PLATTSBURGH - Clinton Community College has had a good year.
The college recently released its 2009-2010 Annual Report, giving the institution a chance to take stock of "the good things" done over the pas year, said college president John E. Jablonski.
"It's important for us and for our stakeholders in the community to know, yeah, we've moved the ball down the field, we've made a good deal of progress in the last year," Jablonski said.
According to the report, enrollment of full- and part-time students for the fall 2010 semester was up 8 percent over the previous year, from 2,212 students to 2,401. The number is also a 13 percent increase over the fall 2008 semester, which demonstrates a growing trend in people being attracted to "the Clinton advantage," Jablonski said.
"Community colleges are set up to be accessible, more accessible probably than any other type of higher ed institution," said Jablonski. "We're financially accessible - many students can't afford the high price tag of college education, but thanks to our low tuition, our support from Clinton County that sponsors us, New York State and the financial aid that's available. We're geographically accessible and what I like to call temporally accessible. Everybody's leading busy lives today, so whether it's our on-line learning programs or whether it's our flexible scheduling, we're accessible in that way."
Clinton Community College's increase in enrollment is something Jablonski also attributes to the college's well-established curriculum and new, cutting-edge programs being offered.
"We have the first and only wind energy and turbine technology program not only in New York State but in the Northeast U.S.," Jablonski cited as an example. "Our nursing graduates continue on an annual basis to exceed the state and national pass rate on our licensing exam ... The list goes on and on."