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SUNY Canton Partners with Local High Schools

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Area high school students will have the opportunity to earn college credits through a new partnership with SUNY Canton.

The College recently received a $200,000 grant from the New York State Education Department enabling them to work with Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena High School and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) program.

Smart Scholars“Students who earn college credits in high school are more likely to graduate and successfully attend college,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This program allows us to provide quality, career-oriented educational opportunities to local high school students while preparing them for future success at the college level. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

The Smart Scholars ECHS program is a newly implemented program designed to give students the opportunity to accelerate the completion of high school studies while earning college credits at the same time, according to a recent press release from the New York State Education Department.

Students receive additional academic support from school and college partnerships to ensure they are at grade level and ready to participate in rigorous collegiate courses. This ‘dual enrollment’ program serves to increase high school graduation and college completion rates among those historically left in the gap, while reducing college tuition costs as a result of the more than 20 college credits earned in high school.

“I am thrilled with this award and the opportunities it will provide high school students in the North Country,” said JoAnne M. Fassinger, grants coordinator at SUNY Canton. “In the program’s first year, 90 total rising freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be eligible to participate. We want the younger students to see the success achieved by the older students obtaining dual enrollment credit.”

The entering ninth graders will attend the program at Massena Central and Ogdensburg Free Academy High Schools beginning during the 2011-2012 academic year. Teachers from participating high schools will teach the college-level credit bearing courses. Students will learn in a variety of formats in addition to the traditional face-to-face classroom experience, including online, video-conferencing, and distance learning. Students will be invited to participate in a variety of activities at SUNY Canton.

“When they graduate high school and arrive for the first day of college, we do not want the experience to be a foreign one to them,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, assistant professor in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology and the College’s program coordinator. “This allows us to better acclimate these students by providing them with a seamless transition between high school and college.”

Students in the program will have access to many of the opportunities as a college student, including e their own SUNY Canton identification cards, access to tutoring, the library, and events being held on the campus.

SUNY Canton received one of the 16 grants announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Education Commissioner David M. Steiner in May. Previously, eleven Smart Scholars ECHS partnerships were initiated in December 2009 with private funding, in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to this year’s $5.5 million in program grants, $500,000 was funded to provide technical assistance for all 27 ECHS projects.

Since the initial $6 million grant in 2009, the Smart Scholars ECHS program has supported 2,570 minority or low-income students. More than 2,600 students are expected to benefit from the additional funding provided this year.


SUNY Canton Honors Area High School Students

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Lisbon Central School's Tessa Kelley for her achievement at the college.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Lisbon Central School's Tessa Kelley for her achievement at the college.

Nearly 80 area graduating high school students began college early at SUNY Canton. Some students earned the equivalent to an entire semester of college before finishing high school.

College officials celebrated those students’ commitment to their education at a recent recognition ceremony. The college presented each of the students with a ceremonial SUNY Canton honor cord to be worn during their high school commencement ceremonies.

“We want to honor everyone who will be graduating from high school this year with SUNY Canton college credits,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy at the ceremony. “These students have what it takes to be successful in the next steps of their education.”

The students, who accumulated between 3 and 18 college credits through the college’s distance learning partnership with St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, may be able to graduate early from their respective college programs or take a reduced course load to ease into the adjustment of college life. Approximately 25 of the students have already been accepted at SUNY Canton for the Fall 2009 semester.

“Your initiative speaks wonders to what you are going to achieve,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs William R. Trumble. “You are exactly the students that we want at SUNY Canton.”

The College has two academic classrooms dedicated for distance learning. Faculty members utilize the technology to instruct college-level students at partner locations including the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lomonosov Moscow State University, among other partner universities. The videoconference style courses supplement the College’s online initiatives through SUNY Canton OnLine.

High school students who are interested in taking college courses through SUNY Canton should make the necessary arrangements with their high school guidance counselors.

Among those high school seniors with college credits earned from SUNY Canton are:

Clifton-Fine Central High School

· Justin Jones

· Sarah Lackemann

· Jacquelyn Pomerville

· Jordyn Sullivan

· Ryan Tanner

Gouverneur Junior-Senior High School

· Tyler Boscoe

· Blake Burr

· Trevor Carr

· Jockquelynne Come

· Nicolas Cotton-Baez

· Tyler Davis

· Sean Dewhirst

· Rebecca Don

· Natasha Embry

· Jasmine Frasher

· Meggan Geer

· Derek Gordon

· Emily Jackson

· Dustin Lallier

· Miranda Lashbrooks

· Jeanne LaVack

· Drew Leonard

· Chelsea Myers

· Brandon Raymo

· Benjamin Schermerhorn

· Joseph Schuessler

· Jillian Sergel

· Michelle Smith

· Nicholas Sterling

· Tricia Storie

· Danielle Waugh

· J. Talan Weekes

· Rinnan Whitford

· Sabrina Whitford

Hammond Central School

· Whitney Atkins

· Cassandra Cunningham

· Aubrie Dunn

· Maxine Hill

· Brooke Hollister

· Katlyn Hunt

· Jackie Knight

· Jessica Measheaw

· Nicole Richard

Hermon-DeKalb Central School

· Tyler Amo

· Marissa Bacon

· Kory Besaw

· Kaitlin Corscadden

· Nicole Fountain

· Courtney Holt

· Natasha Sayer

· Amanda Southwell

· Caitlin Spadaccini

· Michele Watkins

· Samantha Wentzel

Heuvelton Central School

· Thomas Blackburn

· Jacob Cougler

· Casey Donnelly

· Heather Johnson

· Sean Kelly

· Katherine Lashua

· Janeel Spiva

· Alexa Stowe

Lisbon Central School

· Rachael Bowdish

· Janna Crosby

· Rodney Cross

· Mara Dawson

· Alyson Felt

· Brittany Hill

· Tessa Kelley

· David Lalonde

· Shawna LaTulip

· Natalie Putney

Norwood-Norfolk Junior-Senior High School

· Raychel Dulin

· Lauren Lashomb

· Holly Planty

· TJ Sawyer

St. Lawrence Central

· Shelby McGraw

· Stephanie Toomey

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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