Free summer course offer expanded at Metro Center

Metro Center classSUNY Oswego offers an opportunity for any Central New York resident with a bachelor’s degree to take a first graduate course, tuition-free, this summer at its Metro Center in Syracuse.

SUNY Oswego has slated more than 30 summer graduate courses at the Metro Center in the Atrium, 2 Clinton Square. They include classes in business, chemistry, counseling, education, marketing, psychology and other fields.

The Course to Connect initiative aims to take the intellectual capital available in Central New York’s college-educated students, grow additional capital through post-baccalaureate certificate or advanced degree programs, and channel it into a long-term economic development strategy for the region, said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley.

Originally designed for just 2009 graduates, SUNY Oswego decided to expand the Course to Connect program’s benefits to the region by extending availability, providing a free master’s-level class at the Metro Center to anyone in Central New York with a bachelor’s degree who has never taken a graduate course before.

“As a strong, reputable and affordable institution of higher education, we have the potential to seriously impact the economic development efforts in the region by providing employers with a highly educated workforce prepared to meet their needs and to begin to reverse the demographic decline we face in Upstate New York,” Stanley noted.

Stanley noted the opportunity to make connections could keep the region’s young professionals in Central New York to help stimulate the economy.

For this program, Central New York residents are defined as those living in Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego or Tompkins counties.

“The proposal offers an alternative approach to the sweeping, across-the-board spending cuts and corrosive divestment of state dollars in public higher education,” Stanley said. “The Course-to-Connect initiative boldly invests in Central New York by growing our
knowledge-based, high-technology economy and helping to meet the region’s need for affordable, reputable and conveniently delivered graduate and continuing education.”

If applicants meet requirements, they may take one free graduate class during the 2009 summer session at the Metro Center, on a first-come, first-served and space-available basis.

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(Posted: Mar 12, 2009)

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