The North Country is a great place to learn


As another season of school gets under way, the region’s community colleges continue to provide a quality education at a good price.

The North Country enjoys Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, North Country Community College in Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga and Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh.

These institutions are gems residing within their surrounding communities.

Adirondack Community College, founded in 1961, serves Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties and offers more than 30 academic programs.

North Country Community College, founded in 1967, serves Franklin and Essex counties. It has received both state and nationwide recognition for its academic programs.

Some people refer to Clinton Community College as “Harvard on the Hill,” a nickname that leaves those not in the know wondering what it is all about.

Driving up the hill one notices the beauty of its historic buildings, which housed presidents who ran the country from the scenic location that was once a hotel.

The view of Lake Champlain stops you in your tracks and you imagine yourself sitting on the balcony reading a book or writing a research paper as a college student.

Students, faculty, administrators and area business leaders say CCC has more than earned its academic reputation.

Typical learners fresh out of high school flock to it, and adult learners are quickly embraced into the CCC fold as one of its own, helping them ease back into life as a full-time student, providing them with the tools to exceed and shine and sending her off with a solid academic foundation.

Students and their families consistently provide glowing recommendations of the school. Many say the professors worked them hard, but were kind and helpful, and the school provided all the resources they needed to succeed.

CCC’s programs are renowned in the state and beyond, as reported in national ranking achievements and studies, such as one from Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT that praised registered nurses who graduated from CCC’s nursing program over graduates from other institutions.

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