CCC highlights successes over past year

That list also includes how the college's human services program was accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education last year - one of only three in New York State and the only one upstate.

However, what Jablonski considered one of the most crowning achievements for the college during the 2009-10 school year, was the continuation of its College Advancement Program, which gives students an opportunity to earn college credits before graduating high school. Last year, 840 high school students were enrolled in the program, with 24 awarded presidential scholarships that will allow them to attend the CCC tuition-free.

"The most important thing about [the program] is not necessarily that it shortens up a student's time toward the degree - although that could happen - but the most important thing in my view is that it allows students who might not otherwise be sure that they're college material to kind of test this out," said Jablonski. "What we hope is that more students will be assured that, 'Yeah, I can do this work. I can be successful at college.'"

"We hope that opens some doors to students for whom doors might not have been open before," he added.

The mission of the college, said Jablonski, aligns with State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher's "Power of SUNY" campaign - a strategic plan to show how SUNY schools like CCC can help the state recover from a troubled economy and to improve the quality of life for its residents.

"We here at Clinton are implementing those here in our little piece of New York State," said Jablonski. "People who may never enroll in a course here are benefitting from our nursing program every time they go to a physicians office or every time they go to CVPH Medical Center because chances are very, very high that part of their health care is being delivered by a Clinton Community College graduate."

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