SUNY Cobleskill Signs Memorandum to Become Official Partner in Jefferson Community College Higher Education Center


June 7, 2012

Representatives from SUNY Cobleskill and Jefferson Community College (JCC) today formally signed a memorandum of understanding making SUNY Cobleskill an official partner institution in Jefferson Community College’s Higher Education Center initiative. SUNY Cobleskill will offer a bachelor of science degree in Early Childhood Studies: Birth - Age 5, on Jefferson’s campus beginning in the fall 2012 semester.


The Higher Education Center initiative at Jefferson Community College provides increased access to bachelor’s, master’s, professional certifications and doctoral programs, for residents in the North Country region. Jefferson Higher Education Center (JHEC) partners provide collaborative educational offerings that benefit the region’s workforce and economic development.


The mission of SUNY Cobleskill’s Early Childhood Studies program is to prepare students to become early childhood professionals who provide excellent care, education and services for young children and their families. The curriculum is specially designed for working adults who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree on a part-time basis. Graduates are grounded in best practices and prepared to work in a variety of roles in the early childhood field or to enter master’s degree programs. The early childhood studies program is ideally suited for students who have an A.A.S. degree in early childhood from Jefferson Community College with a 2.5 GPA and have completed courses listed on the October 2011 articulation agreement between SUNY Cobleskill and JCC.


An information session for interested students to learn more about SUNY Cobleskill’s program will be held on Tuesday, June 12, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., in Room E-117 of the Extended Learning Center at Jefferson Community College.


“SUNY Cobleskill is excited to partner with Jefferson Community College’s Higher Education Center,” says Dr. Debra Thatcher, SUNY Cobleskill provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The Center provides a terrific opportunity for members of the Northern New York region to benefit from SUNY Cobleskill’s expertise and earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood studies whileworking or raising a family.”  


“Jefferson Community College is delighted to have Cobleskill as a partner in the Higher Education Center,” says Dr. Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College.  “Our faculty and students are very excited about the opportunities in early childhood education that Cobleskill’s high quality program brings to the community.” 


Jefferson Community College Higher Education Center academic partners currently include Keuka College, St. John Fisher College, SUNY Upstate Medical University, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Empire State College.  Combined, these institutions are providing opportunities for six bachelor’s degrees, six master’s degrees and a doctorate in education program to be earned locally. Jefferson also has numerous articulation agreements that facilitate seamless transfer from Jefferson to bachelor-level programs at colleges and universities across the country. Jefferson’s Higher Education Center initiative is located in the Extended Learning Center on campus, along with Jefferson’s Continuing Education Division and the NYS Small Business Development Center.


For more information regarding application and admission to SUNY Cobleskill’s early childhood studies baccalaureate program, or to RSVP for the June 12 information session at JCC, please contact the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at 518- 255-5528 or email To learn more about the Jefferson Community College Higher Education Center, please contact Jill M. Pippin, Dean for Continuing Education at Jefferson Community College, 315-786-2238.


About Jefferson Community College

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Dr. Carole A. McCoy, President, Jefferson Community college; Dr. Debra Thatcher, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, SUNY Cobleskil.