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NCCC budget will not add to counties share

Contribution from Essex, Franklin remains the same

North Country Community College President Dr. Steven Tyrell and V.P. for Financial Operations Bill Chapin address members of the Board of Supervisors.

North Country Community College President Dr. Steven Tyrell and V.P. for Financial Operations Bill Chapin address members of the Board of Supervisors. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “The staff gets them to think about ways to get the students to contribute back to Essex County once they leave,” he said.

The school, which also has a satellite campus in Ticonderoga as well as Malone, enrolls approximately 300 students from Essex County. Scozzafava said that he hoped the college would look to bring even more residents in.

“Dr. Tyrell assured the committee that they are going to try and work hard to recruit more residents from Essex County into the school,” Scozzafava said. “Any students that go to Adirondack or other colleges, we have to pay those colleges back to the tune of about $600,000 a year.”

Tyrell also spoke about the different mediums over which people attend college.

In the last 10 years, colleges have moved as quickly as they can to online instruction,” he said. “It has been a real advantage for people who are place-bound, especially community college. North Country has increased its online offerings. We have to look at all types of ways to deliver education today, including new kinds of ways that we see today and ways that we have not even seen yet. The one thing that we have to balance is that we cannot sacrifice the quality of education that we offer.”

Tyrell added that, if he were a college student that could just text his answer to his instructor, it would make him very happy.

“Those challenges post great opportunity for us,” Tyrell said. “There is no more exciting area to look at the use of new ways to use technology for education then in the community college setting.”

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