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Hudson Valley Community College Inks Agreement with SUNY Plattsburgh to House Criminal Justice Degree

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, July 6, 201

WHO: Attending the signing ceremony from Plattsburgh will be SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling. Attending the ceremony from Hudson Valley will be President Drew Matonak; Dr. Margaret Geehan, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Ann Geisendorfer, the department chair of the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department.
WHAT: A new agreement between Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh will allow Hudson Valley to host upper-level courses in SUNY Plattsburgh's Criminal Justice bachelor's degree program. This agreement will allow students who complete an associate degree in criminal justice at Hudson Valley to continue taking classes toward a bachelor's degree on the Troy campus. Leadership from both institutions will meet to formalize the agreement.

11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 7


The Office of Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak, Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Hudson Valley Community College campus.


Each year, more than 100 students graduate from Hudson Valley Community College's Criminal Justice program and many look to continue their education with a bachelor's degree in the field. This agreement will link the college with one of the most prestigious criminal justice programs in the State University of New York system.

New York State law prohibits community colleges from offering bachelor's degrees, but with growing transfer populations, some four-year colleges and universities are taking the next logical step – offering the final two years of their academic programs right on local community college campuses. This effort follows a trend at community colleges across the SUNY system. Last year, the college entered into an agreement with Cazenovia College to offer that school's Human Services bachelor's degree on the Hudson Valley campus. Similarly, it has housed the SUNY IT bachelor's degree program in nursing for more than 15 years.