Clinton Community College to host technology open house Thursday

PLATTSBURGH Theres much in store for students matriculating to Clinton Community College, with some new additions to the institutions technology curriculum. An open house will be held in the atrium of the Ronald B. Stafford Center on the colleges campus this Thursday, Nov. 20. The event, which will be held from 3-6 p.m., will give the public and prospective students the chance to meet faculty members and tour technology course classrooms. Ron A. Poland, a professor in the colleges Computer Information Systems program and Business and Technology division coordinator, said there will be much for people to see and learn at the open house. Information about the colleges three newest program additions Electrical Technology, Computer Technology and Wind Energy and Turbine Technology will be among the topics to be discussed. The programs, which are fully approved by State University of New York and the New York State Education Department, will be offered beginning in the spring, overseen by Professor Albert E. Cordes. Theres quite a demand for people with technical skills in this area, said Cordes. And, these programs will provide students the technical skills theyll need to find good paying jobs. New employers like Nova Bus, which is in the process of locating to Plattsburgh, and existing businesses such as Bombardier, Georgia Pacific, International Paper and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals can ultimately benefit from the students who will be trained from the programs, said Cordes. The whole effort is to create a better trained workforce, he said. The courses will be offered in addition to existing ones such as Computer Information Systems, Computer Science and Industrial Technology. Poland said that by offering an array of technology courses, students will have a better ability to determine what career path theyd like to choose. If a student is more interested in what I call the blue collar side of computers, which is working on a persons network or computer, that would be Computer Information Systems, explained Poland. Computer Science is for the programming crowd. Computer Technology is more of a blend between those two. Theyll know more about programming, more about electronics and therefore it opens the door to a number of career fields. Students may also take advantage of articulation agreements Clinton Community College has with other colleges and universities when pursuing four-year degrees, said Cordes. The college is in the process of arranging agreements for its Electrical Technology and Computer Technology courses with SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. Agreements with other SUNY schools will be forthcoming so students can save money with their reasonable tuition, he added. One of the advantages to both of these programs is that students can go out in the workforce right after they get their associates degree but if they want to transfer into a four-year degree in Electronics Technology, there will be ample opportunity to do that, said Cordes. An agreement is already in existence for Clinton Community Colleges Computer Information Systems program, said Poland, and has been for the past four years with Rochester Institute of Technology. Weve already had graduates leave here and graduate from there, where they call it their Management Information Systems program, said Poland. Students may also take advantage of the colleges 2+2 Program, which encourages them to transfer to a four-year school within the SUNY system. The agreements Clinton Community College has with institutions like SUNY Plattsburgh ensure students may begin any of a vast number of programs at Clinton and then transfer to a four-year school to complete bachelors degree work in their chosen field of study. Theres many ways to get to the end and save a ton of money, said Poland. Clinton Community College continues to be on the cutting edge of offering courses for students interested in todays most sought-after careers, said Poland. In addition to Electrical Technology and Computer Technology, the college will offer Wind Energy and Turbine Technology beginning in the spring. That program will provide students with the background necessary for careers in wind turbine maintenance and repair and is the only program of its kind in New York State, said Poland. Clinton Community Colleges sterling reputation is also responsible for the institutions hosting of Verizons Next Step Program. While the telecommunication technology program is a closed program offered only to union Verizon employees for necessary training, Poland said the fact Clinton was chosen to offer the program speaks volumes about the colleges level of excellence. There are only select campuses in New England and New York that support this program, said Poland. Registration for spring semester courses has already begun for current Clinton Community College students, with registration for new students beginning Monday, Dec. 1. For more information about technology programs offered at Clinton Community College, contact Poland at 562-4194. Questions about enrollment at the college may be directed to the colleges admissions office, at 562-4170 or 1-800-552-1160. More information may be found on-line at www.clinton.edu.

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