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Friday, October 17, 2014 - 5:21pm

JCC’s associate degree programs in computer science and information technology are now part of Open SUNY+, an enhanced tier of the State University of New York’s online learning initiative.

While all of JCC’s online programs as well as those offered by other SUNY colleges and universities are part of Open SUNY, those powered by “Open SUNY+” feature additional support services for students and faculty.

“Open SUNY embodies all of the ideals we aim to uphold in service to our students – increased access to quality higher education and improved avenues for degree completion and career success,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy A. Zimpher. “The growth of Open SUNY in its inaugural year is remarkable. We are more confident than ever that, at full scale, Open SUNY will emerge as the world’s largest online learning environment.”

Through a comprehensive set of support services unique to Open SUNY+, online students and faculty are able to connect in the same way traditional, on-campus students and faculty connect. For Open SUNY students, these support services include:

•  a 24/7 help desk that assists students with technical questions;

•  online academic tutoring, also available day and night;

•  a personal student concierge who connects students to representatives from their home campus when needed; and

•  expanded access to applied learning opportunities that enhance student knowledge and give students a competitive edge by providing them with hands-on work experience in their field prior to graduation. SUNY is committed to providing every student with an applied learning opportunity, including all those attending exclusively online through Open SUNY.

For faculty, SUNY has established a Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE), a professional development community where faculty of all levels of experience in online education from across the system have an opportunity to learn more about new online teaching practices and share ideas and techniques with colleagues across SUNY.

“The inclusion of JCC’s degree offerings in Open SUNY+ is recognition of the quality of our online programs as well as our commitment to expanding access to JCC’s offerings,” said Nelson J. Garifi, executive director of academic innovation at JCC. “As SUNY’s first community college, JCC has always been progressive in enhancing its programs and services. Open SUNY+ allows us to tap into the resources of SUNY as the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education.”

In addition to offerings in computer science and information technology, JCC offers online degree programs in business administration, accounting, individual studies, information technology, medical office technology, office technology, and professional piloting, as wee as online certificate programs in entrepreneurship, individual studies, and information technology. 

“JCC recognizes that today’s students seek higher education opportunities that fit their busy lifestyles and acknowledge the dynamic interface of technology and learning,” Garifi said. “By embracing online learning and connecting with Open SUNY+, we can serve students in our own communities and around the world.”

A list of 56 new Open SUNY+ programs includes JCC’s two offerings, as well as information for prospective students. The new programs bring the total to 64 Open SUNY+ programs offered by 19 campuses.

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