“Now that the lease is settled, the landlord will start the renovation process for the build-out of our space,” said Vice President for Administration and Finance Nicholas Lyons. “We anticipate completion in 90 days.”*
The college is in the process of hiring a director for the center, which will be a site for graduate courses and training and professional development opportunities for professionals working in downtown Syracuse, said Yvonne Petrella, director of Oswego’s Division of Continuing Education.
Among the initial graduate courses now planned for the new center are “International Business,” “Introduction to Play Therapy,” “Introduction to Gerontology” and “History of Organized Crime,” she said.
Petrella said the college began exploring the possibility of operating a site in the Syracuse area more than two years ago. “We had many discussions with business and industry leaders in Central New York to discuss the feasibility so that the college could better understand their workforce needs and future opportunities,” she said.
The college began looking for a downtown location last year, settling on the Atrium building. The lease with Atrium Associates, LLC, needed approval from the State University of New York, the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the Office of the State Comptroller.
SUNY Oswego offers off-campus courses at many locations around Central New York and beyond. The college has operated the Oswego State Education Center in Phoenix at Oswego County’s industrial park since 1994.
Petrella said a grand opening for the SUNY Oswego Metro Center is tentatively planned for late spring or early summer.
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*UPDATE: Opening is now planned for May. The courses beginning March 31 will be held in alternate spaces in Syracuse as construction work continues at 2 Clinton Square.
PHOTO CAPTION: The Atrium in Syracuse’s Clinton Square will host the SUNY Oswego Metro Center, with classes starting this year.
CONTACT: Nicholas Lyons, 312-2222
(Posted: Dec 21, 2007)