administration

Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, President Charles J. Richardson, Vice President of Administration Dr. Martha J. Asselin, Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Penny A. Haynes, Vice President of Academic Affairs Susan Beaudoin, Assistant Vice President of Administration Stephen Fragale, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Leonard Gaines, Assistant Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness Matthew Grattan, Executive Director for Workforce Development Antoine Harrison, Chief Information Officer Laurie Hempstead, Registrar Darren Johnson, Assistant Dean of Planning, Accountability and Advancement Lynne O. King, Director of Library Services Nicolas G. Ltaif, Director of Academic Computing Paula Ohlhous, Assistant to the President/Board of Trustees Arthur Paolelli, Manager of Administrative Computing Carmel Patrick, Executive Director of Development Lindsay Peck, Coordinator of Development Angela M. Prestigiacomo, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs David G. Sampson, Director of Admissions Emma Teague, Interim Executive Director of Human Resources Alan Yauney, Director of Campus Maintenance

College community as a whole continues to make great strides to fulfill and achieve its mission to provide quality, comprehensive education for transfer, careers, training and workforce developWe have leveraged our strengths to develop a 21st century community college that prepares our graduates for a competitive workforce and as leaders of the future. SCCC truly is an amazing institution, and, with its growth in recent years and expansions into Center City and Albany, the future looks bright. Dr. Quintin B. Bullock President, SCCC

Chairwoman’s Message Schenectady County Community College is an amazing institution. Our presence in this region has transformed the lives of many individuals from all walks of life. The expansion of new College facilities and the launching of additional academic and career programs, is the culmination of years of serious efforts by the College, the Board of Trustees and county leadership to bring about the best possible higher education institution for the Capital Region. In these tough economic times, we have worked tirelessly to secure the necessary funding to ensure world class facilities to provide access to quality instruction and high-demand workforce development. Clearly, these are transformative times for SCCC, and I am looking forward to continuing to work to take our institution to new heights. Denise Murphy McGraw Chairwoman, SCCC Board of Trustees

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Canal Side Café


“Reclaiming the American Dream” Quintin B. Bullock, President


New Recording Studio




English Language Learners


Commencement 2013


SCCC Royals


Casino and Gaming Management

Aaron Tolbert, Instructor

Kim Otis, Instructor

The Schenectady County Community College Annual Report is Published annually for alumni, student, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the College by the Office of Planning, Accountability and Advancement.

Mailing Address: Schenectady County Community College Office of Planning, Accountability, and Advancement 78 Washington Avenue Schenectady, NY 12305 P: 518-381-1323

“The fostering of this new partnership is not only good for Schenectady County Community College to grow and expand, but for the entire Capital Region.”


-Quintin B. Bullock


SCCC now has an official presence in the city of Albany, making it convenient for students to take advantage of

courses in the following programs: Alternative Energy Technology, Casino and Gaming Management, Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Medical Coding and Billing Certificate, Nanoscale Materials Technology, Paralegal and Supply Chain Management. The second floor of the Albany County Office Building, located at 112 State St., was transformed into classrooms and there’s room for even more expansion in the future. SCCC students can ride CDTA buses to the site also through the CDTA Ridership program.


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Denise Murphy McGraw, Chair of the SCCC Board of Trustees, with Daniel P. McCoy, Albany County Executive

Canal Side Café, A New Place To Relax and Enjoy the Ambiance It was a fun and festive atmosphere during the grand opening of the Canal Side Café and Convenience Store in September 2013. College officials, members of the Faculty Student Association, local dignitaries, students, alumni and faculty joined in a ribbon cutting as the cozy café officially opened to customers. The café was once the taproom in the Hotel Van Curler (before the College opened) and then was the Student Commons.

Shown here are: (l. to r.) Tina Chericoni Versaci, Trustee; Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy ’77; Donna Tessitore, Executive Director of the Faculty Student Association of SCCC, Inc.; Thomas Bambury, Student Trustee; Dr. Quintin Bullock, President; Charles Steiner, President and CEO of the Chamber of Schenectady County; Denise Murphy McGraw, Chairwoman of the Trustees; Michael Karl, Treasurer of the Trustees; Renee Bradley, Secretary of the Trustees; and Ray Gillen, Trustee.


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The Canal Side CafĂŠ, operated by the Faculty Student Association of SCCC Inc., has become a favorite spot for students to study, relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy the ambiance. Students, especially those living in College Suites across the street from campus, can grab toiletries, frozen foods, Boots beauty products, household items, and satisfy their techie cravings with the new Radio Shack wall in the convenience store attached to the cafĂŠ.

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The new School of Music, an impres-

sive sight from the Western Gateway Bridge that opened for classes in September 2012, was further enhanced by the addition of the Vianna-Brignola Recording Studio. From recording other student musicians and pros, to mixing and mastering a final recording project, students learn the entire recording process, expressing their creativity at the same time.

The first group of students to utilize the state-of-the-art equipment were participants in the SCCC Audio Recording Insti-

tute, a two-week immersion program during Summer 2013. Music faculty member and renowned producer/recording engineer Sten Isachsen (shown here with Performing Arts: Music majors at the console) taught them the basics of Pro Tools audio recording software, as the students participated in live recording sessions with a variety of musicians and then mixed and mastered a final project.

The new studio, which became a reality through a generous donation to the SCCC Foundation from Diana

Vianna-Brignola, made it possible for the College to revamp the Music Business program to include a recording component. Utilizing Avid ProTools software in conjunction with a Pro Control 24 automated mixing console and an Avid M-box, students create a variety of audio projects such as music, radio commercials, and TV commercials.

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English Language Learners By Aaron Tolbert

Hello, hola, guten tag, bonjour, konnichiwa, and as-salaamu’ alaykum.

To truly represent the diversity of ways to say “hello” in the languages spoken by the students at SCCC, I’d

need to continue with 20 more unique words. That’s right; 20! Schenectady County is a unique and diverse place to live, a fact mirrored in the SCCC student population. In a brief survey this fall of more than 500 students, the College discovered that it had speakers of at least 26 languages; the implications are vast. I want to contextualize some of the amazing opportunities of working with such a richly diverse group of people.

To start, I want to ask you to remind yourself of an experience where language might have been a barrier

for you. This need not be a negative barrier, but simply a challenge to be met. Perhaps you’re thinking of a visit to Chinatown in New York City to sample the mouthwatering cuisine. Or maybe you remember a vacation you went on to search out a European-like experience with our close neighbor, Montreal. In any case, many Americans experience foreign language when visiting a neighborhood, city, or country not their own. The challenges as “tourists” then are to ask where to eat, find our hotel, or locate the site of our intellectual craving.


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In contrast, some Americans wake up within the United States each day to find that all of the major structures

of their social experience are conducted in a language that they are still working to understand, learn, and navigate. They are not worried about just where to get their morning coffee, but how to read their college application form, the bill they got in the mail yesterday, and the safety guide they were just given at work.

The ubiquity of English, and for that matter any language,

for those inside a linguistic norm, is hard to fathom because we operate from the moment we wake until the moment we sleep in the language we use most prominently. And while the experience of tourism does help us step into the shoes of people who would like to learn a new language, needing to learn a new language to function more easily in everyday life is immeasurably different.

Now I only truly came to realize this difference while liv-

ing in Mexico for five months. I had traveled previously, but living in a country with another language for an extended period of time helped solidify this reality. As an educator of students at SCCC facing this kind of challenge, I work to bring this understanding to my teaching each day. And of course, I am not alone. Numerous faculty at SCCC are fluent in many more languages than English, and thus a cohesive and vibrant support structure already exists for these students. But we can always do more, and national trends suggest that we will need to.

For example, it is well known that the Latin American

population in the U.S. is rising. Accordingly, the rise of the use of Spanish is also well documented and discussed. One challenge then for the world of education is to help work with bilingual Spanish speakers.

According to the Almanac of Higher Education, found on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website, 14.5% of the Latino population that is 25 years old and older currently holds a fouryear degree or higher.

Comprehensively, the focus that has been given to these students is therefore well deserved. To complicate

things further, not all of the Spanish speakers have the same experiences. Some speak Spanish at home, others do not. Some went to primary school in Spanish, and others went to English schools, while, some even received their earliest education in languages like French. Consequently, we can see tremendous micro-diversity in the language experience of people who all speak the same language.

Here at SCCC, as well as for the rest of the country, teaching English is not the simple task of working solely

with Spanish speakers. In the survey done at SCCC in Fall 2013, only 50% of the multi-lingual speakers were Spanish speaking; we have at least 25 other languages spoken right here at SCCC. The outcome then of all of this is an enormously complicated challenge in teaching English that I also ardently believe holds more potential positivity than any drawback of that challenge.

The first important note to make is that the older terminology of ESL or English as a Second Language has

been widely replaced with ELL or English Language Learners to better represent the diversity of experiences of students. For some, English is their third, fourth or fifth language. For others, English is their primary language, but the dialect they learned to speak does not follow the norms of “academic” English. (For those interested in the diversity of learning experiences in America, “A Different Mirror” by Ronald Takaki is a great place to start.) Pondering this, I remember distinctly when my best childhood friend Alex called me at the end of our very first week of college. He told me that he had two roommates, and that they both asked him the same question: “What country is our third roommate from?”


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The first roommate was from the south side of Boston; the other was from the Appalachian mountains of the

deep south. Neither roommate could understand the dialect of English spoken by the other and therefore had mistakenly assumed they had an international roommate. Alex was the only person who understood both his roommates, yet all of them were from iconic places in America. So again, our personal understandings of what “English” is remain relative to our positionality. This is the kind of scenario that has changed ESL terminology to ELL. The term English Language Learners better represents the diverse group of students learning English because every student has a unique experience with languages.

Because of this, I work from the assumption that I am both teaching and learning English every day. I work to

form a dialectic relationship that is a “give and take,” a sharing of knowledge. I also try to learn words in other languages, for they are often more adept at explaining a particular concept than the words we have in English. Most importantly, we all must also remember that learning English should not be equated to learning a “better” language than others, but only a different language. The mistake of giving privilege to English can re-inscribe historic forms of oppression, a topic well discussed in Allan Johnson’s “Privilege, Power, and Difference.” Sharing then is perhaps exactly what so many of us seek when we step outside the norms of our world and wonder at difference. While we must always be careful not to tokenize the people, cultures, or languages we meet, our curiosity should not be abandoned. To teach, work, or attend a college that encompasses so much diversity then is a privilege, an opportunity to learn about more than our local spheres.

For Fall 2014, there will be a few select pilot courses that have

the goal of specifically supporting English Language Learners at SCCC. While those courses themselves are not the end-all in anyway of what we collectively can do, they are a first step, a first try at pronouncing a new word, tasting a new food, hearing a new music. So, just as all learners, a willingness to explore ways to support ELL students is where we have arrived. And while the College will of course seek to teach, it will also learn. For the great value of having such a diverse student body is the inherent richness such a wealth of experiences can bring in their perspectives, knowledge, and cultures.

Aaron Tolbert - Instructor of English in the Division of Liberal Arts

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During the men’s baseball team’s first home game on April 4, 2013, Athletic Director David Gonzalez (front, right) congratulated Head Coach Tim Andi on his 500th win with the SCCC Royals. The win came during spring training play in Florida in March 2013. Coach Andi, in his 22nd season leading the Royals, said that current and former players contributed to his 500th victory.

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Men’s Bowling Team Named NJCAA Regional Champs

Left to right are: (first row) Ray Ross, Head Coach; Zach Doty; Tyler Mochrie; Casey Schoonmaker; Kayla Marois; Brittany Barkley; and Stephanie Carson (second row) Jeff Karabin; Jake Rivers; Corey Buckley; Tyler Smith; Will Coons, Assistant Men’s Team Coach; and Lou DeVoe, Assistant Women’s Team Coach 16

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The SCCC Men’s Bowling Team emerged as the NJCAA Region III Champions after the Region III Playoffs in Utica, N.Y., on Feb. 17, 2013. The men won by more than 100 pins, competing against teams from Adirondack Community College, Cayuga Community College, Columbia – Greene Community College, Erie Community College, Herkimer County Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College and Niagara County Community College. The men were the highest ranked twoyear college team in the country, according to, with the women ranked fourth among two-year schools nationally. The men also finished first and the women second in the Mountain Valley Collegiate Bowling Conference, which is comprised of Adirondack, Columbia Green, Herkimer, Hudson Valley and Mohawk Valley.

Women’s Basketball Coach Named Conference Coach of the Year.

Dayna Torino, Head Coach of the Women’s Basketball Team, was named Coach of the Year for the Mountain Valley Conference. What makes this honor especially impressive is that Coach Torino’s fellow coaches in the conference voted for her to receive the distinction. The nine other coaches in the conference selected Torino in February 2013.

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence SCCC Flight Team Soars at Regionals Four SCCC students were chosen to receive statewide honors based on their academic achievements and commitment to serving their communities. They

were recognized with New York All-Academic Team membership and SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in April 2013. 1


Rebekah Kimble, a Liberal Arts major, and Samuel Clement, a Culinary Arts/Hotel and Restaurant Management major, were both chosen for the second team of the New York All-Academic Team, through Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. Recipients must have between a 3.5 and 4.0 grade 3

point average. John Donahue, a Human Services, Liberal Arts and Chemical Dependency Counsel4

ing major; Rebekah Kimble and Kenette Webster, a Tourism and Hospitality Management major, received SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence, given to students who have integrated academic excellence with other aspects of their lives.




Aviation Science major Bernie Watt sums up his career choice this way: “I like my desk to move.” Bernie, the other members of the SCCC Flight Team and Coach/Associate Professor Barbara Jones were pretty busy this fall as the team hosted the 2013


National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region VII SAFECON competition at the Schenectady County Airport. Teams from SUNY Farmingdale, West Point, Dowling College, Delaware State University, Bridgewater State University and Rensselaer Polytechnic University traveled to Schenectady for the four-day competition that included events on the ground and in the air. The team placed fourth in the overall competition.

Through the new Biology Concentration, students will now be able to transfer seamlessly into four-year institutions as they pursue careers in biological, environmental, and biomedical sciences. The Casino and Gaming Management program comes at a perfect time as the number of casinos in the state grows. Creativity thrives through the Drama Concentration, with


Students in the new Honors Program suite in Elston Hall.


The College expanded academic program offerings to include five new ones beginning in Fall 2013. They are: Biology Concentration (part of the Science A.S.), Casino and Gaming Management (A.A.S.), Drama Concentration (part the Liberal Arts A.A.), Honors Concentration (also part of the Liberal Arts A.A.) and Supply Chain Management (A.A.S.).

students developing original works for the stage. Students in the new Honors Concentration, part of a learning community within the College, conduct serious interdisciplinary research and undertake either a traditional undergraduate thesis or a significant project in their last year, create e-portfolios and engage in relevant service learning. Finally, the Supply Chain Management program examines the movement and supply of goods and services around the world with students participating in co-ops to gain hands-on experience.

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Casino & Gaming


By Kim Otis

Schenectady County Community College launched the Casino and Gaming Management A.A.S. Degree program in the Fall of 2013, during a time of industry uncertainty. Over the course of the maiden semester, legislation was passed that will allow New York State to establish four destination gaming resorts in Upstate New York. The programming at Schenectady County Community College began in the nick of time to be on the cutting edge of education for the anticipated hundreds of jobs that will be available in the near future. The casino and gaming industry has experienced tremendous growth and success in many other states, and now, New York is getting in on the action, with forecasted benefits reaching into the millions of dollars towards tourism, hospitality, education and property tax relief. Every day I meet with people who ask me about the Casino and Gaming Management program. The development of classes is a system of exploring history while embracing innovation and technology, with the strong backbone of hospitality at the core. So far, I am happy to report, the students taking our classes have been motivated and excited about the learning opportunity. They all bring various levels of ability, experience and knowledge to the table, making the environment dynamic and interesting. We have seasoned adults who are pursuing a lifelong dream of casino industry work, and fresh faced students eager to get the edge on the competition. In our classroom we have discussed the history and evolution of the gaming industry, licensing, marketing, accounting, security, and surveillance.

Each of these topics has been researched by the individual students who applied the information to their particular field of interest, resulting in semester long projects that were thorough and informative to themselves and their classmates. Casino operations management, including the execution and monitoring of the actual table games, have the students very excited, as they will be learning firsthand in our structured lab environment. It is amazing to study the intricacies associated with the gaming floor and surveillance operation. Our students will be prepared as professionals, and will walk into potential careers with a firm foundation to stand on.

One of the most exciting pieces of our program is the chance to work in the field.

We have been

in discussion with many casino and gaming properties that are anxious to hire our students for internship opportunities. All of the properties we are working with have said how desperately they need intelligent, hospitable job candidates. That is great news for our students, even before the addition of the new casino properties. While casino and gaming is a fun and entertaining diversion for many people, for others it is a very serious issue. We are taking the cause of problematic gaming very seriously in our program, and are working with the New York Council on Problem Gambling to develop a certification program for our students providing them with information and resources to help individuals who suffer from problematic gaming practices. Just as we provide TIPS training to our service staff students, and ServSafe training to our culinary students, we feel providing this training is a responsibility of our program. I have found our students to be truly energized by the potential of the industry. Our open classroom has allowed us the opportunity to compare and contrast past practices with current industry trends. We’ve had a great time scouring over documentaries and industry videos watching how security and surveillance equipment has evolved, and the reasons that led to changes in equipment or processes. We’ve studied cheats and scams, and are fascinated by the sheer genius of some of the most successful bad guys. The program is dynamic and exciting, and based on hospitality principles of customer service, loyal guest development and retention, and responsible gaming practices. And, we have a lot of fun while we’re learning. You just can’t beat that!

Kim Otis - Instructor of Hotel, Culinary Arts & Tourism

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SCCC SCCC African drumming performance by

The Vocal Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Sax-

Zorkie Nelson of the Hamilton Hill

ophone Quartet and Guitar Ensemble performed

Cultural Arts Center, part of Black

for a full house in the McChesney Room at the

History Month, February 2013.

Schenectady County Public Library in April 2013.


SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher chatted with students, faculty and staff during a visit to campus in April 2013.

Lieutenant Governor

Robert J. Duffy spoke about the Tax-Free

In July 2013, SCCC announced the renewal of its partnership

New York initiative in

with the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) with

in June 2013.

a three-year agreement to provide student transportation to more than 7,000 SCCC students at no cost to the rider.

The SUNY College and Career

Counseling Center’s Grand Re-opening

and Open House was held in September 2013 in their new area in Center City. The Center continues to serve adult learners, delivering comprehensive,

quality, community based academic

and workforce development programs

Dr. DeShawn McGarrity, Director of the SUNY College and Career Counseling Center

that provide support services leading to employment opportunities and access to education.

Music student Adam Flock performed during Veterans Day events.

For the second consecutive year, SCCC was named

a “military friendly campus” by Victory Media. The list

honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses.


“Reclaiming the American Dream” By Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, President


s I review the report from the 21st- Century Commission on the Future

of Community Colleges, one significant realization keeps occurring to me: community colleges have finally come of age in America. There’s a reason that President Obama singled out community colleges in his graduation initiative, and has made funding them a key priority of his administration. We are accessible and affordable. More and more people are coming to understand that some of the best values in higher education are right in their own back yards. The State University of New York’s 30 community colleges serve virtually every community in New York State, enroll more than half of all SUNY undergraduates, and serve as a critical economic engine within those communities.

No institution better reflects American ingenuity in innovation than community colleges. Uniquely American, our 1167 community colleges

serve virtually every community in the nation, enroll almost half of all US undergraduates, and power economic activity that changes lives and communities every day. In 2010, enrollment reached 13.3 million students in credit and non-credit courses.



“Schenectady County Community College provides quality, comprehensive education for transfer, careers, training and workforce development to a diverse population in a student-centered environment...”

Community colleges help to sustain the entrepreneurial life’s blood that so many in mid-size to

small communities depend upon, fueling increased job creation. Along with the economic health, community colleges safeguard the security and well-being of our community, by credentialing 80% of the nation’s first responders (police officers, emergency medical technicians, and fire fighters) and preparing more than 60% of the nation’s health care professionals (nurses, physical therapy assistants and respiratory therapists). As we all work to put America’s house in order, investing in community colleges represents an intelligent and responsible step for all local, state, and national policy makers to consider.

So, where do we go from here? The answer was succinctly made by President Obama when he

said recently that “community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.” Therefore, it is vitally important for community colleges to be well prepared to assist students to access higher education and/or to seek workforce training for a new career. At the same time, community colleges must also improve the student success rate, align job preparation to job market needs and strengthen the transition between high schools and higher education.

To enhance SCCC’s readiness and response to “Reclaiming the American Dream – Commu-

nity Colleges and the Nation’s Future,” we developed an audacious vision.

Schenectady County Commu-

nity College is committed to being a premier community college that empowers individuals to reach their greatest potential through exceptional and innovative education and training. To support our vision, we revised our Mission Statement to say “Schenectady County Community College provides quality, comprehensive education for transfer, careers, training and workforce development to a diverse population in a student-centered environment.

We are committed to accessible and affordable education.

Utilizing innovative practices and contemporary technology, SCCC fosters success through excellence in teaching and services.” Our Vision and Mission Statements acknowledge the institution as the premier community college and economic engine for the Capital Region. We are committed to access, teaching excellence, lifelong learning, partnership building, and economic development.


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Each community college should continue to grow as a community of global learners and celebrate the rich diversity that exists among us.

Nevertheless, the American dream is at risk. Therefore, community colleges must be strategic, step up to

the challenge and be proactive in implementing the Commission’s three recommendations: “Redesign students’ educational experiences; Reinvent institutional roles; and Reset the system to create incentives for students and institutional success.” Each community college should continue to grow as a community of global learners and celebrate the rich diversity that exists among us.

Clearly, a major priority is to ensure community colleges are prepared to respond to community,

business, and industry needs, which includes providing the best possible education and workforce training. In addition, community colleges should respond to the recommendation to: increase completion rates of community college credentials by 50% by 2020; construct coherent, structured pathways to certificate and degree completion; promote







institutions; dramatically

improve college readiness by 2020; redesign developmental education fundamentally, creating new evidencebased pathways that accelerate students’ progress toward successful college-level work; align explicit expectations defining readiness for college-level work with enhanced expectations for high school graduation; implement large-scale and effective collaborations with K-12 districts at both leadership and faculty levels; close the American skills gap; mobilize powerful local, regional, and national partnerships; refocus the community college mission and redefine institutional roles to meet 21st century education and employment needs; implement new policies and practices that promote rigor, transparency, and accountability for results in community colleges; and more.

If I may use the words of President Obama, I agree with the statement: “We have an obligation and

a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.” It is indeed a great time for SUNY community colleges. It is indeed an honor and a privilege to be a part of all the great and exciting initiatives that are planned for the future of community colleges.

Dr. King once said that the arch of the moral universe is long, but that it bends toward justice.

We can all do our part to bend the arch to make a difference in the lives of all students. Let’s bend that arch toward opportunity, let’s bend that arch toward prosperity for all and let’s work collaboratively to reclaim the American dream.

Kudos! Four members of the College’s faculty and staff were chosen to receive the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. Sandra M. Boynton (Sandy), Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Darcy Murphy, Information Processing Specialist II in the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Robyn M. Posson, Counselor II in the Division of Student Affairs, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Brett Wery, Professor in the School of Music, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.


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1) Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Penny Haynes was honored in April 2013 as a YWCA Woman of Achievement. She is flanked to the left by former winners Angela West-Davis, SCCC Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs, and Judith Dagostino, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature; and right by nominator Denise Murphy McGraw and former Woman of Achievement Dr. Martha Asselin, Vice President of Student Affairs. 2) Board of Trustees Chairwoman Denise Murphy McGraw was awarded the prestigious 2013 Northeast Regional Trustee Leadership Award by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).


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3) Dr. Quintin Bullock, President, was presented with the Capital District YMCA’s President’s Award in April 2013. He is pictured with Dave Brown, President and CEO of the Capital District YMCA. 4) Safety advisor William Van Hoesen, shown here with Dr. Martha Asselin, of the Student Affairs Division, was the recipient of the 2013 Melvin E. Bartlett Sr. Fire Safety Educator Award.


the pitch

Four aspiring entrepreneurs shared their passion and ideas for new businesses with

a panel of experts during the first Speed Pitch event in May 2013. The event was initiated by Matt Farron (back row, left), Professor in the Division of Business, Criminal Justice and Law, and Bob Frederick (back row, right), Coordinator of Career and Employment Services. They then partnered with Janet Tanguay (second row, second from right), Entrepreneurship Manager for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber, who organized the expert judges shown behind the students. Competing in the event were (front row, l. to r.): Rebecca

Students vow to complete their education Hundreds of students once again took the pledge, signing a large banner in the Student Commons vowing to complete their degree or certificate programs at the College. The SUNY-wide Completion Day took place in October 2013.


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Castillo, Business Administration and Hotel and Restaurant Management; Gail Seise Boyd, Culinary Arts and Hotel/Restaurant Management; Erin Baker, Culinary Arts; and Ryan Van Brocklen, Business Administration. Gail was the winner with her plan to produce and market Ramona’s Racao Puerto Rican Spice Blend. She received five hours of business coaching through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber.

Tobacco-Free at SCCC In September 2013, the SCCC campus joined SUNY colleges across the state by going tobacco free. The College’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution in May 2013, approving a new Tobacco-Free policy at the College, following a similar resolution by the SUNY system. “SCCC is committed to providing its employees, students and visitors with a safe and healthy environment,” College officials said. Since Fall 2013, the use of tobacco products is not permitted at any time on College grounds and facilities and in vehicles owned, leased or controlled by the College.




Full Time %

Part Time%

Sub total

GENDER Female 1396 51.80% 971 61.49% 2367 55.38% Male 1299 48.20% 608 38.51% 1907 44.62%

Overview of Graduating Classes


RACE White 1794 66.57% 1173 74.29% Black/African 508 18.85% 229 14.50% Asian 110 4.08% 56 3.55% Unknown 124 4.60% 71 4.50% Multi-Racial 107 3.97% 26 1.65% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 20 0.74% 11 0.70% American Indian/Alaskan 32 1.19% 13 0.82%

Number of Graduates Average Age Female Male Total Degrees/Certificates Transfer Degrees Career Degrees Certificates

545 25 58% 42% 571 206 293 70

2967 737 166 195 133 31 45

69.42% 17.24% 3.88% 4.56% 3.11% 0.73% 1.05%

ETHNICITY Non-Hispanic 2496 92.62% 1496 94.74% 3992 93.40% Hispanic 199 7.38% 83 5.26% 282 6.60% AGE DISTRIBUTION Under 18 16 0.59% 16 1.01% 32 0.75% 18 - 21 1669 61.93% 356 22.55% 2025 47.38% 22 - 24 350 12.99% 298 18.87% 648 15.16% 25 - 29 261 9.68% 293 18.56% 554 12.96% 30 - 34 139 5.16% 157 9.94% 296 6.93% 35 - 39 90 3.34% 123 7.79% 213 4.98% 40 - 49 115 4.27% 181 11.46% 296 6.93% 50 - 64 53 1.97% 127 8.04% 180 4.21% Over 64 2 0.07% 28 1.77% 30 0.70% MEDIAN AGE 20.64 26.51 22.29 MEAN AGE (Average) 23.89 31.23 26.6 MATRICULATED 2654 98.48% 1171 74.16% 3825 89.49% NON-MATRICULATE 41 1.52% 408 25.84% 449 10.51% HS STATUS(MATRICULATED ONLY)

SCCC Budget Revenues Student Revenues State Aid Local Share Revenues Expenditures Personnel Services Contractual Services Employee Benefits Equipment

2011 544 28 59% 41% 572 197 282 93

2012 624 29 54% 45% 664 220 372 72



59% 32.3% 8.7%

58.8% 33.6% 7.6%

48.9% 24.4% 24.7% 2%

49.4% 25.2% 23.5% 1.9%

2013 558 26.6 55% 45% 605 181 336 88

2013-2014 59.9 33.0% 7.1% 49.5% 24.4% 23.2% 2.8%

The College’s operating budget was $27,2555,855 for 2013 and increased to $29,508,427 (includes SCCC Albany expansion).

Note: SCCC has 2284 University in the High School (full-time and part-time) students in Fall 2013 not included in the total.

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Schenectady 1430 53.06% 928 58.77% 2358 55.17% Saratoga 280 10.39% 177 11.21% 457 10.69% Albany 480 17.81% 261 16.53% 741 17.34% Rensselaer 132 4.90% 68 4.31% 200 4.68% Schoharie 44 1.63% 21 1.33% 65 1.52% Montgomery 97 3.60% 40 2.53% 137 3.21% Fulton 38 1.41% 21 1.33% 59 1.38% Other 194 7.20% 63 3.99% 257 6.01% TOTAL STUDENTS 2695 100.00% 1579 100.00% 4274 100.00% DELHI 5 0.19% 72 4.56% 77 1.80% TOTAL 6,598 100 2,707 41.03 3,891 58.97

The students in the Smart Scholars Early College High School Program, which began in August 2010, entered their senior year in Fall 2013 at Schenectady High School. After completing Smart Scholars, they will have earned at least 20 college credits that they can transfer to any SUNY college.


commencement ceremony

2013 Amid cheers, high fives, a few tears and thunderous applause, SCCC’s newest graduates crossed the stage at Proctors during the College’s 43rd Commencement on May 23, 2013, at Proctors. There were more than 600 candidates for SCCC’s A.A.S., A.S., A.A., and A.O.S. degrees and certificates this year. During the ceremony, B.B.A. degrees were also awarded to students graduating from

commencement ceremony

SUNY Delhi through the SCCC – SUNY Delhi partnership. Keynote speaker was George Goldhoff ’83, President and CEO of Pure Canadian Gaming, the largest casino operator in Alberta, Canada. (He is pictured above with Denise Murphy McGraw, Board of Trustees Chair, and Dr. Quintin Bullock, President.)

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Annual Report


The SCCC Annual Report 2013