Saranac Lake Clarkson University students will be moving into their new mini-campus on Lake Flower Avenue next week to spend the fall semester studying the Adirondack Park.
The Potsdam-based college has set up the Adirondack Center for Education and Sustainability at 245 Lake Flower Ave., a complex that includes the former business spaces for Cherrie Sayles Realty and Bling (two separate buildings), which will be used for student housing. The garage in the back has been remodeled for classroom space. This property is now the headquarters for Clarkson’s new Adirondack Semester.
“It’s going to be accommodating for students that are interested in environmental science, political science, business and entrepreneurship, and social sciences,” said Adirondack Semester Program Coordinator Michael Dinan.
The Adirondack Semester is designed for students who are looking for a full semester experience in the Adirondack Park — students who would typically study abroad during their junior and senior years. But it’s not just open to Clarkson students; Dinan hopes to have students from all over the country study the Adirondack Park in this program.
“We’re trying to make it a multi-spectrum program to entice students from other universities to come here,” Dinan said.
Clarkson hopes to give students a program that will help them get hired for the many “green” jobs that are now being created in the workforce.
“We see that there’s a demand for green-collar jobs, so we think we can provide an experience for students that will translate to real-world job situations when they graduate from this program,” Dinan said. “They’ll see the scope of environmental science. They’ll see social sciences, the policies and the business aspects of the Adirondack Park. It’s really a study of the Adirondack Park: how it came to be what it is, what it is now and prospects on the future of the Park.”