"Our mission here at Clinton Community College is a community based-mission," he continued. "Our focus is clearly on the North Country and particularly in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. We're proud that community is our middle name."
As for the future, Jablonksi stated the college will face enrollment challenges as statistics show there will be less young people graduating from high schools in the next five years versus the last five. However, Jablonski said he knows the college will continue to thrive as its focus is on more than just recent high school graduates.
"I think you'll see us making more opportunities available for the nontraditional adult learners, those people who may have been out of school for a long time but are finding it increasingly important to come back and pursue higher education, maybe at a nontraditional point in their lives and in their careers," said Jablonski. "So, whether that's on-line learning or whether it's evenings and weekends, I think you'll be seeing us in the next few years broadening those kinds of opportunities as well."
The college's non-credit programs which train employees for businesses like Nova Bus, are also key the college's future.
"We provided a great deal of workforce training for them and, hopefully as Laurentian comes in, we will be a good partner with them as education and training opportunities arise," he said. "It's a great number of things that we're all proud of here at Clinton that we're accomplishing."